A bit of an update.
- I love my oncologist. If anyone wants a recommendation for an oncologist in the South Seattle area, contact me. I’ll gladly give you his information. He is just plain NICE, with a warm ‘bedside manner’ and truly listens.
- If I have chemo and Tamoxifen, my chance of having a recurrence of breast cancer is in the single digits. THAT is worth the trauma.
- I will very likely lose my hair.
- I’m not happy about this.
- I will deal. I will buy lots of lovely hats and learn to wear a scarf. It will likely be gone by the end of March, and won’t start returning until late May.
- There is some evidence that post-chemo hair grows in without gray, and curlier. So I may look 20 years younger (at least until the gray returns).
- I’m still having some trouble sleeping, but it’s improving.
- I’m really glad J. is home (he changed his plans to make it home in time to come with me to meet with the oncologist). I have a partner, not a boyfriend.
- (J’s mom is improving: no more fever, and she’s off the respirator. The medical staff are really positive about her recovery.)
- I am scheduled for my 2nd surgery next Wednesday (1/20) at ~10:30am PT.
Overall, I am in a fairly good mood. Mostly I think that my stubbornness is turning out to be an asset. I can’t do much other than move forward, so I am. This is the crap part, but it is not forever.