August 23, 2010-After a calm relaxing Sunday, the medical journey began again Monday morning. First, life happened. Zach needed to be dropped off in Clarkston for a tennis tournament. I needed to be the one to do it. I guess it is no different than any cancer patient continuing to work during their treatment. Not only am I a mom but it is also my job. It is a choice that I have been blessed enough to make. It was a good morning. I was able to share my diagnosis with some of the other tennis moms and meet one of Shelby's all time favorite moms, who *God thing* has been coping with a mother with cancer herself.
So I may or may not have been speeding from Clarkston to Flint. Thankfully, it was still the morning commute and I never had to take the lead ;-) Gary was waiting in the parking lot of the cancer center and was happy to note that it was only 8 minutes from the plant. That is really going to be a blessing. We headed inside and guess what - More Paperwork. I'm sure this is the generic form I will see everytime I have an appointment with Dr. Black. The front is a huge list of yes or no questions about your current health. I loved the mental health questions toward the end. "How satisfied are you with your life?" Well, I was extremely satisfied until I got cancer. So the giggles are starting from the Duffs and then I flip the page over and at the top Chief Complaint Today? Now we are almost rolling on the floor, so I write PAPERWORK - oh yeah and Cancer. I wonder if anyone has ever been thrown out of the cancer center? I guess I'll find out when I start watching "True Blood" in the Chemo room.
Not too much chit chat with Dr. Black this morning. The test results are in and my bone marrow does not have lymphoma present. The PET Scan results show multiple hypermetabolic deposits above and below the diaphragm. The conclusion is Stage IV Lymphoma. Dr. Black's plan for treatment is 6 cycles of R-CHOP spaced 3 weeks apart with a repeat of the PET Scan after my 4th cycle. I will do a blog entry on what exactly R-CHOP is next.
Praise the Lord - I had to return to the tennis tournament. It really kept my mind in a good place while I tried to handle Stage IV. Even though I had read enough about Lymphoma to know that Staging isn't quite the same as with other cancers, it still knocked the wind out of me for a bit. At least, I know that there are lots of health benefits to a good cry. So I should be very healthy today. It also helped that I came across a blog of a man battling Stage IV Lymphoma who was cancer free after only 3 cycles. Now my focus is a cancer free Christmas.