As of last Thursday, I am DONE with my treatments! :-)
I am so happy, but kind of apprehensive too. For the last seven months, I’ve been doing something to rid my body of breast cancer. Appointments, surgery, chemotherapy, more appointments, radiation, etc. It feels kind of strange that everything is done. Just like that. I have moments of “YES! I did it!” followed by “Is it really over? Is it gone? For good?” It’s a very strange mix of feelings…
What’s next, right?
Well, not much actually. I see the radiation oncologist in a few weeks so he can check out my skin. (Despite all the creams and ointments, I still have some blistered and very sore areas on my chest.) I have a mammogram in 6 months, but no other scans scheduled–only blood work. My first blood work and follow up with my oncologist will be in April. The blood work will be looking for elevations in certain lab levels that would indicate the return or metastasis of this cancer. If there are any elevations, the next step would be a scan of some sort. I’ll continue to have blood work and meet with my oncologist every four months for at least a year. The oncology follow up continues for years after that, but truthfully–I don’t pay much attention past one year. (This brain can only handle so much!)
I will continue to post oncology updates here as they come, but for the most part–our blog will be updated with “family stuff” and happenings from now on. :-) We are hopeful and pray that all of the on-going lab tests are normal. We hope that this is the end of our cancer journey. Josh and I are so greatful for all of the prayers, gifts, meals, gas cards, hugs, and love that we have been given this past year. We are so incredibly blessed. Thank you!!