Soo, a few weeks ago, I headed back to NY… technically I was there for Social Media week and #cmgrUN! And they were awesome! I will be writing about #cmgrUN over on My Community Manager! The trip to NY also, included my check up appointment for my bewbs! Deep Breath
I procrastinated making my appointment, dreaded that call.. it had been almost 60days since I stopped the chemo. My body had almost stopped hating me for injecting all the horrible drugs, my war with food was mostly over and I just needed Dr. AKME to sign off, to give me magical words…
Only, it turns out there are no magical words. Once you have CANCER, you are always at risk, there is no magical phrase that makes it better. I move from patient to survivor. I am not ok with this. There are no good words for any of this. I heard words, like negative, benign, recurrence, chances are… not you are cured, this is over. *sigh*
So, the appointment, went well… I have gained back most of the weight lost thanks to the lovely chemo and eating only scrambled eggs and Ben and Jerry’s for months. They took the blood, did the mammogram and those tests came back
benign negative!! WooT! I knew all this, I knew my surgeon did a fantastic job and got all the visible cancer. And, she even managed to keep the scars loverly and non-visible! Dr. AKME admired her work and even mentioned how symmetrical the girls are. I know, all superficial but for me, that was good to hear after months of looking at my Chemo ravaged body!!! Did you see, I even haz hair!!!
Now, what’s next… Radiation!! For a whole 24hours, I thought I wasn’t going to have to do this, I thought, I was done. Only, I was a bit premature in this thinking. With my type of cancer, my diagnosis and my age… radiation is a must!! Why? Coz, of my age, coz of the type of cancer! Upside….
The radiation offices have this
I was in awe and shock after walking into the offices buried deep down in the Financial District, after the horrors of my mammogram ( that is a whole nother story) I was leery and a little bit bitter when I arrived. However, the staff… AMAZING, the offices, GORGEOUS, my new Dr. and Tech, there are no words!! And, y’all know me, I am not frequently speechless. I’m going to call new Dr, Dr. RAD… she sat me down, laid it out for me. She told me I wasn’t special. The statistics of recurrence not in my favor. I needed to start radiation. Good news, I don’t have to have much and the side-effects are minimal. In fact, only 33 days. Not such a random number, it’s every day for 10min. And, they get me there. They go above and beyond to make you comfortable, to make the experience painless and completely tailored to you. It’s all about the patient!!
So much so, they were able to do the initial set up while I was there. Dr. RAD sent me off for coffee and when I came back, the Tech was able to get me in, take pics, give me my tattoos! Yup, I was put into this machine, I was x-ray’d and tattooed*! They are goin to focus the radiation where Morte was and then my lymph nodes where minute cancerous cells were found! This will, hopefully, prevent recurrence!!
So… this week, I will be in Austin attending #SXSWi with @Nestivity and @Rawporter! Next week, I will be starting a different gig, ya more about that later!! While, I am looking for a place to live in NY starting the first of April.
*This was not how or where, I was planning on getting my second tattoo! However, they do look like freckles and I haz those, so I’m not going to count these, I have decided!! So, I am still planning for my 2nd tattoo!