Had a very positive day at the oncology appointment. I got to see Dr H my leading oncology doctor (half the time I see his underlings). He was very impressed with my weight loss and also said it was definitley ok for me to get my teeth fixed now. He is pleased with the way my infection site is healing but does want to see me again before my surgery. Usually at this point in herceptin chemo they dont see you for 3 months and just “ok” you for the herceptin treatments in between, but he wants to see me again before the surgery. It’s because of my history of infections and also because he wants for me to get a echocardiogram done. It’s just to check the herceptin hasn’t had to much effect on my heart – that’s it only major side effect.
He thinks the radiation has definitely had some effect. They can’t tell me much more until the surgery is done because only then will they know for sure how effective chemo and radiation have been.
OH came with me to the Oncology assessment and afterwards we went to Manukau and I picked up my pandora bead for my bracelet to celebrate finishing radiation. The radiation burns are healed and I can actually wear a bra again. Still need to wear the larger bra I bought after Gertrude appeared as Gertrude is still slightly larger than my other breast. I can only wear the bra when I need to (i.e. going out of the house) as Gertrude still gets a bit aggravated from the close confines (gets a bit redder and puffier as a result of the lymph vessels getting blocked)
I now have five beads on my bracelet.
from left to right in picture below:
radiation bead, hosptilisation due to infection bead, diagnosis bead (breast cancer ribbon bead), I heart(love) U bead from YD at Christmas, and taxotere chemo bead
The only other beads I hope to add this year are surgery bead (April), herceptin chemo bead (August), and most importantly an N.E.D bead (no evidence of disease – what they call remission now). If everything goes according to plan I will then just add a bead every anniversary of N.E.D status being achieved