Hi friends! Happy to report that we had a great visit with my oncologist in Dallas last week. I’m scheduled to have another liver MRI and PET scan in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll be praying for good results!! I don’t want to get ahead of myself…..but there is a possibility I may be able to go on a chemo maintenance pill after I finish this “block” of chemo (16 treatments total). I know it’s still chemotherapy, but it sounds a little easier than what I’m doing right now. During my Dallas visit we discussed a lumpectomy (removing the main breast tumor) or possibly a mastectomy (removing the entire breast) if a lumpectomy isn’t feasible. The doctor also brought up possibly doing focused radiation (on my liver, sternum, and breast) after I complete this chemo block. I realize things can change from day to day…..so I’m trying to just take it one day at a time and trust that God’s plan is in place.
Back to the chemo pill- I believe my eyelashes and brows would grow back while I’m taking the pill which sounds glorious! (…it’s the little things…..and eyelashes and brows are actually quite useful believe it or not). But I digress. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to be here. Period. (Pic below from our Dallas visit). We were able to have lunch with some family and friends…..and it made the day that much better⭐️
Moving on, I was able to receive my 12th chemo treatment yesterday! If things go according to plan, I only have 4 more in this block! Praise. The. Lord. I found out recently that I have to stick to my cold cap “hair care” regimen for 1-3 months post chemo until all the shedding stops…..but at least there might be a break, or end in sight! I can’t tell you how much I miss wearing my hair in a messy bun, a ponytail….or washing my hair in the shower like a normal person! But, I am grateful that the cold caps have helped me keep a lot of my hair during this process. So that’s a win 🙂 I’m working on another blog piece for Woman’s Hospital on what goes into the cold cap process….so I’ll share that in the next couple of weeks once it is finished. (I’ve had a lot of people wanting more information on what the cold caps entail, so hopefully the blog will be helpful.) 💜
Chemo itself yesterday went smoothly….I had my amazing husband and cold cap crew with me….and a few of surprise visitors which really lifted my spirits🖤 (Thank you Julie Clark, Christy Thomas and Channin!) I was also able to see my friend Stacie and her sweet mom (pic below). Stacie is almost finished with chemo and I’m so excited to see her move on to the next chapter of her life.
Anyway, after I finished chemo and cold capping yesterday things went downhill a little. I’m not sure why, but I felt exceptionally awful last night starting around 9pm and today hasn’t been much better unfortunately. I’m really trying to remember that “joy is not dependent on my circumstances”…..but I’m human…..and the truth is it hasn’t been a great day. However. when things seem really hard…..I try to remind myself that God has this under control…and that I am so blessed to have the love and support from so many amazing people. Just because today wasn’t the best, doesn’t mean I can’t try again tomorrow 🙂
P.S. My husband made an excellent point that I might be the only qualified person in Baton Rouge to wear the jeans I had on yesterday…..besides him I suppose! I’m not trendy, but I am loving my new last name, and everything that comes with it⭐️
Keep those prayers coming, I appreciate it more than you know.
⭐️Holly Hollis Stars ⭐️