The MRI went smoothly--My fuzzy North Face hat and ear plugs muffled the sound enough. (I practice my breathing and sending prayers and thoughtful energy to loved ones while I'm in the tube.) We waited for the results at the local Pannekoeken House. At noon we headed home with no results yet--we had children to collect from school. On the drive home, between pod casts of This American Life and Radio Lab, we received the call. The research nurse read the results to us over the phone--the tumor is so small that it cannot be accurately measured, only the tiny metal clip to mark the position is left. It's gone. So relieved. The chemotherapy is working. No worrisome lymph nodes seen. There is still an area of "enhancement" in the surrounding tissue, so I'm not out of the woods completely. The Paget's portion of the cancer means I will still have to have surgery. The surgery date has been set for Jan. 17th--double mastectomy. I will meet with my surgeons again next week to go over the safest approach and techniques offered.
This week on Thursday, I will start my new chemo regimen. It's called AC ( Adriamycin and Cytoxan). This is not supposed to be quite as friendly as my last round of chemo. 8 weeks with treatment every other Thursday. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I head into this next round. I'm hopeful and grateful that the treatment has gone so well so far. I hope our Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons will go smoothly. I actually have some of the shopping done already....keeping it simple and close to home this year.
Here is my FB entry from Oct. 24th--"At 4:30 this morning the alarm went off. Waking us for our various pursuits. J headed to Las Vegas for a baseball tourney, Tim to teach, girls to school, me to the U of MN for treatment today. As I was about to step into the shower with my tiny scrawny head, Tim said, "Happy Anniversary dear." I said, "Oh yeah, Happy Anniversary to you too. I bet you weren't envisioning all of this when you said '...for better or worse...' ". He smiled and said, "Yes, well, you never know which is which." Sweet. Kind. True Love.