1 Year Cancer Recap
2 Year Cancer Recap:
Nov. 2007: CA125 has risen to 96. Normal is 30ish. Dr. Leimert decides to go back to chemo.
Dec. 2007: Start Carbo/Taxol chemo geared toward ovarian cancer. Bone scan and mammogram come back normal.
A favorite blogpost: The Wiggin Out story!!! (Appointment to try on wigs)
Dec. 12, 2007: Paris and my mom host a Hat Shower for me.
Here's my favorite Hat of Hope Story.
Dec. 23, 2007: Pulled a Britney Spears and shaved my head.
Dec. 31, 2007: Round 2 Carbo/Taxol chemo and first wig (donated). Check out my balding head!
Jan. 9, 2008: Tami Dunning, Weyerhause and Cruzaders Car Club donate laptop.
Jan. 20, 2008: Turned 42 years old!
Jan. 21 - Feb. 9, 2008: Alternative Therapy in Reno, Nevada (Thank you to the families that donated airfare for myself and family and those that kept me company and took care of me in REno! Thank you for the Catlin community for donating money towards the trip and treatments!)
Jan. 26, 2008: My best friends since Jr. High, Janelle (Brebner) Reber and Loni (Geiseking) Syltebo, along with Todd Reber, host a "Pass the Hat" and Casino Night fundraiser, inviting Kentwood high school friends.
Feb. 1, 2008: Wedding Vows renewed in Reno, Nevada
Feb. 9, 2008: Return from Reno to find my bedroom totally redecorated by the love and hard work of my friends, their family and the Catlin community.
March 3, 2008: My oncologist retires. I meet with Dr. Lycette. My CA125 is 93.
March 9, 2008: Southridge Skyhawks Varsity Girls Basketball team and my husband win their 4th State Championship IN A ROW!
March 10, 2008: CT scan results: spot on omentum has grown. Suspicious spots on spleen and increased fluid. Time to restart chemo.
March 17, 2008: Carbo minus the Taxol chemo resumes.
March 28, 2008: Hair begins to grow back
March 31, 2008: Normal Brain MRI
April 1, 2008: My daughter turned 9!
April 14, 2008: Carbo minus Taxol Chemo
April 2008: CA125 = 112
May 6, 2008: Carboplatten minus Taxol chemo
May 13, 2008: CA125 = 143 (normal is 30ish)
May 20, 2008: CT Scan results : Increase fluid. Spots on omentum stable. Bladder wall has improved. But CA125 increased, so Dr. Lycette wants to switch back to aggressive chemo geared toward Colon/GI cancers - Folfox/Avastin.
May 21, 2008: My son turned 13 and I have a teenager!
May 28, 2008: Round 1 (2nd cycle) of Folfox/Avastin Chemo
May 30, 2008: Featured on Write ARound Portland website and published in Anthology.
June 9, 2008: Round 2 of Folfox/Avastin Chemo
June 10, 2008: 2 Year Anniversary of Cancer
Two things that really inspire me:
Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Randy Pausch Graduation Speech
Thank you to everyone for their love and support in all various forms over the last 2 years. It seems like forever ago, but still it feels like just yesterday. I feel like I've been "stuck in moment" for the past 2 years. Unable to go back, or to move forward and on with my life. With cancer, time doesn't necessarily heal all wounds. Here's to many many more years.