Friday, January 9, 2009

CA125 and CT Scan Results are back...

from my doctor:

Hello Shauna. I am sorry for the delay in my reply.

There are some slight changes in the results but not dramatic changes.

The CA 125 is slightly higher at 81.

The CT scan shows a small increase in the amount of fluid in the abdomen. Nothing else is changed.

Given these changes, I think we should continue with the plan to restart the chemotherapy this month. We will of course talk in more detail at the upcoming appointment.

Normal CA125 is 35 or below. Mine has been rising steadily lately. And the fluid in the abdomen would explain my increasing waistline, which is pretty much non existent. On top of that, it feels so crowded in there. It's hard to eat or drink anything, as I feel so freaking full all of the time. And my lungs feel like there are sandbags laying on them when I'm laying down. Ugh. The cancer in my abdomen hasn't been the type to form tumors, but like a glaze over the walls. A "thickening" of the abdomen. BAH HUMBUG to you cancer! Leave me the !@%^&*<>? alone and give me a freaking break!!!! sigh...

My girls weekend to the coast with my friend Paris and her BFF Sam from college and my best buddy from Jr. & Sr. High, Loni, was cancelled due to the rain and flooding. I-5 and Hwy. 101 are closed. It was going to be my "Last Hurrah" before starting chemo again on Monday. My mom has been stuck up in Washington as well. Unable to get home. I hope I can still go on my planned trip to San Francisco with my college friends Jan. 23rd.

Big hugs going out to Paris and her family. It's never easy to lose a pet. They are family too. The Immel family will miss Ginger too.



Paris said...

I'm so sorry about all this... what a sucky week, eh? I sure wish I could find that magic wand. Coulda used it this week... first of all to wave away that stupid cancer. I cannot thank you for all of your support... your friendship means everything to me. Please know that I am here for anything and everything. Love you. p

JO said...

Your CA125 and fluid in the abdomen is just telling you that you need to have more chemo to fight that darn cancer and get things under control again. We all hate chemo but if it stops the cancer from growing, then we need to have it. You will get another chemo break. Hang in there. You have so many people that love and care about you. Sometimes it just seems like when it rains, it pours. I am so sorry that you didn't get your girl's weekend at the beach. Sure sounded like fun. But, maybe later........

Love you, JO

Loni said...

We'll reschedule, Shauna. Don't worry about that.

Go out this weekend and get some good laughs in. I'll be thinking of you.

Nightscrapper said...

Well phooey on that darn cancer! Just freakin' stinks. I agree with Paris, wish we had a magic wand. Keep good thoughts. Sorry you couldn't have your girls weekend, but now at least you'll have something to look forward to down the road.

To Paris...sorry about your Ginger.