Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Doctor's Visit

For all of you eagerly waiting to hear...the radiation did what it was supposed to do (besides give me "the exhaustion!)...the brain tumors shrunk in size. They did discover a very minute spot in the area of the tumor they removed in March, but are not going to worry about that at this time. I'm not exactly a candidate for the gamma knife treatment, although it might be an option.

I also have that lesion on my lung that has grown a bit. The hoarseness I've been experiencing is the lymph node swelling around that area and some nerve that lives there (the vocal cords, not the lung).

My choices are to carry on, or receive chemo-therapy aimed at getting the lung lesion...but, because the chemo leaves me drained of any energy I might have, it diminishes the quality of life.

I need to think hard and talk things over with my hubby and kids.

So...the doctor's visit went well in my opinion. Evidently, my oncologist said I've gone further than he would have and did imagine. Tomorrow will be six months since the tumor was removed. Hooray for me!

Maybe I will get more of these boxes unloaded and sorted after all!

8 comments:

Dawn said...

I'm glad the visit went well and the radiation did what it was supposed to do. Praying for you and the choices you need to make. (((((hugs)))))

Wendy said...

Six months already! Good thing the radiation worked so well. Now to get your lung cleared up!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Whatever decision you make - it will be the right one.
Hugs!

Michelle said...

I'm glad the radiation worked well. I totally understand your concerns with the chemo. I saw with my mom how it diminished her quality of life. If I were given the choice to receive it or not, I'd really have to think about it.

Praying for you,
Michelle

Kally said...

Hi Kendra, this is Kally (maiden name Gaskell) my old "pa" ricky gaskell sent me your link to your blog. I have chills down my spine, I had NO idea you were going through all of this. I am so happy to hear the radiation worked & I only hope & pray that life is great for you. You were and are such an amazing woman & I have the fondest memories of you. Anyhow, not sure you will even remember me, but I had to say hi & that you are in my thoughts & prayers. Love, Kally

Grandmother Goddess of the Garden said...

Of course I remember you Kally! All those sleep overs with Di, you two running through the fields braids flying behind you! Thanks for saying hi, your thoughts and your prayers are greatly appreciated!

Kendra

Andrew said...

KENDRA!!! I'm so happy things are going well. I've been out of the loop and busy with things. My mom and I talk about you often. I am at the vegas airport heading back to Virginia. I wasn't here on my own whim though, so I wasn't able to do any visiting... I'll tell you all about it next time I see you on AIM. Know my thoughts are always with you and everyone else. I need to make it home soon. Loves!

Gertie

Michelle said...

I'm just checking in to see how you are doing.

Grandmother Goddess of the Garden said...

Thanks Michelle! Once I warm up here and eat I'll get to posting an update!

Kendra

I was unable to send you an email and not sure my comment went through.

Kendra