Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's UP!!

O.k. so my mom said I need to blog that she has people asking her how I am all the time. So I thought I would do a little updating. Probably no one is readying anymore but just in case their are a few of you out there I will update you.

I am putting on a 3rd annual Rochelle Schultz Bassett Fun Run to raise money for the Cancer Center's Fund for Thermal Imaging(instead of a mammogram). We are doing it on November 7th. We decided to go back to the originally month of November. Anyway if you look two post down it will give all the information. That is the one they did in April so the date is different but all the other info is the same.

If you don't want to read all the details about what has been going on the last few months I will give a quick update and for those that want to know I little more I will then go into more detail. The quick version. My counts as of Tuesday are 300 normal is 0 -40. I have had lots of scans and testing done they still can't find where it is at but there is cancer somewhere they say.

Now for the more detailed version. My CA2729 counts have been on the raise since November of last year. They were still in the normal range until I think it was March they went a little above. No one was to alarmed because they were low enough I guess. The numbers kept going up about 6 to 8 points every two weeks. Then in Aug they jump 30 points then in Sept they jumped up to 179 and then this last week it is 300.

Along with the numbers I have been sent to do lots of testing through out the summer and even more the last month. I have had 2 MRI's brain, 2 MRI's Spine, MRI Breasts, CAT pelvic and Spine I think that was what the CAT was for, Pap, colonoscopy, endoscopy, breast ultra sound, special blood test, thermal imaging, mammogram (yes that was my fist one).

Then another mammogram for a needle biopsy meaning I sat in the mamo machine well they found the right spot to put a needle in then they took me in to do the biopsy guided by the needle. They ended up cutting me open for the biopsy(I was very shocked when I took the badge off), The dr. that did the biopsy said she that there was cancer in the breast because what she took out was grity and lots of blood. Cancer needs blood. The results on the biopsy were negative no cancer. That was last week.

Went back to Dr.Rado's office last week. They wanted to do more testing because we still can't find the cancer. MRI of the spine and brain. I wont hear back on that until my Doctors appointment on Monday.

The special blood test I took was to see if I was producing cancer fighting antibodies. I got the results back on that this week. My numbers were normal but with further looking into that. They lab in Boston says that is not so good. It means my body isn't fight off the cancer. That is why I don't have an increased cancer antibodies count.

Just to let you know I am feeling great if my body would just follow suit that would be great. I am not sick until someone can tell me I am sick.

I think that is all. I will try to update again on Monday. I wish I was updating that I am still cancer free a little more than a year after my brain tumor.

P.S. Thanks so much for the help with babysitting and the fun run.


lindsay>boo said...

Thanks for the update! Since we don't see each other as often, I really look forward to these and hearing what you've been up to.

I hope they will be able to find the cancer quickly and that you'll be able to say that you are cancer-free very soon!

Em and Ms said...

Rochelle--I'm so glad you updated and that I have your blog in my google reader so I saw it. I've wondered from time to time how you're doing. That is so discouraging that they can't find where the cancer is, and that it's back. However, I love your attitude of "I am not sick until someone can tell me that I am sick." I have a feeling that somebody is you. Wish I could help with the fun run, but I'm sure it will be great!

Cathy said...

Hey Rochelle,
I've been reading your blog from the beginning, but don't comment. It was amazing that you posted today, because David and I saw a woman in the park today that we could not decide if it was you or not! I'm sorry things are so frustrating right now. You have overcome so much, and I know they will figure this out. I love what you wrote not being sick until they can really say it!
Cathy Pattee

Candie said...

So glad to finally hear from you, however wish it was better news. Like your motto! Keeping fighting girl, your amazing! :-)

Heather said...

Thanks for the update. Like others I wish it was better news, but your amazing attitude is inspiring.

Darin & Amber Bassett said...

I was just thinking about you today and wondering if you had gotten any answers yet. Sorry it is just the same frustrating thing. We pray for you daily that you will be cancer free soon. I am so glad you posted. I wish we could be there for the fun run. Tell Ryan and the kids hi from us.

KariAnne and Benny said...

Rochelle, its great to hear an update from you. I think about you often and always hoping no news is good news and that you are out spending time with your family and just enjoying a healthy life.

I am so saddened by your news. However, like you said how you feel is the most important. Keeping positive, happy and active could be all the medicene you need!!

You are in my prayers you amaze me with your strength.

Luvs, Kari :)

Garry Family said...

I am so glad you updated and are feeling well. I hope they are able to find the cancer soon! Love you Rochelle!

Kate said...

I have been wondering how you were doing!
I never see you at church and if I do, I don't want to interrupt :) did I spell that right?
I hope you keep feeling better and they can figure out where the cancer is soon!
You are still in my prayers!

The Lassen Family said...

Yep, I am still watching your blog :) I am sorry you are still searching for the BEAST, but maybe this means it will get lost on it's own, right? I will be thinking about you. Nicole freaked me out with the whole being related to the Tame's thing. Did she explain that that means that we are kinda related then as well? (through Bob Leishman) Small world! Praying for you and your family.

Amy said...

I am still reading. Praying that all goes well. ♥

Anonymous said...

I check in regularly to see how you are doing - sorry that your counts are up - I hate the whole CA27-29 thing too (mine are creeping up...had another trip to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance last week but they just say that it isn't a reliable test - so why do they do it?????) Anyway glad that you are feeling great 'cos that is what is most important.
Take Care
Alison Webster

Jodi said...

You are truly amazing Rochelle. I love your attitude and pray that you'll get answers soon. We're always thinking of you (I'm probably one of those that keeps bugging your Mom - or bugging your Mom through my Mom). ;)

Mandy Rasmussen said...

Always thinking of you! So happy you are enjoying time with your family and feeling great! That's the most important thing! Miss ya!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you updated. I imagine you can see from the comments many still check on you. I was with Michelle McKinnon Dolven about a week ago and asked her if she had heard anything about you we both agreed we needed an update. Thank you and your always in my prayers.
Kathie in Walla Walla