Monday, November 2, 2009

It's Me with an update!

Hello again it's me. Lots of updating this week. It's long again if you don't want to hear all the details. I will give you the short of it. I have cancer 5-6cm by 5-6cm on each of my overis. I also have cancer in the lymphnods in my stomach. Which I will tell you now. Yes it looks like I am pregnant just barely but yes it does look like it. Please don't ask me or anyone else if I am pregnant. I am not!!!! I am sure the doctor said it is just the trumors and I am retaining fluids. I will do 6 rounds of chemo one every third week. O.k. only read on for the long version.

We had a nice break of testing and seeing doctors. Thursday was the biopsy and that was it for Thursday. Friday we checked out all the places Ryan use to leave and where his friends use to leave. He lived there for about a year and half sometime after his mission. We also tried to visit a place our friends told us about but there isn't anything there anymore. My mom's brother and his family live down here and we got to have dinner there on Friday night. My uncle, grandpa and Ryan were able to give me a blessing. That was very special.

Saturday we spent the day with Ryan's friend Rusten Treseder. We watched his sons play flag football. They don't do a lot of the full pads down here because of the heat and wearing the gear doesn't work very while. Then we hang out and watched his kids trick or treat. It helped us not miss the kids so much. O.k. who am I kidding we still missed them and probable more, because we couldn't see them and help them get ready. They did have a great time trick or treating who doesn't. Cole was a vampire, Kamden was a kitty and Carter was power rangers. Just a side note Carter has never seen the show power rangers. Last November when we went to Disney World he meet some of them and his cousin loves them so now he loves power rangers. It's funny how kids pick up things from there family and friends.

Sunday we drove to Sedona. Wow that place is beautiful. I know H.F. loves us so much to give us such a beautiful place. It looks like the pictures but it is 100 times better in person. Just my oppion. Then we helped my Aunt with having family dinners on Sundays. It might not last they are probably moving soon. So we stayed busy to help us not be so homesick for our kids.

Today we have kept busy we started at 8 this morning and finished tonight at 6:30. We got the great news we could come home tomorrow. I saw some docs, did blood work, had an echo done and started my first round of chemo.

I will do 6 rounds of chemo and then they will do another PET to make sure I don't need more chemo. He opted not to do surgery because of the meds I am on for the blood clots and for the same reason they didn't take off my boobs. It can come back anywhere. And it did. Oh, I have had a few people ask so here it is. I can't do treatment in town and it really is less convenint in Seattle for me. I fly out of Pasco into pheonix. The have a service that picks you up and take you back to the facility or wherever you would like to go. And I stay the night right in the facility. Which is great I will probably be tired and of course I can't drive after chemo.

The chemo I am on is Carboplatin, Taxotere(simiarly to one I was on Abraxane) and Herceptin still. So it takes about 4 1/2 hours if they are good about changeing everything over quick. So I will come every three weeks and take these IV meds see my docs(all 5 of them and a few more nurses)I will then get treatment(chemo) stay the night and come home after I receive a shot the following day. I should be done with treatment in the middle of Feb if everything goes well. That works so perfect because baseball sign-ups are in Feb and baseball starts in March. I couldn't have timed it better.

I know to long.


Anonymous said...

I know some kids that are very excited to see their parents! I LOVE Sedona. I spent many p-days hiking there when I served in Camp Verde. It is SOOOOOO beautiful! See you tomorrow!


Pam Anderson said...

I can pick up and take you to the airport each time. I can watch kids while you are gone and I can bring in meals the day you come back so you can rest up. And whatever else you need. Everyone else has gotten to help you this time around while you were gone and I didn't get to, so please let me this time.

Anonymous said...

Ok.....tell your husband that I am an expert at giving shots....Just ask Heidi. I had to give her shots for her blood clot when she had hers behind her port. So if he isnt able I could always help out.

Sure glad you went to Arizona, sounds like they know what they are doing. Just wonder why nobody up here could find anything. You're a strong, strong person. Keep your spirits high and keep fighting. You can overcome and conquer anything. I've seen you do this a time or two already.

Ryan......hang in there, let me know if you need anything or if you both need help transporting a great taxi driver. Always on the go, but i like it and wouldnt change a thing.

Glad you got to see some of the beautiful parts of Arizona, sometime when you are there go check out Jerome. Its a cute little town with some shopping and eating places. Heck up in that area you might even run into Dan Quayle....think he still has family in those parts of the country. I lived in Phoenix for several years while i was stationed at Luke Air Force Base. So i know a little bit of the area.

We will have to catch up on things when you are back and things are in order.......( I know that can be some time...hard to keep order with kids).

Take care of yourself and dont hesitate to call and keep in touch or just to talk.

Dale Wilson

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear they have found what is wrong so they can now get it taken care of. If you have to go out of town what a great place to fly to during the winter many would love to have to visit sunny Arizona in the winter (I am sure for better reasons).
I ask the same question as Dale why were they not able to find this in Tri Cities. I ask this after having a sister in law treated there and also a friend being treated there now. It makes you wonder.
God Bless you and wish you the best.
Kathie in WW

Angela said...

Sounds like you have good medical support and are doing what is best for you. We'll be praying.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Arizona will be a real blessing for you at this time. Love you, Rochelle. You are always in my thoughts.
Teacher Kathy

Megan said...

thinking of you.

i love sedona as well.

Anonymous said...

Good seeing you at dance tonight. I am glad that you have found the answers you were looking for in Arizona. I have no doubt you will conquer this again-you are one tough lady!! You are in my thoughts...
Casey Swinburnson

Sandra said...

Rochelle, We loved having Carter stay wih us and it was so fun to all dress up and take the kids trunk or treating. I love you and know you can get through this with Heavenly Fathers love and support, as well as your family and friends. I am so glad you have friends who love and care about you. What a blessing this life is!

tharker said...

Do you know what I love? I love that even after all of this, you ended this post looking FORWARD. Baseball for your children.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of not dwelling on the difficult things, but enjoying, truly enjoying every moment of your life, and treasuring your sweet family. You are amazing, Rochelle!