Monday, November 25, 2013

No More Port in the Storm

The storm is over.  My oncologist okayed my request to have my port removed, so I had my port removed today!  That is a very good sign.  And I now have two of them.  Bracelets?  Earrings?--they're kinda heavy.  Pendants?  Christmas tree ornaments?  I'll have to make something creative out of them.  They kind of look like bugs to me--there's a tube (antennae?) at the top by two indentations where eyes could go and the big blue bump in the middle could be replaced by a gemstone, too.  I'll post pix once I get them converted into something wearable on the outside of my body!!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

My Last "SPA DAY", November 15, 2013!!!

This is the last time (I hope) that I'll post this image!  Thanks to all of you who have supported me throughout my lengthy cancer journey through surgery, chemo, radiation, the double mastectomy surgery, and more chemo.  It has been a long hard-fought battle since my first diagnosis in 2010 and my recurrence in 2012.  I couldn't have done this with as much grace and humor without all of you!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Follow-up?  I'll meet with my breast surgeon in December and then every six months for a clinical breast exam.  I'll meet with my oncologist every six months starting in April.  I'll get my port taken out soon--then I'll have two of them.  I guess if they match I might have to have earrings made from them!

I'm meeting with a counselor next week to set up a post-treatment plan which will include some physical therapy to heal the scar area, regular massage, and monthly acupuncture.  I'm hoping that periodic real spa days will replace the not-so-real-ones at the oncology center.

I'm also setting creative time aside--time to paint, collage, sew and quilt.  I have so many ideas buzzing around in my brain!  As the days get shorter and colder, I look forward to time in my workroom.