After some Rescue Remedy my day got much better. As suspected my doctors appointment today began with a visit with my oncologist Dr. Shao. The mammogram was normal, the colonoscopy and endoscopy were normal and we got the DNA test back. It was 96% positive that the cancer is originating in my bile duct.
Even though this is some pretty shitty cancer to have and it is pretty rare, this is actually great news. It is nowhere else in my body just yet, thankfully.....this makes me a candidate for a liver transplant. I am young, active, healthy, cancer free everywhere else, perfect candidate for a transplant, right? No worries about the bile duct because it is encompassed in the liver so it is a one shot deal, two for one kinda thing. I could have began chemotherapy today but I after Jeff and I had a heart to heart with Dr. Shao, picked his brain thoroughly, and asked almost any and every question we could think of we decided that I would forego chemo treatment until I return from Hawaii, giving us time to think and talk more about it on the beach :)
, now I have an appointment with OHSU the day after I arrive home with a liver specialist/oncologist there. I will be speaking with them about getting placed on the transplant list for a liver. Makes me understand why it is so important to become an organ donor. I wonder if I will get bad karma for not being a donor all these years....
The wonderful nurse assistant for Dr. Shao is also in the process of scheduling me with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle for another appointment and another opinion. In addition Jeff and I are considering traveling to Boston to visit the Mayo Clinic if need be. Jeff confided in me today that he has a good feeling about OHSU, and I have to say that I agree with him.
That is an important part of my life. I hate it when things are lying around all willy nilly and in piles that are not neatly stacked or contained. I spent some crazy cleaning jazzed up wheatgrass shot time with my new Dyson D-28 $550 vacuum cleaning the floors, corners, furniture, stairwells, attic, and dustbunny caves all over the house this afternoon. Then I proceeded to dust long forgotten shelves and organize books on the shelves, clean the bathroom, do 2 loads of laundry, change the sheets on the guest bed for our house/pet sitter, cook dinner, clean the dishes,
TOOK A LONG HOT EPSOM SALT AND LAVENDER BATH......ahhhhhhhh...............
This is what wheatgrass shots will do for you. Want energy, go get yourself some wheatgrass juice. No kidding.
Tomorrow is devoted to yoga and some mellow sorting of shorts, tanks, hats, skirts, flip-flops, dresses, camera, cribbage board, cards, snacks, toiletries, and sunscreen for the much anticipated trip to Oahu. Sounds good to me.
I am also in the process of gathering up all of my medical records from all of the stuff I have been having done so I got stuff to show all these new docs.
That's the update tonight. My crappy day turned out to be pretty darn good after all. I mean the Mariners even won the game tonight and everything. Not bad at all.
Cancer can suck it! Yeah, that's right.
Blessings and a good evening to all.