Sorry it took so long for me to update. I am not feeling well. I'll start from the beginning. On Monday, I went to my OB as I had been experiencing abdominal bloating and pain. We thought it was my IUD. IUD was just placed as it was needed for me to qualify for clinical trial. OB couldn't locate IUD so she did an ultrasound (thank goodness it was Monday as their tech is there on Mondays). She found IUD, which was out of place, and she also found liquid and a mass. I then went to see Mr. Wonderful (Gordon) and he ordered an MRI of abdomen. His nurses are superwomen as they were able to get me in that day. The MRI showed a 14 cen tumor along with other nodules. I asked for a biopsy and with the magic of the supernurses, we did on Wednesday. My stomach was so bloated that I looked like I was about 8 months pregnant and I was in a lot of discomfort. On Thursday I was able to have the fluid drained and we drained 7lbs of fluid! Results from biopsy came back on Thursday and it's melanoma. I began chemo on Friday. The treatment is once every 3 weeks and I'm on it for as long as it is working. Best info I could find online:
Side effects of the chemo are pretty manageable and I haven't experienced them that I know of. I say that as for the past week I have been experiencing pain/discomfort in my abdomen due to the tumor and liquid, "heart burn" which is causing vomitting, slight nausea, no appetite and trouble sleeping. I have been a pretty sick lady.
During this time Todd was out of town for a work conference in Orlando. Thank God for Cathy, Claudia and Annette. Cathy stayed with me all week with the exception of one, which Claudia came over and then took me to my biopsy appointment. I could not have made it through the week without them. I was in so much pain and discomfort, I could barely walk and could not care for myself. These ladies were the best care takers I could have had and words are good enough, but thanks ladies! Annette picked up Teya everyday from school and kept her for a few hours. This gave Teya much needed time away from sick momma. Again, words are not enough to express how much this helped, but Thanks Annette. Todd got back Thursday night and my mom flew in Friay morning. My dad comes out Tuesday afternoon.