March 17th 2008 06:07 pm

Today’s Doctor’s Appointment

Well, today was the appointment with the oncologist. He didn’t really tell us anything that we hadn’t read on the internet. The cancer I have is really rare and any treatment decisions are going to be based on so few cases, that it’s hard to tell if it will be effective in my case.

The Basic Info:

1) Two of the three chemo drugs that I had been given already are known to be active in fighting angiosarcomas as well. So that couldn’t have been bad.

2) Because the clear margin near the chest wall was too small, 0.4 cm, radiation will most likely be in my future.

3) Chemo is on the table again as a possibility…Yuck!

4) I’ll be going to a specialist soon (waiting on authorization) – to a doctor specializing in sarcomas at Cedars Sinai.

5) I’ll be having a blood test and CT scan hopefully both this week.

6) I will be having CT scans every three months, for at least the next two years, to try to detect any recurrences.

So those are the “highlights” of our appointment today. While I wait for things to get going, I am going to try not to think about it much, but that will be hard. I have to make a decision, as do you all every day, to have a positive attitude. There are things in life we can change and then there are things we can’t. This is out of my control and in God’s capable hands. So I will do what I can and pray! Thanks for all of the phone calls, emails, and encouragement posts! I am feeling very loved and cared for. Thanks!


P.S. Kai is in Paradise right now with my parents until the 29th of March. We miss him, but it has given us time to take care of this new twist on our lives, and we’ve been able to sleep in for the first time in about 21 months! We were in bed until about 10:00 am on Saturday…thanks Mom and Dad!


5 Responses to “Today’s Doctor’s Appointment”

  1. craigshoemaker on 17 Mar 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    Sleep is a good, good thing 🙂

    We love you guys.


  2. Melissa McNeale on 17 Mar 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi Monica,
    I’m a friend of Debbie Polks and I’ve been praying for you thru this whole ordeal. In reading your last post I was reminded of the song by Casting Crowns “Praise You In This Storm”. What an awesome message that has. I am so sorry all of this is happening to you but I praise God that I at least get to know a little bit about you and your family by reading your blogs. I will keep you in my prayers. Enjoy the rest you will be able to get the next couple of weeks.

  3. prayer_warrior_idaho on 18 Mar 2008 at 5:25 am #

    I so admire you both!! I know that everday isnt perfect Monica and I know you cry and feel you want to give up im sure…But to even be able to write in a possitive way and to strive to leave this horrible situationin God’s hands is awe inspirering! Thank you for being such an amazing example of what we as christians are called to do! I am so proud to call youmy cousin! Ilove you Dearly and am praying and am having all the prayer warriors i know praying for you as well!! I just wanted you to know that i admirer your strength…even when you feel like you have none! Thank you for being an amazing role model! I love you!! And you are again being liften up in prayers!!!

  4. MaryAnn on 18 Mar 2008 at 7:42 am #

    We are praying for you and we LOVE you!

    Praise God for parents, family and friends. Rest, rest and rest some more.

    MaryAnn & Kelly

  5. Jenn on 19 Mar 2008 at 7:42 am #

    I know you don’t know me, but I just wanted you to know that even “strangers” are praying for you and your family. For courage, strength and rest.

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