You know how you’ve heard of cancer taking over a persons life for a year…Well, they mean it. I didn’t think it was that crazy busy at the time because I was just doing what I needed to do but looking back over the last eight months, it really was busy. Not only because of all the cancer appointments, but in between that I still had a life to live and two kids to raise. Thankfully between my mom, Jons mom and Jon, I didn’t have to go to or do everything that would normally be required of a wife/mom/friend etc.
Here’s an overview. I’ll write how I was feeling through it all in the next post.
November 7: Dr.appnt for the lump. Sent for an ultrasound and then a mammogram.
November 14: biopsy
November 21: diagnosis-cancer. started on antibiotics for 2 separate unrelated infections which made me very sick.
November 27: pelvic ultrasound to see if cancer had spread. It hadn’t.
November 23: surgery consultation diagnosis: in-operable tumour due to size
November 28: bone scan. clear.
November 29: CT scan. diagnosis- stage 3. cancer had spread to lymph nodes.
November 30: another biopsy
December 5: 1st appointment with the oncologist
December 8: 1st chemo treatment
December 12: wig shopping. Feeling sick.
December 19: lab work
December 20: oncologist appointment
December 21: clip placement for surgery
December 22: 2nd chemo
December 25: Christmas at home. sick.
January 2: lab work
January 3: oncologist appointment
January 5: 3rd chemo
Faith and Remington start skating lessons
January 15: cardio appointment
January 16: lab work
January 17: oncologist appointment
January 19: 4th chemo. last one of that drug
January 30: lab work
January 31: oncologist appointment
February 2: 1st of the next chemo drug. unable to go to Mexico for a Berstad family holiday as planned:(
February 13: lab work
February 14: oncologist appointment
February 15: 2nd surgeon appointment
February 16: 2nd round of new chemo
Ski lessons for kids
February 27: lab work
February 28: oncologist appointment
March 2: 3rd round of chemo
March 7: 1st appointment with plastic surgeon
March 13: 1st appointment with radiation oncologist. lab work.
March 14: oncologist appointment. Another ultrasound
March 16: last round of chemo
Remington‘s 4th birthday
March 26: CT scan
March 27: lab work
March 28: oncologist appointment
April 5: 3rd appointment with surgeon. Faith starts dance lessons.
April 17: 2nd appointment with the plastic surgeon
April 19: anesthesiologist appointment
April 20: mastectomy surgery
April 26: drains taken out
May 3: appointment with surgeon
May 7: physio
May 16: oncologist appointment. soccer starts for Remington.
May 18: 1st day of oral chemo meds which will end in November
May 24: physio
June 5: lab work
June 6: faiths birthday. organized a full day of events.
June 12: radiation begins
June 13-15: radiation
June 18-22: Radiation
June 25-29: Radiation. Lab work. Oncologist appointment. Postponed chemo meds for a week due to burns starting.
July 1-4 Radiation
July 8: off to Saskatchewan to heal from Burns and continue with help. dressing changes twice a day which I’m still doing.
After this I will just be on chemo pills until November and then regular check ups and CT scans to monitor me. And hopefully no cancer returns… so that will be THE END!!