Spaghetti On Hold

Posted: May 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cancer girl, Fleur, gamma rays, hysterectomy, Ist People, mastectomy, radiation | Comments Off

:::Cancer Girl carries a huge platter of steaming hot spaghetti from the galley.
Makes it up to the deck, turns towards her village to announce dinner is ready:::
!!! SPLAT !!!
   Have you ever tried to pick up a platter’s worth of spilled steaming hot spaghetti ‘n sauce with your bare hands? That’s what my current chunk of reality feels like right now — a platter’s worth of it spilled all over the floor. Plus, I’m unable to be my usual resourceful self and improvise a means to pick it all up by myself. I have to wait for a slew of specialists and doctors to be seen; confer with; run tests; a non-breast surgery to take place; and THEN we can get on with a breast health treatment plan.
Spaghetti on hold.

Between my auto-immune disease(s) (Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue), and something that only a scientist might detect in my mitochondrial DNA, my maternal genetic history, everything has changed.
First and foremost, Dr. W. says I have to have a  hysterectomy. My mother’s side of the family is riddled with numerous early hysterectomies, breast cancer fatalities and one ovarian cancer fatality.
I am one of the few women on that side of the family who nearly made it to “men-on-pause” without and/or hasn’t had a hysterectomy. I have had quite a few female complications along the way though. So … if I want to raise my survival rate by 50%, I have to have a “going out of business” sale on the female organs. Dr. W. says that the hysterectomy has to take place before ANY breast cancer health treatments takes place. This issue is apparently an even bigger complication than my fibro is.
The fibro will more than likely not make me a good candidate for getting blasted with “Gamma Rays” — radiation therapy. Radiation therapy blasts the intended cancer cells with radiation, with the intent of killing them off. In the interim it also kills off healthy cells. When you have a compromised immune system there’s less of a likely hood that the healthy cells will be able to bounce back and heal. Plus, extreme fatigue is one of the major side effects of radiation therapy. Because of the fibro and chronic fatigue, I already deal with serious fatigue issues on a daily basis. “Gamma Rays” would more than likely make extra fatigue totally unbearable.
If indeed the I’m too high risk for the “Gamma Rays” — and, especially if the DNA test shows positive for the breast cancer gene — I may well be facing bilateral mastectomies and breast reconstruction. (I’ll write about that possible news later. I’m fairly okay with it, honest.)

 :::Unable to restrain herself, Cancer Girl pokes a finger into the closest mound of spaghetti.
Fleur emerges from the “Cave of Sages” with a list in hand:::
   Later this afternoon Fleur will give me a list of various specialist that I will have to start to play phone tag with. I’m calling them the “Ists People,” from the “Cave of Sages.” The Oncologist, Radiologist, Geneticist, Gynecologist, Breast Reconstructionist (okay, so I made that one up, Plastic Surgeon).
   Over the years my GYN, Dr. H., is a doctor that I have come to implicitly trust with my female health. She’s up-to-date, very thorough and has a wonderful sense of humor. I can’t say enough good things about her. So, after the fax machine chirps away and relays my biopsy report and family history to her, I’ll know more of what she thinks and suggests I do what/when — sometime later this week.
:::”Oh well, might as well sit a spell.:::
!!! SQUISH !!!
:::Yells out, “Hey, anybody got a fork? A magazine?
A book? Some Parmesan cheese?”:::

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