Everything has been going really well here in my neck of the woods for the last few months. I was fortunate enough to be able to be surrounded by my family at Christmas, and then head off to California shortly after to see the sights and meet Adams extended family.
I've been attending the local college taking a PSW course to occupy my time and have been volunteering at the Hospital in Sarnia about 4 hours a week. In addition to that I managed to pick up a part time job at a local retail store, where I have been enjoying the company of some of the most amusing and hilarious staff members ever. They have been making the time pass much quicker and I know I will always have at least one really good laugh every shift.
I've make a few trip to London lately to visit my medical oncologist and radiation oncologist and they have been fairly successful, despite my complains of being unable to focus and some severe pain in my upper back.
Yesterday morning I made a trip into the ER, where luckily we were able to catch my GP to check me out. I've been dealing with some pretty severe headaches over the last 3 weeks and was kind of getting concerned as they weren't going away.
After checking me out, my GP sent me to Sarnia to have a CT scan done and then asked me to go back to his office after it was finished for the results.
"No problem" I think, a tiny bit upset because I knew that this would cause me to miss a shift at work.
After the CT, I returned to the Dr.s office in Petrolia.
Apparently, the news wasn't so good. They found several spots on the CT, and given my previous diagnoses, they concluded that my breast cancer had metastasized to my brain. I was able to get my paws on the report, and from what I was able to comprehend, the tumors are located in the cerebellum.
Clearly I should have taken the advice of my old pal Prof. Brudzynski and taken a few neuroscience credits in university. Hindsight is 20/20, eh?
For those of you with no knowledge of neuroscience (like me), I've posted the link to wikipedia :) enjoy.
For those of you who want the Coles notes version, this area is associated with motor control. It also has links to attention and language, and perhaps to emotional functions.
So... As of yesterday, I've been started on steroids to control the swelling in my brain. I will be speaking to my GP today regarding when I will be starting radiation therapy on my brain. I'm not even sure if they will be performing Whole brain radiation or radiosurgery or both.
I don't really know anything yet.
I promise to try to be better about updating you this time than I was last time.
Love you. xoxo