A typical work day with my friend Betty

Preparing to leave the house with my friend Betty.

Preparing to leave the house one morning with my friend Betty.

Greetings from the midpoint in my treatment cycle for the Adriamycin and Cytoxen cocktail chemotherapy. That means two down, two to go.

The treatment occurs on Wednesday afternoons, you might recall. By last night I did not feel well so I went to bed early and with the assistance of a sleeping aid, I had a good night. I finally got out of bed at 8:45 this morning, which set a new record for me. I haven’t slept that late since I was a kid.

This morning was spent on the couch, answering emails and taking it easy. My biggest complaint is indigestion and Nexium is helping, along with my friend Zofran, which beats down the nausea. Knock on wood, I haven’t really suffered from nausea.

Mostly I just feel weak.

Following my last treatment, I felt like a new person by Friday. So I am hoping for the same outcome this time.

My train of thought is somewhat hampered today, so I will keep this short but it does appear I will have some sort of surgery (either lumpectomy or mastectomy) at around the end of year or early January. My physicians say I also may need some radiation because my tumor was so close to chest wall.

The good news of course is that I can use the past tense in reference to my tumor. As I mentioned in an earlier post here, my physicians say the chemo has resulted in 100 percent resolution of my mass; meaning the last MRI did not pick up anything! I further understand that at time of surgery if this is still the case, then I would have a 98 percent
likelihood that I should not expect a recurrence, and I would be “cured!” It is amazing how far treatment has come.

Enjoying breakfast out on Veterans Day.

Enjoying breakfast out on Veterans Day.

And while I might be a bit hampered today, know that not all days are like this.  Much of the last week I felt just fine. For example, Saturday morning I jogged for 2.5 miles and felt great. Veterans Day was a long and busy Monday for me. On Tuesday, I worked from 7:30 to 6 and briefly stopped by a jewelry party afterward.

Most days, I think I’ve also been able to hold onto my sense of humor. In that vein, I’ll share with you that I’ve nicknamed my wig “Betty.” Some days she joins me, some days she stays home.

As always,  thank you – each and every one – for your concern, support and prayers.

7 thoughts on “A typical work day with my friend Betty

  1. Glad to hear your week has been better. Keep marching on Lady!!! Oh, I think you look beautiful in short hair :)

  2. “Betty” is a truly lucky adornment to have the honor to top off this amazing woman. Laura , you are a gift to my life as I watch you walk your path to the very end. I remember the day when we learned of the treatment course that you were yet to embark on. You often hear of light at the end of the tunnel but I so remember that day. A tunnel would have seemed like a blessing as I felt our current situation was more comparable to a dark and deep dungeon. Do you see that bright light Laura as we draw close to the exit? You are so close that it is almost blinding. That light beam is God . Congratulations Laura, your courage and grace have directed us and God has lead us to to the exit sign.

  3. You and Betty are looking GOOD!! I am so glad to read positive news Laura. Your positive spirit will keep you strong! Love and Light, Beth

  4. I hope today (Friday) is a repeat of last week, only better!!! Enjoy your weekend.

    More prayers are on the way.

  5. Hey lolly.

    Keep kicking this CA ass!! It won’t know what hit it!!! Keep fighting! Your in our prayers. Can’t wait for u to meet holly, she is the love my life and a pain too. But we can say the same about deb. Hahaha.


    Bill/. Holly.

  6. I am so happy that you are on the final stretch with Adria. I am praying that you continue to keep your positive outlook and that you allow yourself to rest when you feel the need. I am so proud of you and am so happy for all of your progress too. You and Betty look cute ;) Love you!

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