So my personal update for tonight is about my lymph node biopsy surgery that is planned for tomorrow. Basically what they will be doing is shooting a contrast into my tumor, and then watching it to see which lymph node(s) the contrast drains to. They will then cut out the nodes and test them to see if any cancer cells have made their way into the node system. This will give them a pretty good idea as to if the cancer has begun to travel. Also during this procedure, they are going to put a "port" under my skin that will make it easier for them to inject the chemo drugs into my system. Please cross your fingers for a clean report tomorrow, although even in that fortunate situation my future treatment schedule will not change. This is a full on surgery, so I will be off my feet for a few days, but unluckily for everyone my fingers will still work, so I fully intend on boring you all with updates.
In regards to my current mental state, at this point I am more anxious than I am afraid of what is to come. I am anxious to start chemo, because I have no idea how I am going to react to the drugs. I am really anxious to see how the MRI looks after the 2nd round of treatment. If you recall, this is when we will first get indication as to if the tumor is shrinking, and thus responding well to the
I will close this evening with a follow-up to an early post regarding the potential for me to lose my fertility due to my treatment. Well, I followed through this afternoon and made my first trip to the fertility clinic to ensure that the Oyler name will survive Max and I. I will spare you all the details, though I will say that they give out some pretty creative key chains when you leave. I will let your imaginations run wild in trying to figure out what they look like, but needless to say I am now taking orders from some coworkers in advance of my next appointment.
I promise the next post will be much more fun. The last time I was under anesthesia things got real weird, so hopefully I have some good stories after tomorrow's surgery.
Thank you all for the support!