Hello All! For many reasons, I am switching back to using my private blog site for sharing my life adventures. I promise, I will not ask for donations!!!
This week was an emotional roller-coaster. I’ll give a quick synopsis of the week and then move onto Radiation Markers.
My oncologist told me that there were, “No more tools in the toolbox,” to treat the melanoma. He referred me to City of Hope, which the insurance denied, which I appealed, which reversed the denial, which led to the City of Hope visit on Monday! Whew!
Monday- I went to the City of Hope. I was hopeful that I would find more options or resources available at City of Hope. The oncologist gave me news I did not want to hear. She told me there are no more treatment options or clinical trials available. I cried all the way home, but by the time I reached home, I was determined to find another path to healing or persuade my primary oncologist to continue the immunotherapy.
Tuesday- I sent an email to my primary oncologist with a request to re-start the immunotherapy. I also had an appointment with the radiation department to start the process for radiation to my shoulder. My right scapula has been invaded with metastatic melanoma. This has caused a lot of pain and limited range of motion. Hopefully, the radiation will relieve the pain and decrease the mass size.
Thursday- I had an appointment with my oncologist. When he walked into the office, he smiled and said he had re-reviewed my case and all my lab work. He then said we could resume the immunotherapy. Not only that, now we would be using both the Opdivo and Yervoy! Plus….I was able to start the treatment that day!
Friday- Radiation Markers! The Marker Process actually began on Tuesday, but Friday was the day to finish the job. A CT Scan, X-rays, and Sharpie Markers are the tools for Radiation Markers. Using the radiology images, the doctor and staff decide where to direct the radiation. I was then marked with Sharpie Markers, so when it is time for radiation, they know exactly where to aim! They also mark the sheet that I will be laying on for radiation and that will help them line up everything to me. It is a very interesting process.
While x-rays were being taken and I was being marked, a thought jumped out to me. I wondered if maybe the staff would come back and say there was no mass. Wouldn’t that be amazing and wonderful? That isn’t the case though. They continued creating the Radiation Markers.
I will continue to move forward through all this with everything I can do. I’m checking into CBD oils, essential oils, and healing through nutrition. I still believe in God and the power of prayer. I also believe that all the prayers, all the positive thoughts, and all the reaching out my family and friends have poured out on my behalf, has had an amazing impact on this journey. You have all helped me find my courage and strength to keep moving forward. Thank you!
With much love and gratitude, Cindy