Treatment Day

9 Mar

Hi All,

Today was a treatment day – my Herceptin treatment. So tired now. But, glad it is over with. My parents will be coming over in a few hours (meanwhile, I am going straight to bed). My folks will spend the night so as to look after me tomorrow. I generally do not feel to well after the Herceptin treatment. I am hoping that tomorrow will not be too rough. But, we’ll see how it goes.

I have a lot of tests coming up prior to surgery (pre-op stuff and then other things – a biopsy, an ovarian ultrasound, bone scan, echocardiogram – it seems like everyday is booked with this kind of stuff). I spent yesterday scheduling it all, trying to make sure that I don’t schedule too much for one day, one week etc.

I am going to physical therapy as much as possible right now to make as much progress between now and surgery. I have what they call a “frozen shoulder” (right shoulder). Since my surgery this month will involve the left side, I need to get as much increased range of motion out of my right arm/shoulder so that I will have good mobility after surgery.

This surgery is supposed to be much easier physically than what I have already been through – I certainly hope so. Plus, the last surgery was on the heels of chemotherapy, so I was not at my best physically. I am much stronger now and so hopefully that will help me get through this next surgery and recovery smoothly.

Well, that’s all for now. I am beat. Going to bed and hoping for a good day tomorrow.

Love and peace,


4 Responses to “Treatment Day”

  1. Sandy March 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM #

    Love you and your “fierce” shirt!


  2. cancerfree2b March 10, 2010 at 8:02 PM #

    My “fierce” shirt used to be bright, hot pink, but, after a year, the pink is wearing out a bit. 🙂

    Thank you for giving up your day to drive me to and fro and sit through physical therapy and the herceptin treatment with me – I hope I wasn’t snoring loudly – don’t think I have every slept through an entire treatment before.

    Today went pretty well – I actually walked nearly a mile today and did the exercises I missed from yesterday’s physical therapy. So, that’s good.

    Thank you again for all of your help!

    Love you too,


  3. Sally March 11, 2010 at 7:05 AM #

    Dear Lisa,
    I just saw your treatment video and March 6 “One Year Ago” post. You are such an amazing, fierce, inspiring, loving person and great writer. I love your idea of being a cancer soldier. First by fighting for your life and later being a bridge for others.
    My love and prayers are with you.
    Aunt Sally

  4. cancerfree2b March 12, 2010 at 8:45 PM #

    Dear Aunt Sally,
    As always, thank you for your prayers and love. I love you so much! And, I do hope I can be a soldier for others. I think I am getting there 🙂
    Much love,
    P.S. last night a friend from a breast cancer support group called me after I sent her a text that I was having scans today and was worried about it. She spent 45 minutes on the phone with me last night. She was diagnosed 7 years ago, had a lumpectomy and radiation, but it came back and she is now a survivor again (this time chemo, bi-lateral mastectomy and radiation). She is done with reconstruction now and very happy and helping others now. Actually, she was already doing that before and was helping others (me) during her own treatment. Amazing. She is 47. I am so lucky to have met her.

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