Thursday, April 2, 2009

1st Follow-Up UPDATED

It is 4 hours until my first follow-up appointment with the Oncologist since chemo finished in December.
And I have butterflies.

8 p.m.

The appointment was no big deal. It was nice to meet this new Oncologist and I will stay with her. No need to look for another one. She said all the things I needed her to say to show me she was the right one.

I'll have a mammogram in June and will see the Onc then. In December, I will have a MRI. I scheduled to have the port out on June 26th, but forgot that is Vic's half birthday celebration (Vic's birthday is Dec 26th and we seldom get to celebrate it the way he wants . . . so he finally agreed to celebrate half years). I will look to see if I can find a Friday in May that isn't already booked with work crapola.

I scheduled this appointment yesterday. Sure enough, I had a surgery anxiety dream last night. Dr. Oz was in it. :-)

I will add more tomorrow or this weekend -- just too tired right now. Vic took me out for dinner and it was nice to celebrate another milestone in this journey.




  1. Thinking about you and praying for you, Renee!!! What do they do at this appt.? Do they do some kind of testing, or just ask how you're feeling, etc.? Let us know how it all goes.

    On my mind and in my heart!

    Love you much!!

  2. I hope all goes well and you don't have to see him/her for another 12 weeks...I always feel better after the appointment...

    hugs from Holly

  3. Praising your latest milestone. My prayers stay with you, Renee. Thank you for being such a huge supporter in my corner!


  4. I am very glad that all went well. Do they do scans and blood tests or do they just check your breasts to make sure there are no growths?

    My onc doesn't believe in doing scans unless there are symptoms. Just wondering how other oncs handle this.

  5. Thank you ladies!

    Sue - both Oncologists (the one who left and this new one) do not do PET/CT scans unless something is aching. Both said that PET/CT scans show false-positives and other things that don't need fixing. :-)

    First Onc said if a pain didn't go away for 2 weeks to call her. This new Onc said if pain doesn't go away after a few days, to call - let her triage the situation.


  6. I remember when we started on this road, October 1. The progress you've made (and me too) is astounding. I'm so very glad you felt reassured at your Doc visit. That's such an important part of this that gets overlooked far too often.

    I want an eyelash update sometime soon :)


  7. Sharon - the bottom eyelashes are growing in pretty good. No super long, but enough to put mascara on. No more using eyeliner to fake out that I was missing lashes.

    The upper lashes are coming in - but definitely not the length they were before chemo. Since they don't show that much, I seldom use mascara.