Home Again

Reid greets family
Reid greets family

Reid in drag!
Reid in drag!
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog! Aah, it is so WONDERFUL to be home again! I am so incredibly fortunate to have such fabulous friends and family to shelter, support, comfort, and transport me, but it feeds my soul to be at home. I knew I was happy to be home yesterday, but this morning when I saw my cat and started crying, I realized the full extent of my relief. There’s no place like home, Aunty Em!

The week was a good one. I visited and had dinner with several beloved relatives, and my special envoy, Anita, was with me for every appointment except for 2 radiations, which were easy peasy. After being treated for chemo previously, I really didn’t know if I would need someone to accompany me to all appointments, but having Anita there has made my week at MD Anderson so much easier, even though she did beat me at a word game during chemo! It is emotional and physical support, at a time when I don’t always realize that I am stressed or tired.

Anyway, my really good news was that my MRI from a week ago looked great! There was no evidence of other cancer in the rest of my abdomen, which has been of great concern to me. The MRI defined the area to be irradiated more clearly, and Dr. Klopp was very pleased. It did appear that there was evidence of some more solidified tumor cells along the perimeter of the original cyst, but that was to be expected. She said that the treatment we were doing was PERFECT! The radiation and the chemo will do the job, without the placement of an additional radiation cap that we had discussed at one point. (I would not have been thrilled, but I will do what I need to do.)

I have felt a little queasy, particularly Thursday, and somewhat Friday, but that is to be expected from the chemo. I take medication as prescribed every 8 hours around the clock for the first 3 days. A lot of food does not sound appealing to me, so I am punting right now on my strict diet and eating whatever I feel like eating that’s palatable. Driving home was ok, but honestly, I am wondering how I will feel next Friday. One day at a time. I have already begun the day feeling better.

This weekend started out with a bang! My brother, Reid, came in from Vancouver, Washington to be with us for the weekend. My son, Nathaniel, graduates from University of Phoenix today in San Antonio, so my oldest son, Travis, and his wife came down from Dallas to attend, along with my daughter, Arielle, her husband Ryan, and son, Wyatt. Travis and Reid have similar weird humor, so we dressed Reid in one of my larger dresses (he is 6’3″) and gave him my former wig. Travis and wife, Dani Ray, had quite the surprise when they walked through the door. I needed a good laugh! Anyway, Becky, Nathaniel’s pregnant wife, and possibly my sister-in-law Sandy, will be there also, so I will be surrounded by lots of love and a happy occasion to celebrate.

So, one week down, 5 to go. Thanks to all of you who have supported me in this journey, one way or another. Enclosing ridiculous pictures of Miss Reid!