The dr would not even hear of me going back to work after one week, and was hesitant to let me go back after two weeks. She said to play it by ear and I would know if I was ready. I still sleep anywhere between 2-4 hours a day and am still tired. Time.........it just takes time.
So, when I go back in five more weeks to Houston, they will run a PET scan and I will get the results the next day. The IMRT Radiation can do lots of things...or nothing at all. It could shrink it, stop it from growing anymore and give me a break from all treatments until it acts up again, since we are just treating the liver area, it can metastasize to somewhere else in my body. WOW....I pray for stability or shrinkage.
Without my family coming down to stay from my mom, sister Sarah, husband, Samantha, Jennifer and my step-daughter Kate who all helped clean, cook, raise my spirits, and be very quiet when I was resting!! I received 116 cards in 6 weeks, Thanks to all of you who raised my spirits with your cards or included a verse for me to look up in my Bible. I was humbled by everyones generosity!
I will close with a picture I want to "paint inside your head" of my bell ringing day. After getting zapped for the 28th time in 6 weeks, The radiation team below walked out with me and the waiting room was pretty full (probably 8-9 strangers) and they all stood up and I rang the bell, they all clapped along with the radiation team. It brought tears to my eyes. The Md Anderson Radiation team was part of what gave me strength to go back everyday. Having your insides cooked is NOT fun. BUT....I did it.... I really am lucky to not have had worse side effects. God was there....he gave me the team I had, they gave me good medical tips, but I believe I was led to this team as they were top notch. I have faith good things will happen when I go back. I have faith God still has big plans for me here on this earth....I believe without my faith, I would not be here right now!!