Monday, June 13, 2011

Treatment plan

This last week has been a whirlwind!!  I had my port placed Friday, did well with that.  I'm a little tender but otherwise good.  Then spent the weekend moving friends, bittersweet.  I had the opportunity to meet a new who had Hodgkin's lymphoma.  He shared parts of his experience with me and brought me a prayer blanket.  This blanket was made by ladies at his church and prayed over while they made it, then blessed at Sunday mass.  I was optimistic before but this put my situation in a whole new light....I'm ready to face this monster head on and get on with my life.

Met with the oncologist today.  PET scan scheduled for tomorrow.  PFT (lung function test) and MUGA scan (for heart function) for Thursday.  Then my first chemo treatment on Monday. I'll be receiving ABVD chemo, which is the most typical kind of chemo.  Each letter stands for a different medication in the regimen.  I'll do a treatment then have a week off then do another treatment but I'll have lab work done weekly to monitor my blood levels. So after my 2 cycles of chemo (each cycle includes 2 treatments) we'll redo the PET scan and reassess if I'm done or if I'll have to continue with some sort of treatment.   Dr thinks I'll only have to do 2 cycles of treatments (which is only 4 times!!) so I'm hoping by the end of summer I'll be done with this nightmare. 

Thank you all for the prayers and support, it means the world to us.


  1. You sound SO optimistic Jamie! Good for you. Sounds almost as though they're feeling like this has been caught early? Continued thoughts and prayers!!

  2. I will continue to pray! I will be passing your name on to some prayer warriors, as well!