Thursday, August 26, 2010

he said my scans were beautiful

Dr. Brachman said my scans were beautiful. Dr. Shapiro...as usual didn't say much...but that means it is a good thing! Everything went great and things are going as expected by the doctors. So my treatment plan is as follows... See how I do with double chemo starting September 2 and then after a month add more on top of that (chemo is 5 days a month). No more radiation ever and the trial every 2 weeks with blood work every single week. Dr. is writing a prescription for a port which I am rather thrilled about! A port means that instead of so much poking of my veins, the nurses can just stick me through my skin and the port inside of my skin goes to my veins. Dr. Shapiro said that I lost a lot of hair...kinda scary but Brachman said it will grow back wherever I have fuzzies. I have fuzzies about everywhere but there are some areas that are still a soft, smooth baldness. I may have some random bald spots but at least I will have some hair. If it is too thin I may just be a proud baldy from now on. So that is the latest good news. Terry is going to get me a copy of all my scans and mail it to me so in a few weeks I may have more pictures of my brain. We got to see before and after pictures and it was crazy the difference between the two. I guess I am supposed to always have a space or hole in my brain. You will understand more when you see the pictures...you can't really see peach fuzz anymore and I could see the plates in my head...those are my favorite parts. Dr. Shapiro had not seen the tumor before today, he had only seen the after surgery pictures and when he saw it - all he said was, "That's impressive". ha. Oh and Dr. Brachman said I am an A+ brain case. I got an A+ on my surgery and I finished radiation, A+ and radiation went well, A+ and my body is doing well health wise, so another...A+!!! He asked me if I were in school and I said no but then he reassured me that I had a 4.0 in fighting cancer...I wonder if they give scholarships for that! Hey it could look good on a resume! :) Well I am rather happy and my doctor over emphasized the importnace of eating protien and said nothing about sugar...I think we may lax up on the diet a little...but only a little. I still want to be healthy so I can fight this but they said my body is doing great and I am at a steady weight too. Yay for doctors today. I also aced my Brain Games with Terry. She said that I set records everytime and she has never had someone as fast as me. I don't think she has ever had someone more competitive than me. I get so excited to memorize 12 things and connect dots by number and letter and both. I get excited about listing all the things I can possibly think about that start with a specific letter - for example, I will have 60 seconds to say all the words I can possibly think of that start with the letter "f". I am also really good at spelling WORLD forwards and backwards. We always have extra time in the end so we get to talk! She has to wait 20 minutes between one of the tests to see how long I retain information. A+ from Terry and I continue my 4.0...oh, also just to keep bragging....I held very still for my MRI and did not cry when they poked me twice today. I was a good girl!

Happy dreams tonight!
Tomorrow is Friday and then the next day is Saturday which is temple session day!!!!!!!
Then Sunday will be a big day and then comes Monday...nothing special about that day besides the fact that it brings me one day closer to being done with all this

I Love Josh

Tara Bodrero

12 comments:

Avon said...

YEAH!!!!!!! Such great news Tara!!!! You are an inspiration to me and I am so so happy you got such great news. I love your family so much!!!! Get some rest ok :)

Avon

Tiffany said...

GREAT news!! Love reading your updates

StaceyHemeyer said...

YAY! So excited for you! I have been checking the blog all day to see the results! Thanks for your beautiful, cheerful spirit! You truly are one of a kind! A+!

CHRISTINE said...

Congratulations! You aced everything...way to go! We are so happy for you and your hubby, Josh. You can brag all you want...you earned it. Have a great weekend, Tara!
Dr. Jared and Christine Williams

christy said...

HAPPY DAY....LIFE IS GOOD. WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! :o)

Lisa Marie said...

Wah who!!! I've been nervious since the last post waiting for an update. That is SO GREAT! I'll be going to bed with a smile on my face for sure tonight. Hugs!!

Aselin said...

FANTASTIC! What a wonderful workup! I have to laugh at the gift your competitiveness is to your healing. Were we all so strong; we can learn from you and your optimism. Thank you for sharing. We love you!

Birtcher said...

Woooohooo! A-da girl Tara! A+ all the way baby! Yeah! So impressed with you girl. Just gotta let you know that. You are an inspiration to all. Keep at it girl.

Heidi said...

WONDERFUL!!! I'm so very, very thankful to hear this. Great news for you and Josh and everyone else who loves you!

Jeni said...

Wonderful news for you and your family Tara. So positive, a true inspiration to all. Love - The Bells SA

Lynette said...

I was so scared to read the post today...I am so relieved that everything went so well! You are a fighter supreme! All your good news is definitely reason to celebrate!! We'll keep praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Tara,

Wonderful news for you and Josh. I had a hard time waiting to log on today to read your update!! I was concerned about you and am relieved that the news is so good!!! God Bless You!!

Michelle