Hey folks, this is Erin reporting in. Sorry it’s been so long since this site has been updated. I’ve spent the last few weeks recovering from surgery. So much has happened, the biggest and most unexpected being a move. I’m now living much closer to the hospital and even though I hate being in suburbia, I do love my new place. It’s a 2 bedroom apt so any and all visitors are welcome!
The other biggest development is the fact that my chemo treatments started today. In fact I’m sitting in chemo as I type this. There sure are a lot of old people here. The nurses are calling me “little one” and “young’n” which aren’t exactly my favorite nicknames ever, but I can see why they say it. Although it does feel a bit like I’m getting infected with old-itis as I sit here knitting…
For those of you who care about the diagnosis we did get a final word that the particular type of cancer I’m facing is a small cell cancer of the ovaries. This type of cancer is incredibly rare, in fact it’s my understanding that there are only 1 or 2 other women in the US currently undergoing treatment for it. The prognosis is not great, but we’re keeping a positive attitude.
As the nurse was injecting this specific chemo into me she mentioned that if for any reason the substance did not stay in my veins it would eat my tissues, muscles, tendons, etc. I’m imagining it having this same effect on any lingering cancer cells as she injects it into my aorta. Also, this chemo turns my urine pink.
My sister has been a workhorse researching information on this type of cancer, I don’t know where she’s finding information, but one of the things she’s found is that the closer you are to 30 years old when you have this the better your chance of survival. Never have I been so happy to have gone through as much of the aging process as I have so far. The best site I’ve found for information and resources on this type of cancer is the Small Cell Ovarian Foundation which you can check out for more details if you like.