Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My brain is full

I don’t even know where to begin. This has been a good day albeit a tiring one. What makes it good? Hmmm?? Spending time with my children. Getting some important health things accomplished and hearing news that didn’t make me crumble.

As you know I had bone marrow taken about two weeks ago and, let me tell you, it was even more painful than the first two times I had it done. I was badly bruised for quite some time afterward and I still feel some pain as a result. Thankfully, the bruising has started to fade.

The results of that test and the MRI were explained to me today. The MRI confirmed what the x-ray showed and picked up on a few small lesions that were under or overlapping the one that the bone survey detected. Because of this I will be getting a full-body MRI – from top of head to feet – to see if there are any other lesions present. If there are then I have “full-blown” multiple myeloma. My bone marrow shows that I am producing more plasma cells than I should be and I have already been diagnosed with plasmacytoma, which is cancer. Here’s a definition that I found on CancerAnswers.com: “Plasmacytoma is basically a cancer of the plasma cells, meaning that they are multiplying out of control.” In layman’s terms, and how the PA explained to me, my bone marrow is making plasma cells more than it should.

The exact treatment plan will not been determined until all the additional testing is done (further results will be received on February 1st), including another blood workup where they’re planning on taking a gallon of blood (okay, slight exaggeration). And, to top it off, mild osteoporosis is present. What I can tell you thus far is next week I begin infusions to treat the osteoporosis. And, as far as the cancer treatment: If it is multiple myeloma I will begin a serious treatment plan and be put on the list for a stem cell transplant.

This is the way I look at it: I’m fighting cancer. Period. I do not like to say I “have” cancer. It doesn’t have me; if you know what I mean. As I learn more about what is going on within my body I will do a better job of relaying it and understanding it. For now, I wanted to share with you what is going on “in this woman’s world!”

My instructions thus far are to get a lot of rest and eat healthily. I have a new addition to my medicine family to help with an absolutely, terrible and awful pain in my neck. Right now, even as I type, I’m dosing off. Although I will try to blog hop, comment and do all the things I normally do I suspect that resting is going to be at the top of my list for quite some time.

I really want to thank those who have sent well wishes, prayers and kind words my way. You’ll never know how very much it’s appreciated.