Saudi Arabia: Bedu’s Trying to Keep Ahead with Posts


        Dear American Bedu Reader,

I hope that you will not notice my short absence from the blog again.  I’ve been working hard on trying to have interesting posts for you which have been written in advance.

You see, I had my 2nd procedure on 12 June.  My first procedure which took place on 01 June went well.  That was the mapping and diagnostic procedure during which time my liver was filled with dye so that the doctor knew which veins had to blocked in order to prevent the SIR Spheres from traveling beyond the liver.

The procedure of 12 June is the first of two procedures which actually disburse the radioactive SIR-Spheres into the liver.  These procedures have the higher chance of side effects which can diminish my active presence on the blog for a short period.  However, you are not being abandoned by any means.  As before, my trusted moderator will be overseeing the blog and ensuring that any comments in moderation are addressed.

I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news but I have been candid from the beginning about my journey and battle with cancer.  While I am optimistic that the SIR Spheres will kill most of the cancer in the liver, that does not mean my battle is anywhere near over.

Sadly, while preparing and planning for SIR Spheres, my cancer has chosen to reawaken.  It has spread further in the bones and I have a recurrence of cancer in the breast.

I know…you might be wondering what do I mean a recurrence in the breast.  Didn’t she have a mastectomy?  Yes; I had a mastectomy followed by reconstruction surgery.  However, I learned that cancer can indeed come back in a reconstructed breast.  In my case, my oncologist advised that not all the lymph nodes were removed from the breast cage when I had my mastectomy and it is in these lymph nodes that the cancer has chosen to return.

As a result, I will be back in aggressive chemotherapy and probably before the 3rd and final SIR Spheres procedure.

So this means that my pink warrior armor remains on and I’m prepared for battle.  I’ve got my faith, loving family, great friends, my kitties and Bedublogosphere beside me.  What else do I need?  I’ve got it all.

Mother Hen Pink Bedu Warrior!  



16 Responses

  1. Carol:

    I am so sorry to hear this. 😦 Let just hope this new treatment puts the cancer into remission. If ever there is someone who deserves some good news it is you.

  2. Thank you, Bigstick.

    I am an optimist. Even now as I’m recovering from my treatment of SIR Spheres. Each time I feel a twinge or cramping in the abdominal/liver area (typical side effect), I say, “Yes; that pain is the radiation particles attacking and killing the cancer!”

  3. They say that the mind can do amazing things to the body including curing itself.

    You Carol are the definition of a survivor as well as a fighter.

    🙂 Keep on keeping on.

  4. I love your optimism! Hugs!

  5. Thank you! I feel like I have so much going on and to be thankful for that I’ve got to pull on all reserves. I’ll fight and pray to God for that miracle! And yes, I do believe in them.

  6. We will pray for you.

  7. Best wishes in your battle always Carol.

  8. All the best dear Carol. God willing,you fight this damned disease and recover fully.

  9. I’m sorry to hear yet more bad news concerning your battle cancer.
    You are strong person, stronger than I believe if would ever be in a similar situation.
    My heart and prayes go out to you.

    Keep strong sister.

  10. Carol, Just to let you know I think the time I had my 4th re-occurance of breast cancer i was really angry, Why? because like you I had a mastectomy and the stupid cancer went to my chest wall. I found humor in this and told people the was something very wrong to get breast cancer when you don’t even have a breast. If you think about it I hope it make you giggle at least a little. Get better. Dolores

  11. Carol,

    May Lord’s Blessings Be Upon You!

  12. Sorry to hear this, Carol.

  13. Don’t you give up being optimistic Carol! Still need you around, put on your fighting spirit & kick some cancer butt!

  14. @Dolores – first, please forgive me in advance if the words might sound a little crude, but one of my first remarks was, “Only I could get a recurrence of cancer in a fake boob!”

    Thanks all for the words of encouragement and support. I remain a fighter and each time I might feel some twinges of pain in the area of the liver, instead of complaining, I’m telling myself…”Good. Come on pain. Come on radiation (SIR Spheres). Kill that cancer!”

    Besides, I’ve got grandsons to see grow up and a documentary to complete! (smile)

  15. Carol Now you know you are not alone there are at least two of us (in your words) that can get cancer in a make believe boob. LOL hope you get well soon.Grand Children need to be spoiled. Dolores

  16. Thanks, Dolores!

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