Let’s start with some fun news first. Sweetie Cheeks (yes, my baking business is still up and running) will now be offering a selection of four cookies at a new, local East Sacramento ice cream shop called La Bombe http://www.labombeicecream.com/. Yay. La Bombe will be offering Sweetie Cheeks’ well-known flat macaroon cookie with coconut ice cream, a crisp chocolate chip cookie, a chewy peanut butter cookie, and a new Sweetie Cheeks shortbread cookie creation with sesame seeds, coconut, and pecans. I am really excited.
This is perfect because I have been looking forward to something like this for a while and it is an excellent distraction from all the challenges I have been recently given.
So, a little health update in addition to my fun baking news. Yesterday I had my Pet Scan (which is basically the scans of all scans). It was crazy. I have had one before but this one was a little different as they found an issue with my lung due to the recent lung biopsy. Ouch. I am on oxygen now and require a couple more x-rays to make sure I am breathing correctly. I am assuming I will be fine, I am not really short of breath and the oxygen does help. I am still walking, cooking, eating, typing, etc. so that is all good. I am pretending I am one of the old Italian guys in GoodFellas. It’s been hard to be away from Ella Mae though. I can’t wait to see her tonight.
We also got a more comprehensive review of what is going on in my body. So we are obviously dealing with the 5 brain lesions and are using radiation to hopefully rid my head of these horrible things. The Pet Scan showed cancer in both lungs (not too much of a surprise — this is an extension of my breast cancer) as well as in my spine (sigh — new news) and left scapula (another surprise). I definitely wasn’t expecting that. A lymph node looked ok so that’s good and they are still uncertain about a spot on my liver. Another sigh. This is just so much to retain. I just want to be better. I can’t believe a body I have been taking care of has done this to me. I am not perfect, I like to eat and drink and have fun, but I do exercise and love healthy food. Blah.
So. Treatment. We are getting a second opinion at U.C. Davis and I will do anything possible to get better. Chemotherapy is definitely in my future and I am praying for strength to get through this. Chemo is hard. It makes you feel so sick and helpless. A strategy that was brought up is that chemo may be administered once a week for two weeks, and then off for one week. They aren’t sure the duration or types of drugs as it seems like I will have to do a clinical trial.
So that’s all for now, I just want to share a bit of good news and provide status on what’s going on today. Thank you readers, I appreciate everything so much. Please take care. xoxo CP