The Pathology Result

December 27, 2011

My pathology results are back. Apparently there was evidence of cancer in one of the lymph glands they removed, and it had moved into the muscle tissue as well, so next week I’m off to Birmingham again to figure out a course of treatment, which will most likely be chemo and radiation.



  1. Be strong and if you do radiation just TAKE IT EASY. It’s cumulative and wears you out. I don’t know about chemo, but I knows the radiation. Prayers and vibes.

  2. Thank you Kim, I’ll keep that in mind. I do have a tendency to push it sometimes when I shouldn’t.
    The chemo is what I’m dreading the most, though. I’d rather not lose my hair, but if I have to, then I have to.

  3. From those I know who have had chemo it was said that it was rough but from some of those who also had radiation they agreed with me. The chemo has a definite cycle of crap-feeling and hair-losing. Radiation creeps up on you and has some lingering effects. But, don’t not do it. You do whatever the docs say.

    Your hair will grow back! Plus, you can rock the hat/scarf/bald thing and not have to screw with your hair.

    Hey, it’s something, right?

    And, really. This IS all about you, so don’t overdo and do let people do for you.

  4. Thank you so much Kim, I really appreciate you explaining things to me. Not knowing can be pretty scary. And please allow me a few more questions.
    Do you think my hair will fall out just once, or will it continue to fall out as long as I do chemo? How long does the chemo treatment last (as in months) and do people usually have to go more than once a month? I’m hoping it won’t be over a couple of months.

  5. I’m not an expert on chemo. I didn’t have to have it. I know peeps who have had series that go a few times a week with a break then another series, etc. Or, extreme series, etc. Some last six months, some last less, some last more.I think it depends on what is targeted. So, I have no idea. I know someone who had extremely targeted chemo who didn’t lose her hair (it was anal cancer) and I know someone who went for breast cancer chemo who lost her hair, but it grew back thicker than ever. It’s all in what is prescribed.. Your docs will fill you in. Ask lots of questions.

    Hey, hair, schmair. And I know you have thick lovely hair;but don’t worry. My breast cancer bud had/has thick lovely hair and it came back.

  6. Hey. Why don’t you email me at bbking52@yahoo.com if you’d like to vent, talk, or have other questions that I probably can’t answer. But, I’ll try! My experience was 2002/2003 and then for five years thereafter with follow up drugs, so I’m sure stuff has changed.

  7. Email sent!

  8. I’m making the rounds – just wanted to wish you a happy new year. Sorry to hear about the bump in the road, I’m keeping you in my prayers.

  9. And a Happy New Year to you and your family Mrs. C!
    Maybe the new year will be a kindler, gentler version of 2011, no? 🙂

  10. I am with you on this one Dragon Lady. Always. Be thinking them positive thought waves and prayers to ya.
    I know how you feel. Do. I. Ever.
    If ya need a sounding board, I am here for you.

  11. Thanks DL, let’s hope so!
    Try and behave yourself tonight!

  12. Thank you ORP, I need all of the thoughts and prayers I can get.

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