Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scrapbook Expo

As you all know my first doctor appointment was Thursday at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) facility. I wasn't nervous until I spoke to the doctor. She told me that even though my doctor had said he had check my uterus and everything was ok, he never actually did a biopsy of it. He only did a biopsy of the left ovary. So she ended up doing a biopsy right their in the office and it hurt like so much! Now, I'm a nervous wreck about it. So many things are going through my mind. What if the doctor was wrong and I do have cancer in my uterus. Am I really ready to give up ALL hope of ever having kids of my own? Can I take all this pressure? Will I be able to wait all 7-10 days for the results to come in? She said that my doctor had sent over the "tumor" (yes, she confirmed it wasn't a cyst anymore, it was a 5.5 inch tumor!), but the tumor was in fragments. That's a big deal because she wasn't sure if the tumor had been ruptured inside of my in order to take it out or if it had been ruptured to analyze it afterwards. If it were ruptured inside of me, the chances of me getting cancer on the uterus or somewhere else would increase dramatically, but if it was taken out as a whole then most likely everything will be ok (except for the uterus until the test results come in).

She also said that I will have to do a CT Scan (which I already scheduled) and she did confirm I will need a surgery done. The type of surgery all depends on what the results say. If everything is ok (as we are all praying) then it will just be a laproscopic surgery to check my insides as well as do a 10 point biopsy of all the organs. She will also be removing my appendice (spelling?) because I've been having troubles with it and she doesn't want it to get any cancer since it's so vulnerable. I'm hoping all is ok with my test results and that the surgery is an in and out procedure like the have planned so far.

I have my appointment to find out my test results on Thursday, March 31st. Please keep praying for me. Even though my dr already confirmed that no matter what I will be needing chemotherapy (all depending again on the test results) as little as 4 sessions (in 3 week intervals), I'm ok with all the precautionary steps that they are taking. I just hope that I'm done with all this cancer stuff and that all my tests and my surgery are and will only be done for precaution instead of necesity.

Anyways, after leaving the doctor at UCSF, I decided to call my doctor here and ask him if he had taken out the tumor in pieces or as a whole (since it would determine how serious the chemo could be and how likely the cancer could of spread). I got a call last night (31 hours later!) and he said HE TOOK IT OUT AS A WHOLE!! He also said that even though he only did the biopsy of the left ovary (and that came out ok) he did look at the uterus very well and saw nothing out of the ordinary. He said he was more worried of the left ovary but that was ok! That was fantastic news! Even though it wasn't confirming I was alright, it significantly changed things around and lowered my risks of mastasis (spreading of cancer due to cancer cells escaping from a tumor or cyst) to pretty much UNLIKELY! It definitely made my weekend and I feel somewhat better of the uterus being safe.

I want to thank everyone that has been praying for me and being up to date with my situation. Truthfully, Thursday night, when my husband and I were alone, it was very difficult for me. I'm very happy to having a loving supporting husband. Once in a while I do break down, but Roger is such an amazing person and I can't thank God enough for sending him into my life.

Since January, my friend and I had been planning to go to the Scrapbook Expo on Friday, March 18th in Pleasanton. Truthfully, I didn't want to go. I just wanted to stay home and in bed all day. My parents, my husband and my friends kept saying I should go but that it was upto me. They know something is definitely wrong when I say no to something about scrapbooking. Friday morning came around and after convincing my to go and I convincing another friend to go, all 3 of us ended up going. I'm happy I went. I was able to spend time with my friends and give a big hug to my friend Nancy (Homesclscrapper). Most of the time I was able to enjoy myself. I won't say this whole situation left my mind, but it was put to the side to enjoy so many cool products.

Here's what I bought:

There was such great prices and booths this year. I hope everything is ok so that when August comes around I'm even more excited to go to the San Jose Scrapbook Expo! I got all this for abotu $20! the two packs of paper where each $3.50!!!! Yes!!! I know!! Amazing!

After the expo, my friends wanted to go eat at The Cheesecake Factory! It was so delicious!

Here is my meal. Caramel Chicken!

Here is my friends' plates. Fired Calamari and Clam Chowder Soup and the other one is Fettucine Pasta with Sun Dried tomatoes and sauce.

Afterwards, my two funny yet piggy friends lol (just kidding girls) wanted a cheesecake slice! I of course had to try them both hehehehe.

Sabrina being funny here with her Oreo Cheesecake

and the other slice of cheesecake (raspberry)

I had a great time... and so far a great weekend. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! :o) It definitely makes my day.

Happy Scrapping All!


Michelle said...

Lots and lots of hugs coming your way Nati! I am always here if you need someone to talk to....Thank you for the update. I have been thinking of you since you first told me what was going on. Hoping all goes well on the 31st and they only have to do the minimal amount of chemo and surgery required!

Nancy aka Homesclscrapper said...

hugs and good seeing you yesterday.

JadeCook said...

Oh Nati I had no idea you were going through so much! I have seen things on your fb about surgery but did not know the details. I hope this is good news and everything will start looking up for you soon!!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Sending hugs and prayers your way. :)

Scrapenabler said...

I have been following your blog for a week or so and have been sorry to hear what all you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that all will turn out well for you on the 31st.

Glad you had a good time on Saturday.

Denise said...

Sheesh, what a rough time you've been having. I'm glad you had such a great time at the Expo w/ friends. Sounds like you needed a girls' weekend. Sending prayers your way.

scrapinbabygal said...

Hey! I feel bad not knowing what is going on. You are such a strong women; I know you will beat this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!! Lots of hugs!

~ Grace ~ said...

I will be praying for you hun!

Oh the other note... did you stop by the PK Glitz glitter and embossing booth? I was working the register all day on Fri and Sat. I would have loved to see you and meet you in person. So sad we missed each other.