It was a long day, but we will take long days like this when they turn out to be so good!

First up, our appointment with Dr. Moulder, the oncologist. She gave us the chemo plan which consists of 12 rounds of Taxol once a week, followed by four rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxan/5-FU once every three weeks. Total treatment: 6 months.

Some of this might change since this oncologist won’t be the one administering the chemo. We meet with a local oncologist at OU’s Cancer Center on Thursday.

Next, we met with a pharmacist who talked to us about the side effects of the chemo drugs. Fun stuff. The worst will be the Adriamycin/Cytoxin/5-FU. That’s where all the nausea/vomitting comes in. The symptoms are harder with each treatment. So by month 6, I bet I’m a peach to be around. In fact,  by month 6, you guys might want to throw poor Alan a life raft.

Next stop, Dr. Gainer,  our breast surgeon. Sigh. This was a bittersweet appointment. Bitter because it is my last appointment with her, aside from future annual mammograms. Sweet because I got my pathology report back, and it was good news, guys. She removed 23 lymph nodes last week. Out of 23, guess how many had cancer cells?


Fantastic news.

From there, we saw Dr. Kronowitz, our plastic surgeon. He said everything looks great. They even added saline to my expander!

Next, we went to get an ultrasound. This was ordered by the Infectious Disease department as a step toward getting me off antibiotics. I’ve been on heavy-duty antibiotics since late November. That’s a long time to be on antibiotics.

The ultrasound was to tell us if I had any of that pesky fluid that was causing the problem around my expander. Guess how much fluid I had?


Finally, we headed to Infusion Therapy to get my PICC line removed. YAY! Guess how many more nightly saline and heparin flushes? Guess how many more sterile dressing changes? Guess how many more times I’ll get my lines caught on my shirt sleeve? Guess how often I’ll wrap my arm in Saran Wrap and waterproof tape for a shower?


It was a really, really long day. But there was a wide variety of great news.

I’m on cloud nine, guys.

It’s been a long, but really GOOD day!

Now, bring on the chemo.

28 thoughts on “Woohoo!

  1. You have no idea how tickled we are about today’s news. Gonna go do the Happy Dance around the house!! Maybe even two or three of them. It’s about time you got a break, sweetie! Safe journey home! Love you! Mom & Dad

  2. Wonderful news! God is so good! Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

  3. Great news, Jenny!! Just amazing! So very happy the pathology came back GREAT and that you were able to get rid of you PICC line. I’ve had to help take care of one with my sister so I know what a relief that is to get it out. You are so courageous!! Keep up the good fight, my friend!

  4. Such good news! I’m so happy for you and the entire Herzberger crew. What a relief. I totally agree with your mom, it’s about time you caught a break.

  5. Whoo hoo! I’m so glad you got to have a day full of great news. It’s way overdue and you deserve it!

    Praying that you fly through chemo and kick cancer to the curb!

  6. Jen fantastic news, thank God, thank God you. are in His wonderful caring hands. We are so happy for you. So sad you have gone through this but it has brought you in contact with some of the most wonderful people in the world. Enjoy your family. We continue to pray for you.

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