I try to be pragmatic, practical, reasonable and emotionally stable. But once in a while, that just doesn’t work. Last week we went for the pre-surgery appointment to make sure we could schedule surgery for August. Everything looked good. I was thrilled to finally have this “end” of this stage in site and on the calendar, but that night I lost it.
A whole new range of undefined challenges come with having surgery scheduled. Radiation will follow surgery – how will I react to 5 days a week for 6 week while working full time? How tired do you get? What if the hoped for “100% pathological response” to chemo (the one that means you are a lower risk for re-occurrence), doesn’t happen? What if the MRI shows that not much really changed after the 6 treatments with Taxotere, Herceptin and Perjeta that I am in the process of enduring? I want some good news here!
While I try maintaining an attitude of gratitude (I have a truly amazing husband who loves me (the kindest person I’ve ever met), fabulous friends, neighbors who are kind, coworkers who are supportive, three children who are fiercely loyal and loving, and four little grandbabies who know who to drive depression and anxiety far away. I know God is in control of my outcomes. But some days, fear creeps in. Words like aggressive and invasive are scary words.
Thursday was my day for a meltdown. A good cry (if there is such a thing), a warm blanket, a hug, and some sleep, and Friday I was ready to drag myself through another fun day.