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11/6/10 The last several days

Well,it has been a very busy week that is not over yet!

Thursday, 11/4, my port was placed for easy chemo access. This hopefully will prevent unnecessary needle sticks and will preserve the veins in my left arm (My right arm is no longer able to be used for blood pressures or needle sticks since the lymph nodes were removed). This procedure went well with only a day of discomfort.

Friday, 11/5, I had a long day of tests and then off to work for the night. I had a CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis and a whole body bone scan. The results of these scans were not immediately available. These tests were ordered to make sure the cancer has not spread.

I am working tonight and tomorrow night until 3am. Unfortunately tonight is the end of daylight savings time, so at 2:00am, we get to repeat that hour...ugh! It makes for a long night, but it keeps me busy.

Monday 11/8, I should be good to go to start chemo, depending on my lab values that day.

Thanks again for the continued support. I have enjoyed all of the cards, flowers, food, and prayers:))

Love, Jodi

11/3/10 Heads Up

Juli and I made a day out of shopping for head coverings that I would be happy about wearing. We had a lot of laughs, made some purchases, but overall just had fun. I have never been a hat person...guess I will be now.

I had my Muga scan yesterday also. This scan checks the strength of the heart muscle; chemo can be hard on the heart. They will do this during chemo, as well, to determine if my heart needs a rest. Everything checked out fine with the scan...let's hope it stays that way.

Juli and I put some pictures in the photo albums...Enjoy!

Love, Jodi

Post from Juli

HEY EVERYONE,  WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW A COUPLE OF THINGS AND THIS WAS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET THE WORD OUT. 

FIRST I HAVE ADDED THE MEAL SITE TO THE LINKS ON THIS WEBSITE SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO REMEMBER THE NAMES AND PASSWORDS.

I HAVE ALSO ADDED ABOUT 10 DAYS ON THE CALENDAR AROUND JODI'S CHEMO TREATMENTS THAT SHE WILL NEED MEALS.  I KNOW EVERYONE WANTS TO HELP AND I THINK THE SUPPORT IS GREAT AND I THANK YOU ALL.

WE SPECIFICALLY SET UP THESE DATES TO WHAT WORKS FOR JODI AND HER FAMILY SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SIGN UP BUT PLEASE STICK TO THE DAYS THAT ARE LISTED.  THERE WILL BE PLENTY MORE DATES IN THE FUTURE AS THE TREATMENTS BECOME MORE OFTEN.

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL WELL WISHES AND PRAYERS FOR MY FRIEND AND PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING! 

JULI

 

10/27/10 PT and surgery follow up

Physical therapy was not as grueling as I had feared. I had been working on my range of motion at home, maybe this helped. It is amazing how quickly your mobility is diminished after surgery. I have to continue the exercises to get the full range of this arm.

Following PT, I had my follow up appointment with my surgical oncologist. Everything is healing as expected. That is the good news, haha. The not so good news is that the surgeon would like to remove more tissue after chemo. He wants to be 150% sure that the margins are clear and that extra is removed. I agree! I do not want anything left when this battle is over.

I had a wonderful lunch after my appointments with my long time family friend, Linda. She is a survivor of the exact same breast cancer that I have. Linda also volunteers at the James facility that I receive my treatment. She is a wonderful resource in this process, as well as, a nurse. Thank you again, Linda.

Thanks for the continued thoughts and prayers:)

Love, Jodi

10/24/10 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

What a great day to spend time with family and friends walking to raise money for breast cancer. There was a nice crowd today for the walk, raising a total of $66,000 in Columbus. Our team, "Fight Like a Girl", raised $915. Thanks to all of my friends and family that supported this cause!! Thank you, Juli, for the idea to walk and being a great team leader:))

I have found out specific dates on the upcoming plan of care for treatment.

November 5: CT scan and whole body bone scan

November 8: 1st chemo treatment

Enjoy the rest of the day!

Love,

Jodi

10/21/10 Medical oncologist appointment

I met my medical oncologist today and I knew from the start it was a good fit. She sat down, explained everything and answered every question that Bob and I had. She was very patient and apparently has a photographic memory. She spoke to us about the plan for treatment without leafing through my chart the whole time, but still knew every detail of my current diagnosis and complete history.

I will undergo a few scans to make sure this nasty thing hasn't spread, this was a relief to Bob and I. Hopefully the results will be too! I will start chemo in 2-3 weeks. The first group of chemo agents will be every 2 weeks. This will last for 8 weeks. The second round will be every week for 12 weeks. This is the recipe that will work best for the type of breast cancer that I have. No doubt, this will be a rough road, not one that I can't handle.

Thank you for all of your love and prayers. I enjoy reading the guestbook, it feels good to have so much support.

Love,

Jodi

10/20/2010 Hello!

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting. I hope this website helps me communicate information and keeps me in touch with all of my friends and family that have shown such support during this bump in the road. I meet with the medical oncologist tomorrow to find out more information regarding the treatment I will undergo. I am anxious to know what is going on, but also to get this show on the road. I will be back tomorrow sometime to give an update on what the plan entails. Have a good night!

Love,

Jodi

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