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Successful Vertebroplasty Surgery

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Yesterday I finally had the vertebroplasty surgery on my back. I am happy to say that it was successful and can already feel some pain relief! The area that they worked on was the T5 part of my vertebrae and I am pretty sore in that area. I’m just glad that it’s all over with for now. I believe this will be my 4th vertebroplasty…pretty soon my whole back will be cemented.

I have been sleeping pretty much since the surgery. This is the first time that I am actually awake and moving around a bit. The past few days have been a blur and I can’t remember which stories I told to whoever. Last night my Oncologist came to my room and told me that he looked at the results of the petscan. The results are not good…the cancer is still spreading. He told me that the cancer is spreading at a rapid rate (although I don’t have any in my organs still). Monday, I am starting a new chemo called Taxotere. This chemo has much harsher side effects than the chemo pill I am currently on. I will have to go back to the infusion room and have the chemo administered via IV. I will be sending out times that are available for people to keep me company during the infusion, so keep an eye out for the post.

Shortly after the doc told me the news, Kim and her family came by. I started to tell them what the doc said and started crying. I think the reality of everything hit me and saying it out loud just made it even more real. Today, Kim’s family brought me a beautiful plant and balloons to brighten up the room…so thoughtful of them. I wish my friends lived closer so I would have someone to keep me company more often. It’s nice to have someone here, even if I am sleeping. It almost makes me feel safe from all that is going on. I hate this cancer and what it does to people. There are so many young, innocent people out there that are just starting their life, and now to get news like this? It just isn’t fair. I guess I just have to believe that a higher power has another, more important mission for people like me.

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