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Date Posted: 14:27:14 11/29/12 Thu
Subject: Today's Facebook Post
Hey Guys, Well next week is a huge one. I meet with my Oncologist to talk Chemo in detail, and to get more specifics about a lot of things on Wednesday. Monday is the second part of the MRI study of the Pelvis and Hip, however they finally called today with results from the Lumbar MRI. I have a herniated disk in my L5 with a narrowing pathway seen there as well. That would explain a lot, but the further study will give us the whole picture. I only know that the pain has been surreal. The oral steroids and Percocet have been a Godsend, but a vacation from the pain entirely would be most welcome at this point. I can't go into Chemo this way and we all know it (not a good way to start).
The good news is that I already have an appointment set up with a very reputable Orthopedic Surgeon who deals with Epidural Steroid injections, and even does special Sacral Plexus injections as well. He wants to get this done before I start Chemo, and he's right, we need to do what we can now before my white cells plummet. Finishing up some dental work that hit us out of left field on Thursday (just trying really hard to get everything out of the way NOW). John and I have crunched the numbers, and we have a feeling that we are going to end up starting Chemo after the holidays. Just praying the cancer stays steady until then, but it makes sense. We are mentally planning on Thursday, January 3rd 2013 as Thursday's will be the easiest days for us (and John telecommutes from his job on Fridays now, which means he will at least be home in case of an emergency reaction the next day).
The difference is in me. I spent a month scared half out of my mind by what these centers have told us, and the insensitive ways in which we were dismissed and handled, but the last center we went to in a last ditch effort, at least gave me something. I am blessed to have a loving and caring Oncologist and a family nurse practitioner that has been crucial in getting me through this. I have decided that I am going to kick this Sonofabitch's ass. If I go down, he goes down first! I have decided to mentally prepare myself in the only way I know how or I won't get out of the starting gate. I can't look at Chemo the way I did while I am doing it or I will not make it. I'm going into it with guns blazing. I am going to still use alternative medicine that will complement and even aid the Chemo. I am mentally as ready as I will ever be. I spent the last few days looking at wigs online. I thought a lot about losing my signature mane of curls. I'm human, how can I not think of this, but then I thought back to my show with Andrea Evans, and what she said about hair. She's right, it's only hair. As anyone who has seen my picture knows, it would have to be an elaborate wig because I would just not be me otherwise, so I am looking at these long Goddess looking wigs, and John got his first chuckle of the day looking at the ones I had bookmarked. I will max out my card, but it will be for a good cause. I will need that wig for a while (I don't want a really wiggy looking wig). Going to get a cap for sensitive skin to go underneath (any suggestions on this from my sisters out here would be most welcome).
One of these days when our priority list grows shorter, I will buy a new digital and maybe post a new pic of me with the one I choose. Look out Veronica lake! LOL! For now, I am in warrior mode, and I'm not going down without a fight. The Angiosarcoma has no idea what's about to hit it's sorry, ass, but I know what's coming, and for once, I can give IT a surprise! I want to see how I do with the first couple of treatments, and if I am not curled up in a ball vomiting all week long, I am going back to my show and my life for as long as the good lord will allow me. This Sonofabitch has taken all it's going to take from me! I will keep you posted as always. I love you with everything inside of me. YOU are my family. YOU are my strength. You are everything positive that I need to get through this, and because of that, this Thanksgiving held a new meaning for me. God bless you for being there. I love you. I always have and I always will..........♥
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Re: Today's Facebook Post -- Hannah (((((healing hugs :) ))))), 17:23:24 11/29/12 Thu 
Way to go, Ravenbeauty! :)
You will K-O that SOB! :)
You will win this battle, and I and all the others who love you will be walking beside you every step of the way!
My grandma taught me to find the good in everything - - -
so...when you have beaten that SOB, you will still have a great wig for bad hair days :)
((((All my love))))
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Re: Today's Facebook Post -- wherly, 16:28:11 12/01/12 Sat 
You and your loved ones are in my prayers. Have a blessed Christmas, and in the New Year go kick that cancer's butt.
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