We are happy to report that mom has an official plan on how things will proceed from here. Of course all of this is subject to change at any moment, but for now it is nice to know a time frame of where she is heading. Mom met with her oncologist today. Dr. Buys and her team did a fabulous job explaining all the happenings around her treatment. Dad, Bentley and I were all there to be briefed on the plan as well. Mom will begin chemotherapy on Tuesday, April 13 and have her doses every 3 weeks for 6 rounds. This will take her probably until August to complete this portion of her treatment. After chemotherapy she will rest for a few weeks and then she will start radiation which will continue for 6 more weeks. We were excited to learn that the chemo medicines she will have do not tend to cause as much nausea as others medicines. They do however have other side effects of which one will be hair loss. She of course has been preparing for this and so it was not unexpected. Fatigue will be probably one of the biggest side effect that she will have to deal with. The chemotherapy days will be long, probably at least 5 hours spent at the hospital for one appointment. We are getting together a few hand projects and some good books to help pass the time. I think she is anxious to get things started and still grateful that she likes the team that is handling her case.
This next week she will have a few other appointments to have an Echo cardiogram, a PET scan and a follow-up exam from the 2nd lumpectomy she had this last Monday. All of these procedure need to take place before they start the chemotherapy which is why it has been delayed a until the 13th. The Echo cardiogram will help set a base line for her heart as one of the chemotherapy's has a side effect of causing heart issues. The PET scan is an entire body scan to look for the spread of cancer.
So with the realization that mom was indeed going to lose her hair we decided that after her appointment, that mom and I would pay a visit to one of the several Wig shops located on 33rd South. I have never noticed it before but like 300 West in Salt Lake is called Tile Mile, mom and I have officially named 33rd South as Wig Way. Seriously, notice next time you drive it. There are many wig shops. It was tough to decide which one we should go to but we had several recommendations that pointed to Creative Wigs and so that's where we went. I was fine to go to any of them except for the one titled Pattie's Wig Wam. I think the name just wasn't sitting well with me. Anyway, mom was tentative a little at first. But she got into it and tried several on. We emailed several pictures to Katie to help make the final vote. Basically, her new Raquel Welch wig looks just like her natural hair cut and color. I couldn't convince her to do anything different. It looks absolutely adorable and seriously you almost can't even tell. We did however do a little experiment tonight at the house to see if anyone noticed that she had it on. Will her little 4 year old grandson noticed right off and told her that her hair looked a "little messy." She laughed and loved it when others didn't notice right off. Dad of course made her feel the best when he said that we did a "super job" finding one that fit her style so well.