We had a great time in Montana, but the drive was long and I am glad to be home. I drove first to Yellowstone and met up with my friends Steven and Scotty. One night of camping was enough– I spent the next 2 in a hotel! Then I drove through the park and over the Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge for the family reunion. We had a great place to stay there on the creek and Finnegan got more attention than you can ever imagine.
The drive home was long, hot, and boring. A bright spot was my first morning in Missoula, MT, when I got to catch up with a childhood friend who is living there now. Hadn’t seen her in 20 years! How did we ever get to be an age where that is even possible?
So now I am at home and enjoying petsitting. This morning as I type, I have 4 small dogs running around the couch. They play play play and are the cutest. It just makes me so happy to have all these little wagging tails around. I actually am excited to get up in the morning because they are all here!
I am still waiting to get all my tests done to enroll in the clinical trial. Because my original invasive cancer was so tiny, there isn’t enough left to test. So on Wednesday I’m having a bone biopsy so they can take a little piece of the cancer that’s in my rib and use it to test for the trial. Then I’ll have to repeat the CT, bone scan, and a bunch of other crap. It’s taking way longer than we thought and I’ve now been off chemo for almost 4 weeks. I feel good, but need to get started on this new plan.
My oncologist is having me do a dose of Herceptin tomorrow so that I’m not totally unprotected for all of this time. But it’s still getting a little weird. I can feel 2 more lesions in my ribs and something in my lower spine. But despite these little burning spots, overall I feel really good not being on chemo! My feet are almost totally back to normal. I can eat whatever I want. And some days I don’t even take a nap!