We had our Thursday appointment at OHSU and everything went splendidly. We found out in the second appointment that the cancer has not metastisized, which was the news that we were most concerned about recieving. We are elated to know that the cancer is staying put and we are going to make sure that it doesn't go anywhere. Also, preliminary results show that the lymph nodes are cancer-free. We will not know more until the final results are back. We learned all of this in the surgical appointment.
We also had a genetics appointment, where the doctors comprehensively explained the genetics testing Heather had undergone and quickly found out what was happening with the tests that had been sent in (??) by Salem Hospital. We have two-weeks until we know what the results will be. Please keep prayers going and fingers crossed that these results will be negative.
The third appointment was with the medical oncologist, who was Wonderful. He was extremely knowledgable, friendly, and most of all supportive and compassionate. Chemotherapy will start after the surgery. As of now, we do not know when surgery is scheduled, but we do know that it will be a double mastectomy.
Next, we met with the fertility doctor to discuss IVF. We both felt like we were in a movie. The process is very futuristic and the thought of being able to freeze embryos is exciting and bizarre all at the same time. At this time, we are unsure of our direction on fertility but would welcome opinions and experience on this issue. OHSU offers the cryo embryo proceedure at a discounted rate for cancer patients. I guess, nowadays, that includes us!
Finally, we met with the plastic surgeon. This appointment was gut-wrenching, foretelling, and still hopeful. Its hard to imagine the proceedures that were discussed (such as the diep breast reconstruction), but we are excited that these proceedures are so extremely foreward thinking and advanced. The plastic surgeon was wonderful and inspiring about the outcome of whatever proceedure Heather decides on.
At this point, the prospect of making such a heafty decision is overshadowed by the tiredness from yesterday's meetings. We are planning to spend some time discussing our options and hopefully come to a decision by next week about many of our obstacles ahead. Thank you for those who have weighed-in on the reconstruction proceedures as well as the fertility question. We appreciate you opinions and life examples.
In the end, we haven't really ever heard anyone speak badly about the care at OHSU, and we will gladly add ourselves to the list of those who were and are currently being given the best possible care at the University on the hill. We are so glad and blessed to be in the position to have amazing insurance and amazing healthcare so close to us. Most of all, we are blessed to have such amazing friends and family to hold us up during this time.
Heather & Shane