WELL...(deep subject) everyone wants to know what happened with my new Radiation Oncologist who is a BRAIN specialist. We celebrated with late lunch at Catfish Deweys...lf a bunch of stone crabs for me...and baby back ribs for Richard.
The doctor gave me some incredibly bad news. He showed me the MRI and told me that the cancer was in the brain lining...but had also gotten into the brain and was causing some swelling of the brain tissue. He asked about side effects from this. I told him head aches, etc. The news sounded bad..but he sounds SO great...that when he told me I could call him Dr. Mellon...or I could call him by his first name...Eric. After speaking with him already for a while...I said....I think I might just call you "the person I love". He was amazing.
I had a couple of different routes to use to attack the cancer...one was just going after the actual spots they see....the other was much more aggressive and included radiation to the entire brain. I told him my story of going to Shand's Teaching Hospital while I was Pre-Med in my second year of college. I got there...saw a surgury done on someone's brain....had to run out because I thought I would throw up watching the brain actually pulsating. I then dropped out of pre-med and went into Journalism. I told him HE had the doctorate...he had the experience...WHAT WOULD HE do if I was his father...or brother....and he said he would go with the more aggressive treatment. So I said...I feel that you're the man...I will do that one.
I have to start with a very aggressive MRI of my spine and lower brain
THEN, I have to have a Spinal Tap. Doesn't sound like fun...but it's a necessity.
Then I have to begin the full brain radiation treatment. I will also have another doctor who will help with the process.
I have to also keep my eye on head aches...because I am prone to having brain seizures. Right now he thinks (based on my descriptions of side effects) that I have a while before I should have any seizures (which can be deadly)
Overall...after treatment he thinks I could have several years(3 or 4)
That sounds like a good thing...and I am just blessed to have someone so wonderful working to help me. Life is beautiful NOW.
P.S. The stone crabs were DELICIOUS ! ! !