By BJ Reyes
Flashback: Thursday, Feb. 7, 1985 (what's this?)
So I guess we start chemotherapy next week.
Got the news today. The way everyone was talking it seemed like it was a foregone conclusion. So the plan is to do five treatments of chemotherapy and then have the big surgery after that. They say this will shrink the tumor and then they will be able to do the transplant with the steel bone to get the tumor out.
I've learned that his has been a lucky coincidence, although it does;t feel very lucky. But the swelling in my thigh was an early sign, so they say they think they caught the tumor in time and I have a good chance of getting through this. So that's good. Chemo supposedly will make me sick and want to throw up. My hair will probably fall out. I guess different people handle it differently.
I'll probably miss a lot of school. I've missed all of this week already and with chemo next week will probably miss all of next week. They say there is a tutor here in the adolescent ward, so someone should be able to help me keep up. Either my brother or sister will stop by my teachers' rooms to get my assignments.
I finally saw the scar from the biopsy, too. It felt like it was my whole leg, but it's only about an inch long. Still swollen, though. They say that's because of the tumor.
It was really weird. They said the biopsy was "positive." At first I thought that was good news, but they told me that means that it tested positive and that the tumor was malignant. Seems to me that they should call that "negative."
I think they're going to send me home for the weekend, though, so it looks like I will get out of here tomorrow. Then we'll come back Monday.
** Found out today that this is the same hospital where the Cleveland Browns get treated. Can't wait till they get to the Super Bowl! I'm sure it will happen soon. The 49ers victory parade looked pretty cool. Cleveland came close a few years ago, but Brian Sipe threw that interception in the end zone. They just had a pretty bad season, but I'm sure they'll come back and make it there some day! **
** - Rose-colored embellishment.