Monday, March 7, 2011
Sorry I haven't posted in several days. We had a lot thrown at us the last few days. For those of you who have read my blog for a while, my partner was dealing with stage 3 melanoma about 4 months back and went through a surgery where her lymph nodes were removed from her neck. All has been well. She runs and mountain bikes all the time, has lots of energy and feels good. She goes back every 3 months for pet scans to make sure nothing more has shown up. 3 months ago, something came back on the pet scan around her gallbladder and after an ultrasound, they said it appeared to be polyps and they would monitor them and compare them to the next scan three months later because it's rare for melanoma to go to the gallbladder. A bit more than a week ago, she had another pet scan and we got a call saying there is a 3 cm lesion on the gallbladder (much bigger than before) and there appears to be lymph node involvement with a nearby lymph node. No, no, no. The doctors say they are 90% certain it is melanoma that has metastasized. We are waiting to get scheduled for a surgery consultation. My partner does most of her care holistically (she won't do chemo or radiation and there is no research anywhere showing that it extends life for melanoma patients anyway), but is most likely going to undergo the surgery to remove her gallbladder because it definitely increases chances of survival. So, this is the bad news. I'm hopeful, and if anyone can do it, it's my partner. We would really appreciate it if you keep her in your prayers. I will do my best to keep on blogging and I don't want to make them all about this, but will definitely give updates as things change or happen. In the meantime, we're trying to keep life as normal and routine as possible. The 4 chicks are still good and healthy, the shop continues to come along and the garden should be finished and planted this weekend. Yay! It's the little things in life I never want to take for granted.