My view...driving back from Vegas... I hate this drive.
So the trip to Vegas was a success. I went to two oncologist appointments with my mom, and I learned lots about cancer, treatments, and next steps for my mom.
Both doctors said basically the same thing...that she was incredibly lucky that the cancer was discovered so early, and that she is recovering well from the surgery (the good news). Unfortunately, there's a lot doctors don't know about lung cancer, and especially about courses of treatment for lung cancer that is caught so early as my mom's was. Most lung cancers are so deadly because there are no symptoms until the cancer is pretty advanced, and for those cancers, usually surgery is not an option because it has spread so far beyond the lung. Typically the course of action is Chemo or radiation, or some combination.
BUT in cancers such as my mom's case, neither radiation or Chemo has proven to be effective. So for now, they'll continue to monitor and to CAT or PET scans every four months to see if the cancer returns...and IF it does...where...
What I liked is that both doctors really encouraged my mom to get back to living her life... I hope my mom takes this advice. I liked how one of the oncologists said she was a great believer in our own immunity system to fight off disease and how living a healthy, happy, full life is part if that.
Encouragement for us all.
The OTHER thing I did in Vegas (besides sit in waiting rooms) was exercise. As I mentioned in my last post, we stayed at the Red Rock Casino, which was a pretty nice fitness room.
On Tuesday, I did 60 minutes on the elliptical machine. Then yesterday I did 45 minutes on an exercise bike (10 miles...woot!) and then 30 minutes more on the elliptical. Boy! Was THAT ever BORING. The good news is that my PF and Achilles are having less and less pain.
Then, for about the first time in two or three years, we (Walter, DramaGirl, Turbo, and I) went down to The Strip. I have loads of photos, but I'll post them tomorrow. I'm writing this from the road, and those pix are on my laptop.
Ok...so now I've got to start threatening my kids, who are starting to bicker (of course they are...we're almost home...)
I hate this drive...
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