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My First Visit to Memorial Sloan Kettering

Good evening everyone!  It’s been a very long day at Sloan Kettering but I am now in the system, have met my surgeon and oncologist and know that I am in the best of hands.  I was surely hoping that I was going to the hospital today, surgery would be next week, and the doctors would then say have a fun life. 

Unfortunately reality hit the fan and I was very dissapointed initially.  Dr Paul Russo is a darling man with phenomonal bedside manner.   His plan is as follows: 1) It will take ten days to schedule, but a biopsy is essential to determine what kind of cancer cells are present in order to use the correct treatment. 2) Ten days after the biopsy, we should have some idea what kind of cancer I really have. 3) A port will be placed in my chest for chemo since my veins are really tired from all the testing. 4) Even though there is a tumor in my kidney, the kidney is functioning and the lower part is healthy.  Dr. Russo would like to use the kidney to help circulate the chemo, possibly shrink the tumor, and put less stress on the healthy kidney.  5) Hopefully my body will respond to the chemo and I may only lose 1/2 a kidney.  Even though we have 2 kidneys, 1 1/2 is better than just one. 

I am so fortunate that all other organs are working well and unaffected.  We pray that I respond to whatever chemo is necessary and that we have a plan that is working for my specific disease. Needless to say, I need to go to sleep so I can go to work and enjoy my babies tomorrow at school.  Thanks and love to all of you who are caring, praying, and giving me the emotion support to get through each hour.