Saturday, April 2, 2011

Journey here continued

After receiving the blood transfusion, the doctor noted the lack in growth in my white blood cell count. She quickly explained to me that she would be running a bone marrow biopsy on me to check for any abnormalities. Bone marrow biopsy I thought!!! What is that, is it going to hurt?? The day came for the procedure, Ivan was with there with me. I saw it as a practice for him for child labor hahaha! The procedure called for her to stick a needle all the way down to my bone, numb the area, and take another needle to remove a sample from inside my bone. Turns out, I have pretty hard developed bones, and her attempts to get the sample in that way failed. So she used a drill. The procedure was kinda hilarious though, Ivan commented that the doctor would stand up and wipe her sweat from her forehead and say" you have very strong bones" " you have very strong woman!!!!" I thought it was funny and told her everyone always commented that I was strong for my size ;) I used whatever strength I had to push my back towards her to make it easier to collect the sample. Finally it was over, she had it!! All in all the biopsy took about 45 minutes. I rested and couldn't move for half an hour. When the results came back it was clearly stated to me that there were no white blood cells being produced in my bone, it was completely dry. The final diagnoses came on Thursday March 31, 2011 ( Cesar Chavez day of course, si se puede!!) I was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic (lymphoblastic) leukemia. The doctor began to have arrangements to start my chemotherapy the very next day.
I didn't know what to think when I found out, I out of all people had cancer??...I always thought I lived a healthy life, I'm young, but I slowly began learning and accepting that this can happen to any of us. I've made my efforts in transferring any bad thoughts into good energy, continuing to tell myself that God never gives any of us more than we can handle. And if God picked me to go through this difficult experience it's because he knows I am strong, capable, and wants to only give me more power and strength!! I feel special now, and I know that me undergoing this experience will serve in giving me more will power than ever and confidence that I can and will do anything I set my mind to!! So it's set, I'm going for an attack on this cancer!! Going to kick this thing in the ass(excuse my language) and send it right back where it cam from!! I will be writing, or at least attempting to write everyday about how I'm feeling with the chemo, funny stories, thoughts I have, prayer requests, and so on. So hop on and join the ride, because it's gonna be a RIDE!! ;) thank you for following!!


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  2. Go Patty Go! :) This will all be a faint memory soon. You'll be better in no time!!! I told Suzy I want to come by and we should all make vision boards(boreds). :) They're super cool! And i've been wanting to make one for the longest time but I didn't have anyone to do it with. So hopefully I dont bug you but I want to stop by again. And if you need anything let me know!! :) I live nearby.

  3. I'm down Helen! Thanks for the gifts again u are too too sweet!!

  4. Patty you are such a strong woman! I'm glad your are in such good spirit. You just made me realize that there is so much more, than the silly things I been worried about, but we sometimes take life for granted. As you said, this is a roller coaster ride, at the end you will get off, talk, smile and laugh about your journey. I'll be praying for you. Take care.