Short story: Still don't know if I need chemo. Should know in 10 - 14 days.
Long story: My FISH test was negative, which is good. However, she wants me to get the Oncotype test done. (see the March 1 post for information on the tests.) This will be the definitive answer on whether or not I get chemo. I've signed up for yet another study. This one is sponsored by the ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group). If my Oncotype score is less than 10, I will NOT get chemo. If the score is greater than 26, I WILL get chemo. If it is between 11 & 25, the computer will randomize me to determine if I get chemo or not.
For more info, kick it here --> http://www.breastcancer.org/research_chemotherapy_012606.html.
Misc information: All y'all (that is a nod to Andy G. who, bless his heart, just couldn't quite grasp the concept that all y'all is the plural of y'all, but I digress) have been asking about what I can and can not do.
- I have resumed the majority of my daily activities - working, shopping, cooking, driving, etc.
- I am almost back to normal. I tend to run out of gas around 10 pm or so and sleep on average 9 hours a night. My incision is healing nicely.
- Yes, I can stitch, but I haven't had much time to devote to it. You see, my parent's 50th wedding anniversary EXTRAVAGANZA is this weekend. We have 4 parties in 3 days. Relatives and friends are coming from Chicago, California, New York, Oregon, even Germany for the event. I will be having 7 cousins of various sorts staying at my house for the weekend. In addition, I will be hosting a luncheon on Saturday for about 35 people. So my time has been spent getting ready for the party.
- I am not yet traveling because of all the Dr appointments and such.
Again, thanks so much for all the cards, emails, food, flowers and plants. It is greatly appreciated. I can't say it enough, I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends and family.