Echo and Ultrasound Update 

I had another echocardiogram and ultrasound yesterday. It was my six week follow up for each.

Echo was good. Heart was squeezing just fine and there was no extra fluid. The tech was great, as usual, and they had a new bed in there. It was comfy. Process was the same as the last. My blood pressure was randomly low, but it seemed to be a fluke. 

Ultrasound was great! JP was barely detectable, and that’s just after two treatments! 

I met with Dr JB’s Physician’s Assistant (PA), M. We talked a little about surgery options. I will still need to have some kind of surgery after the chemo is complete because, while the mass may shrink to nothingness, some tissue will still be left and it can grow back. So, at the very least, they need to remove the remnants through a lumpectomy.

If I have a lumpectomy, it’s still highly likely that the cancer will return, so I’ll need to be monitored through frequent mammograms and MRIs…pretty much forever. 

Another option is mastectomy, which is the full removal of the breast tissue, single or double. With single, the other side will still have to be watched. Double, the chances of recurrence are drastically reduced. Also, with mastectomy comes reconstruction, which can/would be done at the same time, and can be done using belly fat rather than implant materials. 

There would also be some node removal, somewhere in there. I’ll have more info on that at my next appointment in November, when I meet with Dr JB and the plastic surgeon for a consult. 

Some of this will depend on what the genetic testing says, too, so I’m not in a hurry to make a decision. I need more facts. But honestly, I’m leaning towards whatever will significantly reduce my future cancer risk, because I would love to not have to go through chemo again. That would be great! That’s sort of my guiding light at this point.

Anyway, I’m still hanging out in bed. I’ve been up for a while, reducing my phone battery to 55% from all the playing I’ve been doing for the last few hours. I feel good, it’s been a great week! Of course I’ve still had some moderate diarrhea, but at least it wasn’t like the lava of last week (thank you, liquid Pepto!). 

My new favorite gif, by the way…

If you haven’t seen bridesmaids, it’s worth it for Melissa McCarthy. 

Anyway, I’m just getting myself hyped up to clean and make some sliders for the football game today. 

Go Cocks!

Have an awesome weekend!

8 thoughts on “Echo and Ultrasound Update 

  1. Sarah MHiggins October 28, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Love hearing good news! Jennifer, you are amazing! Thank you for sharing this journey.

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  2. Kerry Bate October 28, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Let me get this straight: there is a surgery that turns your belly fat into the boobs of your choice?! 😘

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    • Jennifer Elkins October 29, 2017 / 12:56 am

      Yep! Pretty interesting. And better than artificial implants, I suppose.

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      • Kerry Bate October 29, 2017 / 2:58 pm

        Let me know if you need a belly fat donor who is a close genetic match!!

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  3. Debbie Tassa October 28, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    👍🏻Go Jennifer! Happy you had great test results & a good week. Enjoy the happiness!
    💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

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