Saturday, June 30, 2012

First round of surveillance=check!

I had my first appointment with my OBGYN on Thursday to start my surveillance of my ovaries. It was a piece of cake. I wasn't surprised to hear that everything is perfectly fine and normal though I was happy to hear it! The tech did an internal ultra sound to check out how my ovaries looked and then the Dr. reviewed the pictures and gave me the all clear. We discussed resuming birth control after my mastectomy in the fall. Birth control is not a good idea when you have breast tissue as estrogen feeds cancer but it is a way to reduce your ovarian cancer risk. So, once I have no more breast tissue, I can resume that to give myself that extra benefit. Some people do what is called a CA-125 blood test which can measure (not too accurately) the changes on your hormones that have to do with issues with your ovaries. My Dr. said because it isn't very accurate and often gives false positives, she wasn't sure it was necessary for me at this point. We will re-visit when I am 35 and just hope by then there is a more accurate test available. I explained to her that removing my ovaries would not be of consideration for me until I am at least 40. She was ok with that. So, overall it was a great appointment that caused me almost no worries. I think I can handle doing that every 6 months.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer plans.

Ok, so I've been out of work for a few days and I feel like I need to make some plans for my summer. Or else it'll be gone in a blink of an eye!
1. I need to do my allergy shots more often. My allergies are out of control and I don't like it! I have no excuse as I administer them myself. Just lazy.
2. Need to schedule my OB appointment with ultra sound to check out my ovaries. Fun, right?
3. Drink more water! At school I drink so much water but this week I haven't been and I am not sure why but I've had a lot of bad headaches. Perhaps the combo of not enough water, 100 degree heat and allergies.
4. Run more. During the last week of school my workout schedule got out of whack and I am just getting back on schedule. Run more = 3-4 times a week. I did just get new shoes so I have no excuse!
5. Get in at least one yoga class a week. I am great about lifting and strength training but I need to do yoga too and I like it. Its just fitting it all in. One of my yoga teachers is a BC survivor that I just saw at the gym today, teaching already! She just had her bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction and she is back and strong as ever (and looks great too!).
6. Back to healthy eating. Oatmeal for breakfast, fruit and yogurt for lunch, and a reasonably healthy dinner with my family. I cannot eat 3 meals of what I want anymore.
7. Have fun with my adorable children and soak up every moment as a summer stay at home mom! 

Ok, that sounds like a good start!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Schools out for summer. . .

Well....almost. I still have a few days to work next week and then I can truly celebrate! It has interesting year. The past few months haven't been my finest moments as a school counselor, mom, or wife and I can only hope at one point I'll be able to put this all behind me. I know it is not going to be happening soon as my surgery is in a few months but at some point in my life, I hope to have some closure and be able to not have this hanging over my head.

My very close friend STILL doesn't know her results. Her phone rang the other day in the teachers lounge and she showed me the number (it was her OB's office) and my heart almost stopped and I could feel the tears coming. I feel so worried for her and what this news will bring her. The results were not in, which was super annoying as it has been 2.5 weeks since she was tested. I had hoped that she would find out during the school year so I could be there for her if the news should be bad. Lets just hope that the news is good and that we can go celebrate when we find out. Fingers crossed.

My summer plans include a lot of time with my cute children and wonderful husband, time at the gym, running, maybe a little biking?, relaxing, pool, mountains, beach, and just enjoying life. If I worry too much about what is to come...going back to work, surgery, etc., then I won't be able to truly enjoy the time I have with my wonderful family. So, here is to enjoying every minute I can with the 3 most important people in my life!