The next four to six weeks I am to rest and allow my body to heal from the radiation treatments. The effects of chemo and radiation will last for two to fours weeks after my last treatment. That means I will still have the same side effects: fatigue, cramping, diarrhea, hand foot syndrome, etc. for the next few weeks.
I will see the medical oncologist in three weeks. He will be following my recovery and once he determines that my bowel is sufficiently healed, he will send me to the surgeon and we will schedule surgery. The bowel must be healed completely so that when surgery is performed it will be able to be reconnected at the surgery site without complications. Surgery is the main treatment for my cancer. All these preliminary treatments have been to prevent recurrence after the surgery. When the surgery is complete, and the pathology reports are complete, then the doctors will decide if I need further chemotherapy.
Although I will not be receiving daily treatments now, it is still critically important that you pray for healing. The whole pelvic area, not just the tumor, has been radiated to hopefully kill off any micro-metastases. That means that every organ and tissue in the pelvic area has been effected in some way and needs to rebuild healthy tissue and heal. In order for surgery to be successful, I need to go into it with healthy organs and tissues!
Please pray for the following:
1. Pray for my body to rebuild healthy tissue and cells in the radiation area without any scarring.
2. I have a very small open wound due to the radiation. Please pray that this wound will heal quickly without infection.
3. Please pray for my feet to heal quickly, they are very painful to walk on. In a few days the effects of the chemo on my feet should begin to diminish. Pray that there won't be any permanent damage to the nerves in my feet
4. Please pray that I will have the discipline to rest. I am not a good "rester"!
All my kids are home this weekend! They have definitely lifted my spirits! I love you all and appreciate your caring, your prayers and your encouragement. Please keep it up!