Let’s just start with I’m overwhelmed. About everything. I met with my surgeon this morning. My case was discussed at their tumor board meeting last night. Once again my scans were inconclusive. That has a lot of meanings, but basically, they only have some idea what I look like on the inside. But he does still feel confident with moving forward with surgery and that he can get the disease.
My surgery is scheduled for January 20th. It is an extensive and invasive surgery. It will be 8-10 hours. I will be in the hospital for 7-10 days. There are lots of possibilities in what will specifically be done once they open me up. For those of you who are curious and want to know more, it is a cytoreductive and HIPEC surgery. You can google it. Please read reputable sources and not crap like WebMD. My surgeon is Dr. Mogal at the MCW/Froedtert Cancer Center if you want to look him up. I have, obviously, done a lot of reading on him, his experience and his research. I will reiterate that I, and my family, completely trust him. He explained a lot to me today and it was useful information.
I will be off work from 6-8 weeks. But it will take 3-6 months to get back to my baseline quality of life. As with the last surgery, they want me to be mobile and walking. It will be a lot harder to do this in February than it was in August. I foresee circles around my house.
My next two weeks are filled with pre-operative appointments. They have to check all kinds of things. I am, thankfully, done with chemo at this point. It’s so nice to be more than two weeks post-chemo and to not be going back in for more. My body and my brain need this break.
On a positive note, I had a great Christmas and New Year’s with friends and family.
As always I am open to questions and will answer what I’m comfortable with answering.