Saturday, November 28, 2009

She's home!

McKenna here...Liz got home yesterday (Friday) and has been pretty tired and having some nausea. She'll update when she's up to it, but she's doing a lot of sleeping right now.  Some trivia knowledge for ya'll while you wait for her words...look up "Just Stand Up" in youtube to see why she picked this song for her blog. :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Update from McKenna

This is McKenna, Liz's favorite sister-in-law. :) She is not able to access the blog from the hospital due to internet security issues, so she asked if I'd pop in and let ya'll know what's been going on.  She had an audiogram and PET scan on Monday and an echocardiogram on Tuesday. She was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and began her chemo treatment around noon on Wednesday. So far, so good, with just a little bit of nausea. She hasn't had much of an appetite today, but was craving some flaming hot cheetos when I left the hospital tonight. They are giving her lots of good drugs to help with the side effects of the chemo drugs, but those have their own side effects, so she's pretty sleepy. She is being so positive and has such a great attitude. I know she's not excited about having to go through this, but I haven't heard one single complaint from her (and she's had plenty she could complain about!) The plan is to go home on Saturday and she will be home for two weeks, and then have three straight weeks of chemo. 

She'll be updating her blog in her own words soon! Keep the prayers coming! She is very grateful for all of the prayers being said, the comments being left, the visitors stopping by, and the text messages sent. I am so proud to be a part of Team Liz! She has some pretty great people fighting this with her!
PS: The comments issue that some of you were having is resolved!  Sorry about that! :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Still a Shock

Hello again! Well as planned, I got my chemo port put in on Wednesday. I did make it to church Wednesday :) On Thursday I met with my new doctor. She went over all the details with my parents while I visited with a 15 year old girl who is almost a survivor of sarcoma ! She is almost done with her journey, so keep Audrey in your prayers!
The plan for now is to start chemo this Tuesday. So what I learned from my new doctor is the layout of chemotherapy. I have to get two cycles. Thats about a 10 week thing. I will have breaks in between treatments so i can feel partly normal :) After those cycles, depending on how well the cancer reacts, will determine the type of surgery I have to get. I will either get a limb salvage or an amputation. After that, depending on how everything goes with the surgery and the first cycles of chemo, that will determine the length and intencity of the next chemotherapy cycles.
Monday I am getting a hearing test and a pet scan. Tuesday morning I'm getting my heart tested. Then I'm guessing I get my chemo. Please pray that the medicine will kick in fast and I won't throw up! Ughh thats the worst! They said to expect for me to be in the hospital for 3 to 4 days.
Well good news right now is my family is celebrating Thanksgiving on Sunday! Today I actually went to my schools lunch and got to see my amazing friends. I also got to visit with my boyfriend. I dont know how he does it but he is so understanding. I'm really trying to take life one day at a time. It difficult because I have a long life ahead of me. Still going into this I get more nervous everyday. I'm trying to stay positive and it helps so much to see how everyone is reading my blog and praying for me. Thank you SOOOOOO much! I think the best thing I'm going to get out of this whole journey is a way stronger relationship with God, family and friends! Keep me and Audrey in your prayers :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Start..

So Friday November 13, I found out that the doctors were 99% sure that I have a cancerous tumor below my right knee. They believe I have what they call Sarcoma. So I had a surgical biopsy yesterday November 16, and they were right on! So they are going to send it off to a lab today and should get it back by the end of the week. So I am staying at the hospital tonight and I will get a chemotherapy port tomorrow during the day. So hopefully I will be attending church Wednesday night! They are expecting to start my chemotherapy next Monday.

Well, besides that, I have some pretty great news! They caught it super early. You couldn't just look at my knee and see somthing is wrong with it. Most people come in when it majorly sticks out. Oh, and the cancer has not spread to my lungs!! That's great news! I am also very young and EXTREMELY healthy.

So going into all of this, I am a little scared but mostly anxious. I know with all the great support I have been receiving, and the power of God with me at all times, at the end of this long journey I will be able to call myself a cancer survivor :)

Keep me in your prayers!