She told me that she has been working with a physicist to create the radiation fields that they will be using for my treatments. She started the conversation with, "This never happens...." As you know, for me, it doesn't matter if it "never happens". It somehow manages to happen.
Basically, they are having problems because of my implants. I'm not trying to be crass or overly personal, but because of the size and closeness of my implants, the radiation field that hits my chest wall isn't hitting correctly.
So, we are looking at 2 possibilities, neither one is ideal.
1.) Replace the implants with smaller ones so that the my chest wall can be reached. This would mean more surgery/recovery before starting.
2.) Leave my chest wall out of the radiation field, and just radiate my armpit and clavicle area. This means that there would be greater chance of recurrence on my chest wall. Chest wall recurrences are not life threatening, but hey, a recurrence is a recurrence.
When we hung up, the doctor was going to call my plastic surgeon and see if switching out my implants is even a possibility. I don't know if it is, or not. So, she is supposed to let me know something once they've figured out a solution. She did tell me not to come on Monday, unless I hear back from her. She said this is going to take some time to decipher because she's never seen it before.
So, there you have it.
Even in this, I bless His name. I give Him honor. I give Him praise. I know that He has ordained every step of this. I know that He is in control. And, our faith will not be shaken. If it means more surgery, so be it. I'm tough. I can handle another surgery. If it means, that we can't radiate my chest wall, then that is not news to the Lord, and it changes nothing about my life, health, or future. Those things are secure in His hands.
Please pray with us through this.
Love you all. Each one.