Not what I expected.
(See Update Below)
For the past month I've been having headaches. I didn't think too much of them until a bad migraine last week and then just continued headaches throughout the week. Yesterday it was bad. I felt that my head was going to explode! A couple times I could feel my head throbbing.
So I finally called the doctor, and the nurse said that although it's probably just my body adjusting to all my running and exercise, we'd do an MRI of my brain just to make sure and put myself at ease.
Well, it's not something I can just brush off. The doctor who read the scan (it was late at night so it wasn't my regular oncologist), told me that there's a 1 1/2 inch spot on my brain. That's what's causing all the pain. They gave me steroids to relieve the pressure. It feels better. But I was up all night last night.
I will probably have the lesion biopsyed or removed entirely.
I know nothing else, except that if it's the triple negative variety breast cancer mestasticized to my brain, then that's not really good. If it's a totally separate kind of cancer, that's actually better news apparently. Or maybe it's just some cute little adorable dot just decorating my brain...I heard that's the latest style!
I'll update when I have more info.
So here's the deal. After my oncologist and general surgeon looked at the report, they said it's most likely cancer.
You're probably wondering how that can happen if I just had a scan that said I was all free and clear....well, what I thought was a full body scan, was only a scan in the breast and chest area. They only do the whole body if there are other symptoms. I didn't know that obviously. With my cancer being Triple Negative breast cancer, and being so aggressive, I'm surprised that they didn't do an entire scan. Needless to say, I'm not happy about that, but oh well.
I will have a PET scan tomorrow, that will scan me from my knees to my neck (they don't need to do my brain since the more precise MRI was completed yesterday). I sure hope no cancer in my tippy toes appears, since apparently that area will be bypassed.
Then on Friday I will meet with a neurosurgeon. He'll read the scans and then we'll decide a plan of action from there. If the tumor can be removed, then that will be the plan, along with radiation. If not, I will just have radiation.
I have no idea when I'll have the surgery, or where I'll even have it. How do you know who the best doctor is? We have the renowned Mayo Clinic nearby, but is that really the best place to go for my situation?
So we obviously need some serious prayer.
On a good note, the steroids are sill working and my head doesn't hurt. On a bad note, they keep me up....I can't sleep. But on a good note again...with my new found steroid induced energy, I'm being very productive!