Early Morning Phone Calls
I received two early morning phone calls today. The first at 6:30am was from MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Kaiser does not cover patients going out-of-network, so I was first informed of the necessary deposit... $25,097 before my first appointment. That sparked some anger. Why would I pay $25K to go across the country and be told I am not a candidate for their fertility sparing technique? The center director, who was VERY nice and understanding, explained that any money not used would be returned to me if I wanted to forgo treatment there. I'm not sure what the cost is, but if I decide to pursue a second opinion from them, I would have to pay for the pathologist to test my slides, the radiologist to read my PET scan and the Doctor for his physical exam and time. I thanked her for her time and said I would call her after we talked to Stanford. While I am expecting to pay the same amount of money, I prefer to be closer to home. Then at 7:30am, I received a call from my oncologist’s office. He wants to see me at 10:30am today. No word on what the appointment is about, so my mind is left to wonder. Do doctors ever call you in for good news? He has the results of my PET scan which will show if the cancer has metastasized to other areas of my body. Only time will tell me if he has good news or bad news. I just have to figure out what to do for the next 2.5 hours before the appointment. My mind is not at rest. For those friends and family around me lately, I’m sorry if I am acting angry towards you. I’m angry at my body and don’t know how to navigate through the feelings of anger, fear and anxiety.
9/12/2011 03:46:33 am
I love you girly and am here for you every step of the way... even if that step is from Africa. Stay strong... you will get through this!!! <3
9/12/2011 04:30:05 am
My thoughts are with you today, Britni. I hope your news is good.
9/12/2011 06:08:58 am
Britni, I know this all seems very, very strange. I had my 1st of many PET scans at 58 and it was surreal for me even then. Medicine is and can be a miracle. My thoughts will be with you every day as you fight this battle. xoxo Judie
9/12/2011 09:44:06 am
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this journey. Hang in there - you are going to be just fine. Let me know if you I can help in any way.
9/12/2011 11:06:15 am
Hey, I've been thinking of you all day and hope that things went well. You have an entire gang of menopausal women (myself included) at your disposal should you need us to storm the doctor's offices and get you the help you need. They won't want to see a bunch of us "hot-flashing, mood-swinging" women at their doorstep.
9/12/2011 01:15:30 pm
Hey there, Britni! I have been cheering for you all day (and week)long and praying for you and your medical folks--docs, nurses, lab technicians, medical secs, everyone--this is a TEAM effort--including all of us at Catta Verdera who love you dearly. If you need a listening ear, I am here--anything else, as well--With faith and hope for you, Susie
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