OK, so, at this point I am going in for a re-excision for cleaner margins on Monday, and then have a CT and Bone scan the following Tuesday. THEN, the following Wednesday-Saturday - Kalamazoo! Thank god(dess)(e)(s) I get to do something completely academic for a few days...! I will likely begin chemo at the end of May - four rounds of Taxere and Cytoxin. Following that with 35 rounds of radiation and - bimbaddabing, hopefully the crap is gone for good. unfortunately, not soon enough to get me to my doctoral work sooner than 2012 Fall Term - but I remain VERY hopeful that I will get to that point still sane and ready to go!!
This whole thing just SUCKS. It sucks more than anything I have ever had to go through, not least of all because of everything else that happened during this application season. The universe really does have a sick, sick, twisted sense of humor. But in the end, as I told my husband, I WILL have my PhD, if I am gasping my final breaths on life support while finishing up my dissertation. I won't be deterred by cancer or anything else, I've gone through too much to get here.
I will try to get in here (this blog) periodically to update any interested parties, but I am likely to go long stretches between posties. I therefore recommend that if you want to follow this ordeal more closely, you frequent my "official" blog, http://caridwen.wordpress.com/ which is updated with much more regularity than this one at present.
Hang in there, and best of luck to those currently enrolled and those going in next fall - I'm mad with jealousy, but also very excited for you!!!