Shellie’s journey with breast cancer

—Third in a series

[Editor’s Note: On Jan. 10, 2017, Shellie Gossman found out she had breast cancer. She is sharing her journey with Times Plain Dealer  readers.]


CRESCO - I have finished week 12! I can’t believe it has been 12 weeks since I really started this. As I have said before it is going pretty fast. 
I meet with my general surgeon and my plastic surgeon. We have a tentative surgery date set up for July 19. They throw so much information at you that your head is just spinning; it’s a good thing that they do a general summary of your appointment and put it in your file. I am going to Mayo Clinic and they have an online portal that you can sign up for. From that they have your upcoming appointments, as well as every appointment summary there. They also have every test you had done available for you to look over. It is nice to be able to go back and see what they said, because one thing I have learned so far is that chemo really affects your memory. Some days I am totally lost!
The last two weekly treatments have been the same. The side effects have been the same although the neuropathy seems to have gone away. That is a great thing. 
I am getting more scared of the next treatment plan though. I really do not like not knowing what is going to happen to my body. What side effects will I have?  Will I throw up more? 
I hope that when I start this next round that my vision stops being funny. Every now and then my vision will get very blurry. One of the side effects I cannot wait to get rid of is having no taste. Nothing has a taste. I can taste some spicy foods. 
I thought my insurance company was being very good about covering all this until I noticed they weren’t covering anything! At all! It was all going to Out of Network. 
I had to have my local doctor and his nurse do tons of paperwork for me. They were wonderful, and we got everything all covered now! What a weight off my shoulders. 

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