Home from second opinion
HELEN - you are an angel. Thanks for writing. OK - here is the poop I feel more in love with my doctors and my cancer care hospital - NTUH than ever. I found the Cancer Center HUGE, with tons of whistles and bells but NO SOUL. AND, they send out for many procedures to guess where - NTUH. And I ran into my sweet, adorable Dr. Chen yesterday getting updated records for the second opinion meeting-so I had a sonogram with him this morning to check for ascities and admission tomorrow instead of next Saturday. He told me his mom had her brain tumor surgery at NTUH and that's ALL I needed to hear - no MD Anderson, no UCLA, no place else but NTUH - I will ride this home with them. Second opinion guy had GREAT glasses (ha ha), said to take Olaparib if BRCA is positive (after BRCA test which Taiwanese people hardly ever need). I told him to have this exact conversation at MD Anderson would have cost 16,880.00 he could not believe that. Yesterday was 240 NT dollars with my health card (that's about USD $7) It was so embarrassing to talk about USA health care. He and his staff were pretty shocked I do not want to go back to the USA. He also said DO NOT DO CHINESE MEDICINE. Do not do acupuncture cupping. He said it was ok to eat mushrooms but like normal food not in excess to like treat cancer. The emotions of cancer are exhausting - one minute a total grumpy bitch, the next teary eyed self pity, and finally total gratitude like it is CHRISTMAS. I want to find a Winnie the Pooh Bear for my Dr.Chen - he had one on his lanyard - he has 2 daugthers he helps to bursh their teeth - agest 4 and 5. OK your turn. I am always so long winded. PS not sure what he will do tomorrow will let you know. Move on Monday. Start school on Tuesday. Yay! xoxoxox Healthy Now.