Thought I would introduce you to my dream team! You may not know who’s all involved in the treatment of a cancer like this. Obviously, each diagnosis is different and requires various therapies and providers – but here is my squad:
Dr. Joseph Valentino– Surgical Oncologist. Dr. Valentino is the surgeon who found the mass (bonus points) and initiated the whole process. He will perform an abdominoperineal resection (APR) with permanent colostomy after my chemo-radiation is complete.
Dr. Raed Al-Rajabi– Medical Oncologist. Dr. Al has created a chemotherapy treatment plan and will closely monitor me with clinic visits, lab work, and periodic scans as I progress (strike that, bad word)… move through treatment. I will also have close follow up with him after treatment is complete.
Dr. Xinglei Shen– Radiation Oncologist. Dr. Shen has planned out the approach for my radiation treatments by taking several scans to determine where to target the doses of radiation.
Dr. Annie Jewell– Gynecology Oncologist. Dr. Jewell did a laparoscopic oophoropexy to move my ovaries out of the way of radiation. She won’t be following the rest of my treatment but she’s awesome so she’s still squad 🙂
Camden Norris– Private Duty Nurse. Camden will be there every day, all day, for like 70 more years to do whatever I need. He’s specifically trained in humor therapy, back rubs, and movie/TV accompaniment.
Evelyn and Harrison Norris– Professional Distraction/ Inspiration Experts. Evelyn and Harrison are highly skilled in the art of distraction and giggles. They have magical powers to keep their parents smiling and to help get through any challenges.
I feel so very fortunate to have the support and love I have from the rest of our family and friends. I’ve had amazing meals (which has proven to Camden even more that I’m a kitchen failure- haha), beautiful cards, visits, handmade gifts, cleaning services, personal training services, gift cards, friends that follow me to daycare to lift my kids in the car… I mean the list does. not. end. You guys are really outdoing yourselves and I’m just getting started. I really don’t know how to express our thanks – but thank you, from the bottom of our hearts- thank you. We are humbled.