Her work allows for up to 84 sick days. She is using 42 of those for her surgery (since her doctor told her it can take 6 weeks to heal from it). She plans to go back to work around the middle of September and will have 42 more of the sick days to use for when she really needs them -- or she might take one more week of sick-leave for when she begins the chemo (to see how things go).
She will also have to have a cat scan to see if cancer is elsewhere, but that isn't scheduled yet.
Plus, they will also be inserting a probe in her chest that she'll have to wear for the five months of the treatment. But before they can insert that, she has to be off of pain medicine (and some other medications) for 5 days. The other night, however, her back got to hurting so badly that she had to take a pain pill. Her doctor told her that the pain was because of her surgery.
Helen is trying to take one step at a time, beginning with healing from her surgery.
She had mentioned to me of two others at her work who had also gone through this same treatment. One had breast cancer, and the other had cancer at Stage 4. Both of them were cured, but the treatment can make you feel pretty bad. Helen was told by one of them that "by the time you get feeling better [about 3 weeks], it's time for another treatment." But I would think it would effect different people differently, and I sure hope it will go well for Helen.
Again, I solicit the prayers of all who are Christians for my sister. Thank you.