Friday, April 4, 2014

Chemo 1 (Round 9)

I have to admit that today was the first time in a long time that I was a bit afraid. The scan news was not great and there is no way of glossing it over. What is so weird is that I feel great and people tell me I look great. So what the hell is going on inside me?

My bloodwork was good, the protein in my urine was very normal, my vitals were all good and weight was stable. I was really grateful that Diana and Robyn joined me for this chemo session. Mike was at work :-) The meeting with Dr. Schraeder was fine. We discussed the chemo plans as well as the results of the scans. I will be going back on the Alimta and Avastin combo every three weeks and they will be adding another drug (not chemo) for my bone strengthening. Not that "bone"!!!

I also went for the hip pain injection today after chemo and already feel the relief. All in all, a busy hospital/medical day.

I must pass along my deep gratitude and appreciation for all the continued wonderful support from all of you out there. Without this support the past six years would have been extremely difficult and very lonely. What is it that scares me? Simply put, the permanence of death. But, I'm not planning that for a while!

Carpe Diem.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tomorrow a new battle begins

I had my PET/CT scans done today and the results were not ideal! Forgive me for not elaborating at this time but I will do that soon enough.

After a wonderful 70 day chemo "holiday" I will be starting back on the Alimta and Avastin combo tomorrow. Am I disappointed? Of course I am. Am I surprised? Not hardly. Not with this shit disease.

F*ck cancer and carpe diem.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Upcoming calendar of events

I have my scans scheduled for Thursday April 3rd. I have tentative chemo scheduled for Friday April 4th. I say tentative because if the scans show stable and no spread then I will ask for another couple of months off of all treatment.

In the meantime, my "bionic" hip (right side) continues to do well. However, my left hip has been giving me a sh*t load of pain over the past months. I am really loath to getting another "bionic" hip operation done so in the meantime I'm managing the pain with meds and injections. Oh well!

Carpe Diem.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

And the winner was...

Me! A 14lb tiger fish caught on the Zambezi river near Mongwe, Zimbabwe.

Carpe Diem.

Monday, March 10, 2014

I've gone fishing

I'm here in Zimbabwe after the usual grueling 17 hour flight(s).

I'm gonna do lots of touristy stuff like fishing on the Zambezi river etc etc.

So, Carpe Diem.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Pain? What pain?

In 2007 I had my right hip resurfaced (similar to replaced) due to osteoarthritis. After some initial "complications" it has since worked as advertised thank you. Now my left hip seems to want to join the party. I have been having left hip pain for sometime now but have vowed (sort of) to not have another operation. I have tried different meds but none have been the proverbial Silver Bullet.

So today after having a consult with the interventional radiologist who did my needle biopsy I asked her if she also did pain management injections guided by CT. She said yes as she had just watched the latest video on YouTube. I'm kidding! Seriously, she was able to get me in for the procedure this morning and now here I sit relatively pain free. Even though I realize that this is something that may have to be repeated every two or three months it's better than having the op. I may one day regret having said this. But for now...

Carpe Diem.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

And now for something completely different...

I will not be moving to New York. I am staying in Baltimore for now. Rob will continue her studies (Masters in Occupational Therapy)  in New York and will stay in the apartment on her own. She is fortunate enough to be staying in the same building as Phil and Howard.  

Mike stays with me most of the week but has the luxury of moving between my apartment and Diana's town house. He continues to enjoy his job. 

In the meantime I'm going to enjoy my chemo break and do a bit of traveling. 

Carpe Diem.