Time has gotten away from me as you can probably tell from the date of my last blog entry. Just as a quick update, I’m had a chemo treatment a week ago today and now have a week off to get my body back on track.
I have two more weeks of infusions to go using the same chemical cocktail. Each treatment has been getting harder and has taken longer to recover from. At least I’m not having some of the really bad side effects which would cause the doctors to stop the treatments. As long as my body holds up, I should make it through this first phase. It’s so hard to believe that chemo started in May and I’m now heading into my sixth month.
We’re not sure what will follow this chemotherapy. Carl and I are both planners. We want to know what our options are and what we can expect to happen next. We’ve now heard the same thing from my local oncologist along with the doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering. I’ve had improvements but we have to wait until this course of treatment is over to decide on next steps. Assuming that my body tolerates the next two infusions, I’ll have a CT scan done in October. At that point, we’ll head back to Sloan Kettering for a consult to chart the future. At a minimum, I’ll probably be on more chemo but a maintenance dose with the more toxic chemical taken out and administered less frequently.
During my off weeks, I’m enjoying trips to the beach with Carl and Kristin. (Labor Day Weekend brought Kevin and Tay down, too – such fun!). It’s amazing how therapeutic these visits are. Looking out at the bay with the sun glistening on the water is so calming. Plus, I typically get a burst of energy while we’re down there so off we go for long walks, bike riding, kayaking… all good stuff! Usually we close up the place this time of the year. At most, we take a trip down once or twice in the off season. We’ve never experience the full change of seasons so we’re looking forward to experiencing that this year.
Hopefully, my next post won’t be so far out in time. Until then, thanks for your continuing well wishes and prayers. I so appreciate everything you do to help make my journey easier for me and my family.