Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Dear Friends and Family,
to not have gotten back to everyone sooner with my chemo update. Each
day I intend to write it, and each day gets filled up with other stuff.
started chemotherapy on Monday, Nov. 3. The first session involved me
sitting in a special chair at the oncology center for 4 hours while they
pumped this chemical cocktail into me through the catheter port they
implanted on Oct. 14 under the skin of my chest—which sends it right
into my jugular vein. The mix consisted of Oxaliplatin, Leocovorin,
Avastin, and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Each of these lists several possible
side effects, but no way of knowing which ones I'd experience.
the end of that 4-hour session, they fitted me up with a plugged-in
pump and a pouch of the chemos to continue the flow for another 48
hours. Really awkward to sleep with, I can tell ya! Then I went back on
Wed, Nov. 5, and they took out the catheter and sent me home. I felt
fine up to that point, thinking this is a piece o' cake! But Wed.
evening I started to feel really bad--stomach cramps, woozy in the head,
achy all over, diarrhea (but no nausea, thank the gods!). This got
worse over the next few days, with me feeling like crap all through the
weekend. My whole abdomen felt like it did right after the colon
by Tuesday evening, I was starting to feel better. And today I feel
fine. Next Monday I go back and start the whole thing all over. And this
will continue every two weeks for the next 6 months...
PET scan on Oct. 10 found no indication of any tumors anywhere in my
body, which puts me at Stage 3. This was excellent news, and I attribute
it to all the amazing healing energies that have been pouring into me
from throughout the worldwide magickal community. Thank you! The chemo
is to completely purge any possible lingering cancer cells that might
still be hiding out undetectable in my blood or lymph. My prognosis is
excellent. But I still hafta go through this...
Samhain Blessings to everyone here…