I started to open this post with a terrific quote by Chuck Swindoll but decided against it for fear that it would make it sound like I’m about to die. In order not to scare everyone, I’ll start by sharing the good news that the CT scan showed that the tumors in my right lung and lymph nodes have only gotten a tiny bit larger. That may not seem like good news, but it is good that they’re still very well under control.
Having gone the slow and steady route for a bit, Dr. Ghiravi wants to get a little more aggressive in our approach. It will probably come as no surprise that I’m totally on board with that plan.
I am scheduled to see oncology radiologist Nilesh Patel on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of radiating the tumor in my right lung. If I do have radiation, Dr. Ghiravi says it shouldn’t be anywhere near as bad as the radiation I had for my colon. Not near as many treatments and little if any side effects. I’ll know more after I meet with Dr. Patel next week.
We’re going to try a regimen of chemo pills one week on and one week off (instead of two weeks on, two weeks off) so that I can get more chemo in my system while hopefully minimizing side effects. We hope the new cycle will eventually allow us to increase the dosage to make treatment more effective. You may recall that I had significant improvement after four rounds of taking six chemo pills a day but had to back it down to four pills a day because of side effects. I’m also going back to Avastin infusions every three weeks instead of every four. Avastin doesn’t seem to affect me too badly, so that shouldn’t cause any problems.
I feel very good about the plan. I’m energized and ready to move forward.
Now, here’s the quote I loved so much:
“Only Christ can satisfy, whether we have or don’t have, whether we are known or unknown, whether we live or die. And the good news is this: Death only sweetens the pie! That alone is enough to make you laugh again.”
Living and laughing,