I always know when it’s past time to give an update because friends and family start checking in to make sure I’m okay. I appreciate the concern, and I’m pleased to report that everything is going well. I’m continuing the regimen of an Avastin infusion every three weeks and chemo pills one week on, one week off. With that schedule, I’m able to tolerate an extra 500 mg tablet of Xeloda each day, with tolerate being the operative word.
One definition of tolerate is “accept or endure (someone or something unpleasant or disliked) with forbearance; another is “be capable of continued subjection to (a drug, toxin, or environmental condition) without adverse reaction.” My tolerance of the extra Xeloda pill probably falls somewhere in between those two meanings. I’m not without adverse reaction, but the higher dosage is not causing problems that interfere with my daily activities nor is it causing permanent damage, so I’m enduring it even though it’s unpleasant.
It’s funny how the cycle repeats itself. By day six, I start feeling a little blah and achy, my stomach bothers me, and my feet burn like crazy. I begin to think that I won’t be able to keep taking the higher dosage. After a few days without the medicine, I bounce back and convince myself that I’ll be able to do it again. I just finished last week’s pills on Thursday. Today I feel better and ready for another round.
My next scan is not until Oct. 30, so it will be a while before I know how well the radiation worked and how well this new regimen is working. We have to wait for the scan because the radiation continues to work for about six to eight weeks after completion. Here’s hoping for a good report!
Enduring and hoping,
” Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” Romans 5:3-4