Friday, September 27, 2013
The journey continues. I had my fourth R-CHOP cocktail infusion yesterday and as expected today I am wiped out. This will come back to normal in a couple days. I continue to see how each day has its own personality and none are the same two days in a row. Weird.
So far, I have had no real physical difficulties with the treatments. My son takes me his job sitting beside me and treating me like royalty. I would be lying if I said I didnít like the care he gives me and his mom.
I will admit to be down in the dumps last night. Dave and I met with the oncologist prior to the R-CHOP cocktail infusion. I had had a PET scan last Monday and he was not really overjoyed with some of the results. The cancer cell count has been significantly reduced (A good thing) but he was really disappointed that the size of the affected lymph nodes has not reduced at all. (A bad thing) There are only two nodes in play and that is really a good thing. Had any nodes above the waist line been involved, it would have been classed as stage IV I believe I mentioned in my first blog that the description of the lymphoma I have is LARGE B CELL. This is an extremely aggressive subset of the hundreds of lymphomas. Before my first meeting to get the results of the biopsy I asked him, What if I elected not to receive chemotherapyĒ His answer, you would have 6 months to live. That certainly made the decision easy to say YES.
I was so befuddled on the way to get the results, I ran into a car in the left turn lane. Was not a happy moment.
Nether Dave or I could tell if he was being protective for me or if this could be something a lot more serious. He did talk about the possibility of additional treatments but was not specific as to the nature of the treatments. He is normally an open book and that is why I was a sad case last night. But, with the dawn, a new light shines and I am more determined than ever to meet this beast and decimate him.
This about sums it all up for now. BTW, there is a new IPhone app titled FOCUSONLYMPHOMA published by the Lymphoma Research Foundation that is extremely informative and detailed. Should anyone like to learn more about the many blood cancers contained within the Lymphoma category and ITíS FREE!! Just search for the title in the Apple app store and download it.
I am sure he will have another PET scan and I will know a lot more in 6 weeks and will post another update.
Thanks for listening and huge thanks for all the positive responsed I have received.
SP is wonnerful, wonnerful. (Remember who always said that on his TV show?) Let me know who you think it is.
Chao for now.