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Friday, December 28, 2018

Cycle 4 Infusion

Cycle 4 was cut and dry. It's kind of routine now. It's sad for cancer treatment to be routine in a person's life, but that's how it goes. It's also made me realize that most of the complaints I hear from other people are trivial and irrelevant. Sometimes I think "try doing that with cancer like I do". It's crazy scary every time, knowing that each infusion I have can kill me on the spot. That's how experimental drugs work, though, and immunotherapy at that.

I was fortunate to have Mason, a wonderful new friend, go with me. On the way home I thanked him again and mentioned that it might have seemed silly to him for me to want someone there for that. He exclaimed that he understood completely, and any normal person would want someone supportive around for that. It sort of validated my fears, coming from a person who is not related to me or hasn't known me for 30 years. I believe that when someone goes to a chemo infusion with a cancer patient, they come out a different, better person. It shows them the reality of what is happening. It helps put their problems in perspective.

This cycle will involve weekly trips for labs and twice on week one. The good part of this is that all cycles after this will only involve the infusion, with no extra trips for labs. My next CT scan will be when Cycle 5 starts in 3 weeks. The doctor said that if the cancer is not shrinking, the scan will give us an idea of how fast it is growing. She said in the meantime to keep focusing on my greater quality of life due to not having so many side effects, like before. And even though the treatment has not worked does not mean it won't. The nature of immunotherapy is that it can start working at a later point.

I'm still terrified. FIGHT ON!
trying to read amid all the blood draws

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Fort Benning, GA

I was able to travel to Fort Benning to watch a great friend graduate from Basic Training. It was a big deal to make this trip to watch all the soldiers graduate. The place is beautiful. The tanks were spectacular. The families and graduates were elated!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Cycle 3 of Clinical Trials and CT Scan Results

Well the scan results were not so good. The cancer has grown. This is very distressing, but there is nothing we can do about it. The doctor suggested we continue with the treatment and finish out the trial. I don't know what will come after that. For the time being I just continue to go about my life as before.

We went ahead with my third infusion. I was there on a Thursday this time, so that I could have my lung biopsy on Friday. I found out that Thursday is the busiest day. My goodness. The place was full of people in every waiting room and lounge.

My lung biopsy was on Friday. It was not as painful this time as is was before. Maybe she didn't have to go as deep this time or something. The whole trip was exhausting, with a lot of activity. It's good for it to be over and be back home.

My mom and stepdad were with me this time. And it was so cold outside on this trip.

P.F. Changs