Sunday, April 19, 2009

I'm writing just a short note this afternoon. It seems like only yesterday since my last chemo treatment but incredibly its that time again. First thing tomorrow morning I have to be at the lab. Assuming that my lab work looks okay, and I have no reason to think that it won't, then its on to the chemo room for the main event.

After my last treatment, I came down with strep throat. I didn't really bounce back quite the way I had with treatment #14, due to the infection. It's hard to imagine that tomorrow will herald the arrival of my 16th treatment in this round.

After church today I was asked by at least three separate people if I'm about through with my chemo. It's been a while since I went over my routine, so this might be a good time to review that.

There really isn't an end in sight for chemo. Every other Monday I go in for my infusion. I am then sent home with a chemo pump until Wednesday of that week. I have a CT Scan every 4 - 5 treatments to let us know where we stand. If the scan looks okay then I continue on as planned. If the scan isn't favorable, then we will switch around my routine a bit. The chemo treatments will last as long as I am able to tolerate them and they are effective. At some point of course it will be become too toxic and I will have to have at least a break from the routine. But the longer I can tolerate the treatments the longer I will have with my family.

It's an odd position to be in really. I don't look forward to my treatments. Yet, they are what extends my life. Nasty that they can be I am grateful. Had I been born 100 years earlier, even 50, the outcome would have been very different. I was diagnosed originally in October of 2006, although certainly the cancer had been there for a few years before I was diagnosed. I was Stage Four at diagnosis although nobody realized it at the time. There were "spots" on my lungs at diagnosis. But they were non-reactive on the PET. As it has show itself now, those "spots" were metastasis. So I am 31 months out from diagnosis. In the world of cancer, that's a long time. And I am sincerely grateful for every minute of that time.

I would appreciate prayers for tomorrow. Pray that my numbers look good, I tolerate the treatment reasonably well, continue to eat well, and give praise for the last 31 months.


Linda up north said...

Dear Cindy
You are continually in my prayers. I pray for you and your husband and kids whenever I think of you... Often.. I will pray that you not only continue to tolerate your chemo, but will thrive because of it. God's Peace be with you.

Anonymous said...

Huggs Cindy. Thanks for the brief summary...I can't believe its already been 31 months. Guess I've been too bogged down with my "little" problems when compared to yours. Thabks for opening my eyes. God Bless you , my friend.

Anonymous said...

Praying here Cindy!! you are in my heart and prayers daily and I pray you will have the strength and health to continue on!! love you!!

jewell seprodi
in indiana

Lori said...

Praying for you today.


Bo and Becky said...

Praying for you, Cindy.

Bama Becky

Bo and Becky said...

Praying for you, Cindy!

Bama Becky

Jules said...

You are definitely in our prayers more so today, but always. I'm so sorry you have to endure this every other week. I can imagine that it is a very strange feeling to naturally dread it but also know how important it is to your survival. We will see you soon.

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