Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Encouraged

I had a good visit with the cancer doc this afternoon, proving that the skies are not cloudy all day, every day. The good news is that I will be discontinuing chemotherapy for at least a couple of months. Sixteen months on the chemo is long enough, and I am very much looking forward to the break.
Don't misinterpret this as meaning the cancer has gone down. Overall, it has continued a gradual and fairly uniform increase over the past 12 months (unless I am taking the steroid dexamethasone). What it means is that the cancer isn't too bad and I am just going to take a break from the treatment once this cycle is complete later this week. In a couple of months, Carol and I will go to the Mayo Clinic for my 4 year stem cell transplant check up, then go back and see the local cancer doc on August 30.
As always, thanks for the prayers, encouragement, friendship and support!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Update

I went to see the cancer doc today. The cancer has been slowly creeping upward over the past few months, since December, but he says I am doing real good, and am in good shape for a cancer patient. He loves that I am still swimming 3 times a week at a good distance and pace. 
Although I am doing fairly well, the doctor wants me to continue on maintenance dosing of chemo (what I refer to as the "lukewarm" approach to fighting cancer, neither hot, nor cold, nor much of anything else). I was disappointed to not check out of (and leave) the Hotel California on this visit, and I think that I kind of irritated and annoyed my good friend the cancer doc with constant questions and referrals to data and logic, and general lack of understanding to this approach of fighting cancer. In light of the many I know who are in much more dire circumstances of cancer than I, I have much for which to be thankful and should be ashamed for my lack of gratitude.
I appreciate all of you for your friendship, support and prayers.