On To New Treatments
I am at my cancer center awaiting my final session of the Adriamycin/Cytotoxen chemo combo. I was so nervous about starting chemo… and now I am rather sad to end it. This combo was aggressive and really helped control my (also aggressive) cancer. My last scans were showing me as stable. However, my bone scan is still scary as hell. I had a lesion on my liver that has shrunk considerably. The three tiny mets in my brain were totally blasted away by radiation therapy as was the tumor behind my eyeball. There are still traces of the tumor in my eye, but I was assured it was most likely dead and my bodily systems will eventually dispose of it.
Not only is this my last A/C treatment for now, it is my last A/C treatment for life. I have reached my lifetime limit of this particular poison. I found out that the same applies to radiation near eyes. I think I still have a small amount allowed.
Now, I will move on to either Taxol or Xeloda. These are both oral chemos. I believe they are a little less aggressive than A/C. Which will be kind of nice. A/C is hard on my white blood cells and hemoglobin. I am actually scheduled for a blood transfusion tomorrow night. I will be all sorts of pumped up on Friday. New blood + steroids = crazy active. My house will be spotless for a few days.
On other subjects, I have started to make jewelry again, and because of a neighbor’s cosplay, I am also getting back into my sewing. I love these hobbies and I had quit both of them due to the pain I was in before I was diagnosed two years ago. It feels really good to create things again. I am even making a creating space just for me. If you want to see a small sample of my jewelry, I have some of my pieces displayed in my Etsy shop. I am also currently working on a necklace. I am pretty excited about this necklace. It is really becoming beautiful. I believe that my jewelry kind of creates itself. I am just here to put the pieces together.
This summer has been a very good summer. I completely surprised my husband with a Violent Femmes concert in Portland. My two oldest boys had a fantastic time at Camp Kesem. My littler boys have been learning to swim and have become very good at that. I have connected with new people who are quickly becoming important to me. I will be ending my summer with a family camping trip, visits with a couple of new friends, and a new deck on the front of my house. I am hoping that a huckleberry-picking trip and another fishing expedition might fit in there somewhere.