This thing has come on so quick and so aggressively that I really almost haven’t had time to think about it. There is a small bit of irony here: when describing the tumor to me the Dr basically said it’s rare and aggressive (hmmmmm)! Sound like anyone you know?
Supposedly, it is approximately 5 inches; located in my gut – where it has penetrated my large Intestine and is close to my urinary track – thus the inability to operate.
My first thought when told I had an inoperable cancer was WTF!
And then told that without Chemo I had three months… Whaaaat?
I mean: I felt healthy, nothing abnormal (except the blood in my movements), no pain, no discomfort – it didn’t seem real.
The Dr then offered six series of three-week Chemo-therapy sessions as pretty much the only option. Supposedly, based on success – this will give me a 25% chance of living four more years. I read that as – one year guaranteed!
I will be re-examined on the 14th of August and should know if anything is working. This means I’ve used up half of my time left. (Downside…) I Obviously am hoping that it will extend the time left.
GOAL No. 1 Spend Christmas with Family
Needless to say; I accepted and in six hours I had a PICC line implanted in my arm (this allows them to draw blood and deliver treatment almost straight to my heart) – amazing when you think about it.
48 hours later I was lying in a private room in the hospital while they administered the first drip (just glucose).
The tests began (every four hours) blood, weight, blood pressure, oxygenation, heart rate, temperature….
And Chemo 24/7 for five days.
Side effects NONE I plan on being the only human being in history to have NO side effects from Chemo.
- Trips to Hospital for blood tests and injections into my gut for Chemo
- Trips to Hospital for more blood tests – no injections.
- Meeting with Dr and scheduled for re-admission for another week of Chemo.
- 1pm on the Friday the 27th of July – the ponytail is now a memory of 30 years.
I’m now going back into the Hospital on Monday morning – since they don’t have any beds for Sunday night.
I am going to the hospital NOW for a Blood Test that will expediate the treatment that will begin in the Day Unit tomorrow, while I await a bed.
Chemo 1 – no nausea, no pain, no radical discomfort – just, the demise of the ponytail!
In case you’re wondering; Yes I did keep it and Yes; I’ve got something up my sleeve – stay tuned!