taking care of bidness

Went to see my liver surgeon and the oncologist this afternoon and the results from the first round of chemo are just so encouraging that they decided to forgo surgery and schedule me for another round of six chemo infusions. Yay.

The thought is that i can continue shrinking these tumors to a point where my left half of my liver could be saved with minor surgery instead of going in today and taking the whole half out.  There’s a big mass right beside an artery that runs through it which could be a lot easier to deal with if it were just that much smaller.

Seeing the print outs of my recent CT scan was a lot less scary than seeing my initial state back in September and comparing the two was very encouraging to say the least. So my recent CT scan got canceled as well as my upcoming consult with my colon surgeon, because I don’t need to see him quite yet. He’s already tattooed my colon where he needs to cut in case my ‘mothership’ disappears altogether, so he’s ready to come along for the ride whenever the liver surgeon is ready.

Initially I was bummed for not going under the knife sooner rather than later, but since I continue to drink chemo like it’s slightly dirty dishwater – and get roughly the same side effects – I am not discouraged at the prospect of having six more infusions before surgery commences.

My oncologist is going to throw another bag of chemo into the mix – guess I’m just not spending enough time in the clinic – so the treatment is going to get more aggressive but I can handle it. TCB in a flash, baby.



So I will have to look forward to surgery sometime in the spring. Cancer takes its time to die, I guess. I respect that.

15 thoughts on “taking care of bidness”

  1. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” – Cayla Mills

    Eric, you continue to take this on in a way I didn’t know was possible. You are not fearful, but strong. You are an inspiration. I love you so much!

  2. You’re a mother fucking beast!! Sorry if this is a family friendly site but I think it has to be said.
    Lots of kisses from Wyoming.

  3. This is such great news! I know it’s no fun staring at 6 more rounds of chemo – but it will bring you that much closer to C- free. Tremendous!!

  4. Great to hear your progress. Sounds like you are in good hands. Good to hear the surgeons are not in a hurry. It is certainly God’s plan; not ours.
    My colon tumor has shrunk considersblely. I’m now on my 5th radiation treatment (of 28) . The chemo regiment has cleared any other suspicious spots in my body. No more iv injections, just Xeloda with the radiation. So far, very few side affects. God bless.

    1. 28 radiation treatments seems like a tough slog, so happy to see you’re responding well with it! your progress gives me hope Uncle Tommy. Keep up the great work!

  5. Awesome news, prayers are being answered!
    We will keep on praying for you Eric for a full recovery.
    Lots of Love,
    Dave and Judy

  6. Great news Eric. It sounds like you have a great team working for you and a great group of friends.
    We love you!
    Millie and Bob

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