Monthly Update

These posts have become sort of a monthly thing but I imagine I’ll be posting more frequently as the seasons change, mostly because I’ll be finishing up the current treatment and seeing what’s in store soon. My second and final radioembolization treatment is scheduled for a week from today (26 Sept) and it couldn’t come at a worse time, as I’m quite busy at work with several projects that are to be completed within the month. Oh well. I have a sneaky feeling that the work will still be there when I feel well enough to go back to the office.

I mention that this procedure next week is the final one, because I was told the surgeon is going to split up the dose for the left half of my liver and go in 2 different ways, to account for my wacky blood vessels. So I’m looking forward to not having to do this again after next week. Those 2 hours sobering up in post-op is a real drag, man.

After the procedure, it’s a lot like last time: glow in the dark for a couple weeks, then go in for a check-up to make sure I’m okay,  then wait a few more weeks before doing another scan – evidently the tumors tend to swell up after being nuked and can show up larger than expected temporarily – to gauge how successful the treatment was. I’ve said this before: if I could go on just how I felt to determine my overall health, I’d say I’m making a full recovery. That might be a false hope, however, and I can’t assume anything just because I feel good. My fingers are feeling better too, just a little hint of numbness at the tips. I’d put myself at a solid 95 – 98%, based on how I feel at this point.

Which is why I’m not going to get down on myself if the scans come back and little progress had been made with the radioembolization; if my oncologist recommends I go back on chemo for a while, I’m sure I can easily handle it, for 2 reasons: (1) I’m much stronger than I was a year ago, and (2) I won’t be put on such an aggressive chemo treatment like I had to go through last year and the beginning of this year. I won’t be taking Avastin, the chemo that causes neuropathy. So I’m prepared to do whatever it takes as far as next steps are concerned.

I just got the letter in the mail from my proctologist that it’s time for my annual colonoscopy, yay! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we’ve taken this journey. I’m not sure if it’s been a quick 12 months… parts of it have been fast, other parts (the first 6 months of chemo) seemed to take forever. If there are positive aspects from the last year, one of them would be that I’ve discovered I am much loved, several times more than I initially thought I deserved. And that my wife’s decision to marry me 21 years ago probably saved my life. I can’t do this without her love and your support. Right now I’m as strong as I’ve ever been, and (apart from the ickiness awaiting me next Tuesday and Wednesday) I have no intention of backing off this stuff. I can only hope the scans from this treatment confirm how much better I’ve been feeling. I’ll share the results as soon as I hear them!

Thank you once more for being here with me, hopefully you can tell how much good it’s doing me. Keep walking, the weather will cool off soon!

9 thoughts on “Monthly Update”

  1. Love today’s update brother! It is good to hear how fantastic you are feeling. Stay positive, stay strong, Eric strong!

    Love you!!!

  2. So glad you are feeling almost 100%! You are amazing — your spirit, your determination, your famous (or is it infamous?) sense of humor continue to be an inspiration. Fingers crossed for a good fall!

  3. Happy fall, my friend. Thanks for the update, as always. Maybe you could channel your radioactivity in some kooky Halloween way!!

    Love Polly

  4. You really are amazing! We are so glad you’re feeling good and in great spirits! You’ve got this, Eric!! Happy fall, my friend!

  5. Eric, YOU are the one that is showing us what a beautiful mind over body can accomplish in this life. You are so inspiring – in your corner all the way!!!

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