“Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination”

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A Message from Deep within the Forest “Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination” I don’t mean to use clichés.  And this title isn’t one.  I’m quoting a line from a song by Aerosmith much to my own amusement which I’ll share later. Did I leave you hanging a little in the post about my latest treatment update?  I meant to so that you could understand my perspective.  That’s how my last few weeks have felt to me – hanging uninvolved from a branch in the tree of life! Continue reading

Cann-i-bis-y Myself With This?

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Doctors don’t like self-diagnoses and I can understand why.  Too much information isn’t always a good thing.  They probably have to talk patients out of an affliction before talking them into what’s really the problem.  Double the work.  But… I also believe there’s no harm in researching and asking the questions.  And so I found myself looking up recipes this week.

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Chemo #32 – Progress!

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D-Day.  As I’d promised myself, it’s time to decide whether to abandon treatment.

I’ve had 2 weeks to get familiar with the decision.  Taking the emotion out of it is virtually impossible so during that time I set an objective target (read, ultimatum).  If the tumour marker had increased after yesterday’s blood test, that’d be the 2nd month in a row and for me, an indicator that the drugs aren’t working.  Then I’d quit – no point suckering myself into treatment simply because it’s the generally accepted action.  However, if the marker had decreased, I wouldn’t be so hasty and I’d have to set new parameters for the next decision point.

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