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Cancer Winner - Good News

dance2.gif I was supposed to have my fifth round of chemo yesterday. (You’ll notice the past tense). Did the usual bloodwork, answered the usual 101 questions by the nurse and saw Dr. D before I was scheduled to go to infusion. Well, after my examination, we chatted. Seeing how I’ve been having so much trouble with my hands and feet, he decided to give me a break from the chemo. :cool:

That, in and of itself would have alarmed me, because why mess with what’s working? I would have tolerated the foot and hand problems. (With some complaining, of course). However, Dr. D also said that my tumor markers are continuing to drop.

As I mentioned before, I was originally at 218 when I started this treatment. Dropped to 92 a few weeks ago and am now at 57. The doctor says that with Ixempra, the numbers should continue to drop … even after the chemo is discontinued. PLUS … I won’t have to go see Dr. D until the end of February. That’s nearly six weeks without a doctor’s visit! Nearly six weeks without having to see the oncology nurses! Nearly six weeks without bloodwork!

Right now, I am one happy camper and am popping some cyber champagne. We’ll see if my extremities go back to normal without the continued chemo. We’ll see how long it takes my hair to come back and we’ll see if my numbers continue to drop. Lots to look forward to. :lol:

And Remember …“YOU ARE A CANCER WINNER”

17 Responses to “Cancer Winner - Good News”

  1. Edie Says:

    This is the best news, Liz. I’m happy, happy, happy for you!

  2. Liz Kreger Says:

    That is terrific news. It feels so good knowing I won’t have to go to any appointments for awhile. And not having to do chemo? … Priceless.

  3. Kath Calarco Says:

    Liz, that new is so awesome I could cry. I feel your relief with having all those weeks without doctors’ appointments. I’ll bet your veins are thankful.

    Here’s hoping that the only extremities you’ll need to worry about in the future have to do with words and not body parts.

    P.S. You’re still my heroine!

  4. Marcia Says:

    Woohoooooooooooooooooo! That\’s awesome news. OMG, I wish I could engulf you in the biggest hug right now. :D

  5. Liz Kreger Says:

    Thanx, Kath. The thing I always disliked is that I have to disrupt my work day so much with my appointments. During chemo I had to go weekly for nurse’s visits and the actual chemo day was usually an all day marathon. My bosses have been so understanding about all of this that I try to make my treatment appointments as unintrusive as possible. Doesn’t always work though.

    So this is a nice break for me. And you’re right … no needles. I had a port installed in my chest over five years ago, so I never have to worry about collapsing veins. To anyone hemming about getting a port … I highly recommend them. Easy to get installed (surgically) and priceless in saving your veins. :lol:

  6. Liz Kreger Says:

    I can feel the hug, Marcia. :lol: Thanx ever so much. The celebration wine was flowin’ last night.

  7. Kath Calarco Says:

    Hail the port! Such cute inventions. :)

  8. LaDonna Says:

    FABULOUS, Liz! YAY! :smile: I’m so happy I could bust! Here’s a toast to your good news, and even greater attitude. You flat-out amaze me. And here’s a ‘nother toast to those numbers dropping!

  9. Liz Says:

    “Hail to the port”? That’s funny, Kath.

    Don’t know how long I need to keep it, but as long as they’re willing to stick me with needles, I’m willing to keep it installed.

  10. Liz Says:

    Thanx, LaD. It was good news to have. Like I said, going to the doctor’s office that often was a drag … but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

    I’m still drinkin’ wine in celebration. Polished off the bottle as a matter of fact.

  11. Dee Says:

    Liz, Sooo cool! I’m very excited for you and it seems the news coincides with a new era in our government, eh? The inauguration was cool, wasn’t it? Here’s hoping the numbers continue to drop! And, sending healing energy your way.

  12. spyscribbler Says:

    Wow, Liz, that is FANTASTIC news! The break will be such a relief, won’t it?

    Congratulations! :-)

  13. Liz Says:

    Thanx, Dee. We were watching the inaugeration on a small television at work when I had to leave for my appointment. Didn’t get a chance to watch the actual inaugeration. I did find the president’s speech on the radio, though. So I was able to listen to part of it. Very inspiring.

    Thanx for the healing vibes and here’s to pushing those numbers down … one way or another.

  14. Liz Says:

    Thanx, Spy. I plan to enjoy this break. I think after these past six months I deserve it. The treatment wasn’t totally horrible, but it was … trying at times. Its the energy drain that gets to me. You have absolutely no energy to do the things you normally enjoy.

  15. Zoe Winters Says:

    Yay, Liz! That’s so wonderful.

  16. Liz Says:

    Thanx, Zoe. It is nice to get good news once in awhile.

  17. Eru Says:

    Hey cookie this is such a yummy qusiteon hmm lets see Y dont u spread some peanut butter on the bread slices if u like.. i guess peanut and avacado makes a yummy combination.You can even try some spicy thai peanut sauce u get in market .. i guess it will spice up and also get some sweetness to ur sandwich.. keeping the flavour of the avacados intact . hmmm In addition you can also add some onions to it for the crispness . dont load it up with vbegetables.. then it will become vegetable sandwich n not avacado sandwich . hehe . the spices u sprinkle are good enough. u can also try using some lite sweet onion dressing on it. Ohh it sounds yumm to me now . try it hope u enjoy it too :D

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