The Change Up. It’s a pretty darn good movie, but didn’t make too big of a splash at the theaters. Has a quick appearance by my actor buddy Gabe Wood – good work dude! Wish that what this entire post was me rambling about this movie and it’s funny parts but I’ve got other news to report though that involves some change.
A while back I said I was thrown a curve ball. This entire scenario that we’ve found ourselves was one mean pitch back on December 1. And now we’ve been thrown another pitch. This one was a changeup (click to read what type of pitch this is in baseball). Here’s why I’m categorizing it as that: Went in for my 6th infusion yesterday, and to have my port put into my chest – which allows for an easier time getting treatments. No more IV’s and tearing up my veins. Had the port put in early, then went to go talk to my doc. I’ve been having some back pain and general discomfort on my left side, and it has progressively been getting worse, especially the last week. Told this to my oncologist, who had me go take an unscheduled CT scan. Radiology came back, and the cancer has spread a bit into the back of my chest cavity. The current chemo has quit working. We’ve been thrown a changeup, one we were not expecting quite this early in the game. Thought the pemetrexed may be what we were doing for the next few months at least, but not so. So we cancelled the chemo, and I’m now due back in there next Thursday.
We are going to respond to this “changeup” by taking a swing with the PD1 immunotherapy drug called Nivolumab. It’s made by Bristol Myers and is the trial drug I qualified for a while back. It’s working very well and proving to fight many types of cancer. It has it’s own side effects, but should not be as bad as chemo. Frankly, I’m very excited to get going on this treatment and confident it’s going to make a big change for the better. We didn’t start with this b/c I got randomly selected to start with traditional chemo.
That’s the latest. I will have more next week. Keep the MOJO flowin’ folks. For me. Your family. Your friends. Whoever is in need of some good juju, vibes, prayers, support etc. I’m gonna hit a home run with this new treatment and need your encouragement through it all. Big hugs out to everyone. Batter up! ~SS