First things first. Thanks to UNC for giving every patient in the open area of the chemo floor a TV. Hadn’t really used it the first few times in there, but yesterday spent two hours watching Carolina avenge that awful meltdown to Louisville they had over SuperBowl weekend. Brice had his mojo workin’. GO HEELS.
Now on to the shrinkage. No, it’s not the George Constanza kind I’m talking about here (see the 2:35 mark of the video). I can assure you I have not been any cold pools recently. Where I have been is in a CT (computed tomography) scanner, which takes a detailed pic of your insides. With the help of some iodine in the blood, the cancer cells show up better. We got a good luck at the biggest tumor that’s in my chest yesterday before this 3rd infusion, and it has shrunk by about two centimeters. My body is reacting well to the two chemo drugs. We’re all very happy about this.
So here’s what’s up next: I will have one more infusion that includes Carboplatin. It’s the stronger of the two drugs that are part of my drip and the one that make me feel like complete doodoo for about a week. We will then go to just Pemetrexed, the second of the two in my drip, and do another two rounds with only that. Side effects not near as severe. More good news. Assuming things continue to shrink, we’ll stick to this for a bit. Tons of folks have asked me “how many times do yo have to do this?”. As of yesterday, there is no answer to that. I could be doing this for a year…some as a preventative measure. Not really excited about that. But if it’s what we gotta do, it’s what we gotta do!
Thanks to Jimmy and Brooke for sitting in, and bringing some tasty treats, and keeping the mullet jokes to a minimum (I’ve known these two since the mid 80’s). They made the few hours in the poison pit good fun and I cherish my friendship with them like I do a lot of you. Thanks also to some folks to have helped with my diet. Too many to name. But lots of folks with good advice on foods, websites, vitamins etc. You know who you are. Every little bit helps.
Lastly, the Quintiles marathon is next weekend. There is a MOJO WARRIORS element into the 1 mile and 5k on Saturday and there and many of my friends and relatives have volunteered. THANK YOU! Folks traveling to do this even. I’m pumped to see everyone. I’ll be doing both, but will likely be on my beach cruiser on the 5k. You can still sign up to walk/run, I think they are good on volunteers. So come join us Saturday at 3. The new shirts will be available there, and then online later. To Register: http://