Number 7 is DONE!! Well I am still on the Pump

by | Nov 5, 2021

Put more energy into trusting Me and enjoying My Presence. Don’t let your well-being depend on your circumstances.

Yesterday Eric and I sat for many hours at the IV center while I was infused with chemo treatment number 7.  This was a big day because not only do I start to go down the ladder of treatment but I got to discuss the results of my CT scan with my physician.  The outcome is stable but shrinking!!!

I still get my chemo at Jefferson, the overall experience is better there with a private room.  This was the first time I actually felt a little positivity from Dr. Cohen.  He showed us the scans and you can absolutely see where the tumors are shrinking and moving away from other organs.  I forgot to ask him about the tumor and it’s pressing on my bladder but thanks to modern technology I was able to send him a chat on the patient portal this morning.  My hope is the scan shows space between the tumor and bladder meaning the tumor is not attached to the bladder.

Dr. Cohen explained that my type of cancer is usually resistant to chemo and it is hard to get inside the tumor to kill it.  I know the alternative treatment avenues I have taken have helped open the tumors to accepting the chemo, even though they know they will die.  That is what they need to do, die!

Of course my journey can’t go without complications but I really though after last week’s pump issues I might get a little break.  Nope!  After I get my two hour infusion, I get a fast dose of a separate chemo, the one I receive from the pump, that usually takes 5 minutes.  Yesterday while we waited and waited for the drugs for that last dose to be delivered, the nurse told us there was an issue.  Apparently the Pharmacist mixes the chemo under a hood to vent any toxins out.  The facility I go to is brand new, 3-4 years, and has four hoods.  While I was getting my infusion, all four hoods went down and my last doss could not be mixed.  While I tried to control my stress of know this would delay my getting back to work a half day I had to remind myself this was out of my control and in other hands.  Once again on this journey I could not control what was happening and need to just let things be so be they did.

All in all, it was a good visit and now I move into a weekend of resting, well as much as I can.  I will be working at the brewery on Saturday then on the couch Sunday before dinner with some very special friends.  Bummed the Steelers are playing Monday night this week but I am sure there will be something to watch.  If you are around Buckingham this weekend feel free to stop over.

My gratitude for today:  So very grateful to be able to keep working, For a job with some incredible coworkers who are supportive and understanding and for Eric who is always there to take care of me.

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