Same Same

In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.

– Robert Frost

I’ve probably used that quote in a previous post, but it continues to be the truth, so I’m going to continue to use it. (sidenote: Robert Frost said this during his eightieth birthday celebration according to journalist and self-help writer Ray Josephs.)

No news is good news right? There hasn’t been much to share except that life has continued to go on. Work, cycling, getting a dog (have I mentioned we got a dog? We got a dog!)… the mundane tasks of the day are welcome.

We met with Dr. T earlier this week, and while there are no new test results to share, we’ll do another CA-125 ahead of next week’s infusion. If I’m in normal range (fingers & toes crossed!), we’ll complete the 6 cycles and then do 2 more.

From there, we may continue with Doxil. Or we could stop chemo entirely and move to a PARP inhibitor for maintenance. Three years ago, these kind of drugs were not part of the protocol, but now they are. I think an oral far outweighs having an infusion, but we’ll take it as it comes.

At the very least, the doc is very happy with my ongoing results and the fact that the chemo hasn’t affected my skin in any way.

Except. I have sun sensitivity and I didn’t consider this while getting a gel manicure a few months back. I ended up sunburning my nail beds, because I didn’t stop to make the connection of UV light for your hand = the same as laying out in the sun. In two words: IT SUUUUUUUUUCKED. Back to painting my own nails again… #firstworldproblems

Not much else to report. I can’t believe it’s already February. We’re heading to the Tour de Palm Springs this weekend as part of our cycling team’s annual camp. I’m riding the 26-mile course and Kenji is due to partake in the 102-miler. Should be a fun weekend overall before heading into an infusion week.

Onward we go.

7 thoughts on “Same Same

  1. Pictures of the new fur baby or it never happened. Just saying.
    Glad that life does indeed go on–and it does, until it stops. And no one knows just exactly when that will happen, so for all the gods’ sakes, keep doing life!
    (Did I tell you that my vascular surgeon was told in June 2017 that he had two months to live, he should make his peace and spend time with his family? He’s STILL working as of this comment, almost 2 years later. Just goes to show that doctors are as accurate with death dates as anyone else can be.)
    I believe that life is much more meaningful when you do have a true appreciation of the fact that death is inevitable for all of us (regardless of how or the diseases we have, or even trying to do everything “right” as there is no such thing–Jim Fixx, the guy who invented running for fun and exercise, died of a heart attack…while out running.). So many people live as if they’re never gone to die until they are actually ready to do so–you know, when they are really, really old and have done all that they wanted to do. If only that were true…I know that like me (and lots of Buddhists), you are practicing the idea of living just for the present moment, because that’s all we can truly be sure of. And it sounds like you’re having a good bunch of present moments. Keep it up!
    Don’t forget lots of sun screen out in Palm Springs. I’ve been there. It’s very sunny. LOL And full of Bentleys, Rolls-Royces and other cars that cost as much as a house.
    Keep on doing what you’re doing and don’t forget to give the new dog a scritch on the head for us. Hugs for you and Kenji, race well!!


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