It's appropriate that today is the day I can finally put pen to paper -- er, fingers to keyboard -- to share the news. My CA-125 continues to decline. We officially have the downward trend that my oncologist was waiting for. Unbeknownst to me, during the labwork before my 2nd round of chemo, he had … Continue reading Thankful
My recent blood work has shown a decline in my CA-125 test (nearly 50% down from the previous test). This means the treatment I'm on is working and I don't need to add anything else at this time. We'll test again in a month and go from there. *small optimistic happy dance* *but still not … Continue reading News: The Doxil is Working
Let's start with some administrative items: November's blood work & oncologist call occurred without incident. All blood marker levels are within in the normal range -- my CA-125 was slightly elevated, but my HE-4 was down a significant amount. (No, I cannot thank the diet for that yet since the tests were done about 4 … Continue reading Keto Life: Week 3 (and then some)
New week, new lessons learned. The 2nd week of this experiment has gone far better than Week 1. Probably because I don't have to withdraw from sugar again. And probably because it's not as new and scary as it was the first week. In any case, keeping it simple has paid off in dividends and … Continue reading Keto Life: Week Two
And with one thing and another, October is nearly over. This past month felt more like *real* life than any other since chemo stopped. It's almost as though I can pretend that nothing at all happened and life has always been this way, right? Riiiiiiiight. My work on mind, body and spirit continues! I joined … Continue reading Things & Stuff: October Edition
The path towards change is not an overnight one. It's a path that requires you to choose, over and over again, the changes you want to enact in your life. Some days, your choices aren't the ones that bring you toward your goal(s). Other days, they do. Every day, every hour, every second, we're given … Continue reading The progress you don’t know you’re making
1. Health Status Report I had a breast MRI last week. Kaiser farms this work out to a 3rd party since they don't have the right set up (which is to lay face down with my boobs in separate holes, hanging). I forgot how LOUD NOISES MRI machines are, but it was painless and quick, … Continue reading Things & Stuff: July Edition
It's been nearly 30 days since my last post. I'm constantly amazed at how time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. There's much to report, so let's get this party started, shall we? Most importantly, we met with my oncologist today and are now officially in "wait & see," or as I'm … Continue reading 30 Days & What Have We Learned?
I have 3 days of antibiotics left no more antibiotics left and there's really no good word to describe how amazing it will be to NOT have an IV in my arm (I'm on #5) any longer. Oh, bathtub, I'm coming for you. And pool. And jacuzzi. And basically any body of water where I … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
I'm feeling better and better (wtf?) each round. Or rather, I'm getting used to what each round means for me. I recall last time I went through chemo telling Kenji I was finally getting the hang of everything the 5th round. Out of 6 rounds. So not helpful. The fact that I've found a sort … Continue reading Status Report: 50% complete with chemotherapy.