I suppose technically this post belongs in the Cancer Blog bucket or on the Golf on Monday, Chemo on Tuesday blog...but I landed here and here I shall post.

It's been a hectic few days following a sort of down and out couple of days earlier this week. I had some low energy on Monday and Tuesday, along with some minor stomach pain/upset.  

Then Tuesday morning, I got notice that my insurance company had approved me for a new chemo protocol. This will involve two weeks on chemo and one week off. And I have absolutely no idea what to expect!

Welcome back, my friends, to the cancer coaster.

A scan (also a hearty welcome back to barium...blech!) from yesterday show that starting up chemo again is an appropriate move since I have had progression (growth) of the disease in both liver and lungs.

So I had my first treatment today. The rest of the week, I'll be taking two pills in the morning and two in the afternoon. I go in for another infusion next Thursday, repeat the pills for 7 days and then get 7 days off.

I'm interested to see how my body reacts to this new regimen in terms of side effects...and how effective the regimen will be.

But in the meantime, I'm off to take a nap!
5/12/2011 09:09:59 am

Positive thoughts and prayers are headed in your direction. As always, let me know if you need ANYTHING and you know I'll have it on your doorstep asap.



5/12/2011 09:21:53 am

I am very excited for you - which sounds odd, but I think you know what I mean. If you get a chance, I would be interested to know what the protocol is. Nice to know you have a new weapon in the Warrior Arsenal.

Alicia Stiles
5/13/2011 05:12:38 am

Remember me? We corresponded a few times last year. Saw you yesterday at the Dr. Lenz's office and tried to get a chance to say hi but you were scheduling with Roger then went off to your treatment. I'm in my FOURTH clinical trial with Lenz. Not much luck so far obviously, but I'm still here. Good luck to you with your new protocol. I hope the side effects are not too bad. You look good! I'll be thinking of you and praying for you!



5/29/2011 03:00:25 am

Thanks, Hal. It's always good to know you and Jill (and even Charlie) stand at the ready.

I'm thinking walks on Fridays now since my treatments are Thursdays. It's a brain teaser, this new schedule.

5/29/2011 03:03:18 am


I do know what you mean. And since the protocol seems to be doing well...more to be excited about.

Knock on wood and all that.

5/29/2011 03:06:24 am


I've been trying to find you at USC too! Next time you see me, flag me down. Would love to get on of your patented hugs.

Hey, four trials later and still here...with 12 more months under your belt...I think that's damn fine work!

So far so good on this protocol, although they had to back down my dosage so I had 1 or two platelets swimming around in me.

Hang in there gal!


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