Category: Treatment

Two Steps Forward and One Back

Two Steps Forward On Tuesday, April 6th 2021, I re-started chemotherapy with the drug Capecitabine. It is four pills in the morning and four later in the day. This drug is not as aggressive as the Oxaliplatin I was on. However, it will not destroy my blood marrow. Like everything else with cancer treatment, each ….  Read More

The Valid Interpretation

Funny, I’m not sure I’d recognize my Oncologist, Dr. Wojciech Morzycki, without a mask. He is a brilliant specialist with a huge practice where many of his patients are in the advanced stages of cancer with little chance of survival. At our face-to-face consult today, he shared his diagnosis on the state of my disease ….  Read More

The Dreaded Curve Ball

In baseball, the curveball is hard to hit because it is unpredictable. All of us with cancer, or any disease for that matter, discover early in treatment that we can’t predict what is coming. I’ve had lots going on lately but until recently I had more questions than answers so I didn’t have much about ….  Read More

Poking Holes in My Belly

I bet you don’t have a Sharps Bin in your home. This is our newest decoration. My preference would be to point at it and make it disappear like in the Got Junk Ads. Last Tuesday (October 20th) I learned that I will be on blood thinners for the rest of my life. Apparently most ….  Read More

Experience Chemotherapy

Today, September 30th, was my second chemotherapy treatment. Last February, my initial cancer treatment was a combination of radiation every weekday and chemotherapy once a week for a period of five weeks. At that time, I had no idea what to expect and approached both with a “Let’s get ‘er done” mindset but emotionally I ….  Read More

Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit

The blog title is a quote from Carl Jung. I will translate it later. That is not me in the picture. Like me, that individual is engaged in reflection. That is where I have been through the last several weeks. To be honest, I had moments of feeling sorry for myself but I am past ….  Read More

A Better Day

Dad’s CT scan has confirmed he has blood clots in both lungs. Considering yesterday’s test results that’s what we expected. While this is not what we would hope for it isn’t unusual following major surgery. He’s been on blood thinners since yesterday and will continue to have to take those for a number of months ….  Read More

24 Hours and I’m a New Dude

Yesterday sucked. There is no other way to say it but 24 hours later I feel terrific. The diagnosis is that blood clots, likely from my legs, moved. into my right lungs. I was put on blood thinners right away which is the normal treatment for blood clots. I just went to have a CT ….  Read More

No Bed of Roses Today

When I wrote this morning’s blog, I felt great. I had a little hiccup yesterday. Even though my surgeon has small hands, when anyone digs around your chest, there’s a good chance of collapsing a lung. After rolling that dice, the air trapped inside the right side of my chest along with natural fluids caused ….  Read More

Opps … Diagnosis Hiccup

With all the remarkable tools in the medical war-chest, until the surgeons get inside it’s still a best guess. My tumour started around the upper valve in stomach and grew up and down on the outside of my stomach and esophagus. More gory details to come when I get more information but the surgery went ….  Read More