Thank you Martie, Tracie, Owl, Marge,Jaime and Karilea...and all the others who have visited this thread with well wishes.
Yesterday was my long Chemo day, 10AM-530PM. One of the drugs leaves my fingertips numb and tingling, extremely cold sensitive. Since the thermometer is again barely 18F today, so I'm staying indoors...which is awful since I love to be outside. I'm able to be at the computer for about 15 minutes at a time before my fingers become pressure sensitive. In addition, there is the nausea and the fact the immune system takes a hit, requiring additional supplementation of drugs and vitamins.
So far, my blood tests every Monday show I am 'holding my own' and we should do additional tests next month to determine if the current Chemo combo is slowing down the liver tumor growth. The goal of course, is to put it into remission. There is no cure, and the reality is it always returns according to statistics.
Transplants are not an option.
But there is a 'supplemental alternative therapy component' I will begin soon, that in some cases has successfully put the tumors completely out of commission, though it takes a year or more for any results.
The old phrase 'time is of the essence' is critical when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.
I sincerely hope that all who read this make sure they follow the recommendations to have a Colonoscopy done before age 55. I just turned 63, had no symptoms until July, full diagnosis end of October...stage 4....that means the colon cancer has metastasized to other organs. What this means is, the colon polyps probably began to turn malignant 4-5 years ago.
After removing the huge mass and radical intestinal re-sectioning the end of October, and 7-8 weeks recovery, Chemo began the week before Christmas. My Chemo schedule is every Tuesday for up to 8 weeks, then a two week interval for additional tests before another round of Chemo.
Well, I apologize for being so blunt, but my intent is to 'needle' everyone into getting the diagnostics done on a timely basis. You don't want to have to endure what I am enduring, and now sadly, our dear poet Marge is suffering liver cancer as well as lung issues. Not a poetic scenario....