Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pressing Forward - or - What Next?

This week is like a restart, a do-over, new beginning. I'm having a scan again on Wednesday the 26th. On the morning of the 27th we will find out if the cancer has progressed after my two previous chemo treatments and a month with no treatments. This will give us all our first look at how fast this cancer is progressing. After the consult I'll have my first chemo with the new cocktail of drugs that afternoon.

That change in drugs brings a change in side effects. On the positive side, I will no longer have a sensitivity to cold. With the current temperature of 5 degrees, that is a very good change! I also probably won't have heart problems, but I think one of the medicines does have a slight risk some heart related problems. I will also lose my hair, but that doesn't bother me. I did shave my head for years, after all. On the negative side, I have a very good chance of getting a rash that can, in some people, be painful / bothersome. I also will probably experience more nausea than with the previous treatment. I'm not thrilled about that either. We'll see how I react to these drugs.

It has been a busy week here though. This weekend I had a Jr. High school lock-in at church that went quite well. Earlier this week I started teaching a Stats class at Cardinal Stritch University. The next class will be Tuesday night. I expect to be recovered and rested by then. And we started working on the old rental house - one room painted, lots to go! Things are going to stay busy with the old house, possible sale and moving from this house, and teaching on Tuesday nights for the next five weeks. That, and I am still looking for a job. Busy, busy.

Thanks again for all the positive thoughts and encouraging words. It has been very comforting and encouraging.


Gary said...

Good luck, Chris. I'll be thinking of you!


Faye said...

Hey Chris --- I am glad to see your update... Can't wait to hear what your scans show.. Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you, Julia, and your family! You are a strong person and I know that you are going to fight and beat this beast!!!!

Set yourself some goals and keep working forward to them!!! Don't give up!!!

Keep us up-to-date on your progress! Faye