Hi everyone... I feel good right now and I'm going to take advantage of it and do some typing. Hubby is out getting some dinner and my fabby young sister is taking care of the boys again. I'm truly blessed with a wonderful family, and friends that are both near and far. I am happy right now!
I met a wonderful nurse today who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and who got me going this afternoon with my chemo. It was a neat experience to talk with someone at the same time that they were taking care of me here in the hospital. I will continue to be here for a couple of days just to make sure that this first chemo treatment goes ok. So far so good... no immediate ill effects. All the literature though says that it can take hours to a day or so before some effects can be seen so I will wait patiently. My one saving grace is that I've essentially been suffering the same side effcts of chemo prior to this anyway... it won't be anything new. I really feel like my pains have been pretty harsh here the last week or so. I say bring it on... but please don't ask me to say that when and if I'm nauseous tomorrow... did you know that I'm a chronic liar (lol).
Treatment will be 8 hours every two weeks of infusion with a take home pump that will be continuous flow for 2 days which equals 3 drugs. I'm waiting for a DNA result on a specific type of protein that (I think) is secreted/emitted from cancer cells. If I test positive for this then I can take an additional drug that should be beneficial for my type of cancer... its new to the line up of stomach cancer treatments, but only about 30% of cancer cells emit this type of protein. Remember these are my layman's interpretations of what is going on. My hope is that there will be newer and better drugs in the future.
I feel good that we have finally started down this path.
Until next time friends...