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Posted 2015-06-10T22:01:02Z

One More Hurdle To Jump Over

Hi there, been too long since my last update, and there's been a few developments within the last couple days.  Long post incoming!

On Monday I had my CT scan at SCCA.  I had gone into the office to meet with Dr. Back to get the results, and when the nurse printed out the report of the scan, I had caught a glimpse of a fairly technical report that mentioned that the tumors had increased, but didn't want to say anything until hearing it from Dr. Back.  He then had the nurse come back into the room telling me that he's printing something out that I will be interested in, another indicator that there was news.[...]

Posted 2015-04-21T19:16:00Z

No News Is Good News, Some of the Changes I've Made

Hi Friends and Family,

It's been 5 weeks since my last update, but as mentioned before, no news is good news!  The last few rounds of chemo and bloodwork have been going well aside from some hand and foot sensitivity that have prevented me from going to the gym and have prompted a dose reduction in my Xeloda.  My liver, lungs, and blood work all seem to be normal, and my Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) has remained around 1.35 (1-5 is normal).  I have a colonoscopy scheduled for mid May and a CT scan in June, so those are the next milestones.  Hopefully we can continue doing what we're currently doing for a long time without any changes.[...]

Posted 2015-01-26T20:25:34Z

Maintenance Chemo Round 1 and Return to Work

Hi there, I just wanted to provide a quick update on my new chemo regime.  Three weeks ago I began my maintenance chemo, Xeloda, which entailed taking three pills taken in the morning and three more in the evening.  I'm very happy to share that my experience with this new chemo has been very positive with minimal side effects.  There was little nausea and little fatigue associated with it.  The primary side effect was hand-foot syndrome, which included some minor pain when I stand on my feet, which may get worse over time, but hopefully not.  The side effects are cumulative, which means they grow as I continue to take this, but again, hopefully this won't be the case.[...]

Posted 2014-12-15T19:39:02Z

My Last Scheduled Chemo Infusion: Number 13

Quick Update: This journey began in April of this year, and eight months later following many rounds of chemotherapy, Thursday marks my final chemo infusion, number 13.  I'm glad to be so close to the light at end of the tunnel, and will be happy to have these infusions behind me.  I'll then have a CT scan next Tuesday and meet with my oncologist to determine next steps which may include lung surgery or just starting maintenance chemo (daily pills) in January.  [...]

Posted 2014-11-27T03:24:57Z

Lots to be Thankful For This Thanksgiving and Infusion 11

This Thanksgiving - This year has been quite life-changing to say the least.  As I reflect for Thanksgiving, despite the many surprises and challenges this year, there is much for me to be thankful for: great medicine, health-care providers, and nurses; a wonderful job and company that enables me to undergo this treatment; and above all, the best support system through countless family and friends who have given me the strength to stay smiling and positive throughout this ordeal.  As I do in every post, I want to thank you all for everything you do for us.  This Thanksgiving means more to me now than it has before as I go over in my mind the many blessings in these times.[...]

Posted 2014-11-12T18:35:44Z

Incision Rupture (oops lol) and Chemo Infusion #10

Hello, hello from chilly Renton!  A couple quick things to share with the pack.  As many of you know, the family and I were lucky enough to get away for a few days to (also surprisingly cold) Orlando for a quick getaway to Disney World and Universal Studios.  Caleb got to see his best pal Mickey, we got to see our close friends get engaged, and it was there that my primary incision, the one that looks like a C-section, ruptured!  [...]