Jan 14, 2005 - 4:36 pm
Hi to my friends!!!!!
As some of you know, I am stage IV colorectal cancer (mets to liver and lung) dx in March or 2004. I began chemo immediately (folfox 6 with avastin) and had good tumor shrinkage the first 3-6 months. After that, everything plateaued and I kept getting chemo. It got very hard and after lots of reading (chemo brain and all) and research, I chose to stop the chemo and try a more natural approach with the help of a Naturopathic Doctor. I started my new diet stuff November 14th of last year and just had my very first CT scans and bloodwork done.
Since I have only been on my new regime for 2 months and considering my mets, I wanted a miracle, but realistically knew that was not going to happen.
I got what I perceive as excellent results today. No change in the tumors at all. My bloodwork is the best it has been since I started chemo. My white blood cell count went from 5.6 to 9.8. And almost all of the the other blood counts improved as did the mineral levels.
I feel the best I have in a very long time and am very pleased with the results. My onc. is very calm and it is hard to get a read on him but I sensed he was pleased too. I don't go back to see him for 3 more months, tax day April 15th (unless something weird happens).
I am so relieved and now very tired. I was so scared and nervous as you all can relate too. Now I am waiting for the sun to set, so I can go to bed.
I haven't been very diligent in my routine today but will get right back to it tomorrow and really hit this thing full throttle. I have 3 months to make a difference. The cancer did not ravage my insides in 2 months and will now have a hard time penetrating my spirit again.
Now, I can concentrate on the reunion in Mississippi!!!!!!!
BTW, my CEA dropped from 5.1 to 3.9 while not getting the chemo. Given the responses to my posts earlier this week, I have no idea how to intepret that. It was 35 in March of 2004.
Hugs to you all and Kerry, I am celebrating with you honey!!!!!
Emily, thank you dear for all your support while I have done this. Bud, SB, Kanga, Lisa Rose, Stacy, Kerry, MJay, Tara, Jana and so many others, my bestest hugs and thanks to you too!!!!! The very best thing I did when I found out I have cancer was come here to be with you all. I love it and need it. You all are so smart and informative. Thank You more then you will ever know!!!!!