Jan 12, 2012 - 1:18 am
So... Where am I? As you know, I was diagnosed originally Stage IV (Terminal) , but I screamed, hollered, and got a 2nd opinion from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, and the University of Washington (who all work together) and got a REAL staging to T4N1M0. Not good, but a revert to Stage III and eventually operable.
So I've had 5 rounds of chemo (Taxol and Carboplatin) and have just 4 days of radiation left. Right now, I feel pretty good, but eating is hard. It isn't any fun, I have very little appetite, and it is easy to take that "one last bite" and run to restroom and puke. I've gotten really tired of Ensure and Boost, but my oncologist had me check out something called "Resource Fruit Beverage" which a whey power based nutrition drink. NO MILK!!!
I'll be ordering some tomorrow. No stores around here seem to have any. I did find some stuff called Isopure at Rite Aid, but it doesn't have either the calories or the nutritional value of Resource. Still, it is Fruit Punch... It tastes a bit weird with a bit of an aftertaste, but I'll survive.
So anyway, not much energy, red and white blood cells down a bit, but better than the average for this go, and surgery scheduled for the 3rd week in February.
"Keep on truckin'..."