I just had THE best yesterday. Well actually the day before was pretty damn good too, I had coffee and lunch with my ma, followed by a bit of work and later a dinner guest where I actually contributed to the meal prep etc. Ok, so that doesn’t sound so amazing but I’m telling you, in my shoes it was. I. Had. Energy. And… no niggling health issues. Ok, I have one but I won’t go into it suffice to say think runny nose but not from my nose! Eeewww. Apparently a joyful bi-product of radiation that antibiotics should fix and we’ll leave it at that.
Onto yesterday. We had two follow up appointments with the oncologists – which by the way, I still struggle with the fact I have ‘a’ oncologist let alone two! Anyhow the first appointment was with our favourite chemo oncologist, James Bull. Given that I’ve completed the first round pretty much unscathed, I was ready for answers to my questions: Is this first round of treatment indicative of how I’ll respond to further rounds? Pretty much, although he suspects I’ll start to experience a warming and tingling in my hands and feet. Ok, I think I can handle that. He was pretty pleased with how I was travelling with the first round so I was able to get him to commit to only four months of treatment as opposed to six. Yippee! Question two was about the ever so slight crap feeling I get occasionally – real borderline nausea. He thinks it’s simply my bowel still sorting itself out post surgery and if it worsens to take the anti nausea tablets I was given at my first chemo session.
James reiterated Austin’s delight at the success of the whole process and that I had responded exceptionally well and to count myself incredibly lucky. He reported that many many others sadly do not respond as well. Wow.
Next stop was lunch and then a follow up with Dr Ooh-la-la, our favourite radiation oncologist, Patrick Dwyer. Again, he was very happy at how my body handled the rigorous treatment I had undergone in both phase one and two and having come through the other side, how well I looked. And how fabulous the results were. He pointed out that the cancer marker tests they do when taking bloods, in my case, were indicative of the successful response to treatment. My cancer markers at the start recorded 37 and the last blood test recorded one with zero being normal. He suspects my next blood test which is next week, will reveal a zero. Talk about walk out on a high. Finally I’m a success story which I have to admit is a bloody good area in which to be a success.
So, here’s to completion of the first round of chemo. I can now take a break until next Friday when the next cycle begins.