Treatments 4-6 and Then …

Some issues regarding the last three chemo treatments were covered in previous posts.  Just to recap some of the happenings.

My blood counts were being taken for a real ride during this process. I received two units of  blood  for very low red count and, a $10,000 shot for very low white count.

My memory faded tremendously and during these last 3 treatments it really took a holiday.  Looking back, that was a good thing.  I was actually fortunate.

The humor for my husband person (Mr T – teacher) and myself continued.  And it had to as I would react negatively to any little potential negative that I heard or imagined.  Can you just fathom what my caregiver husband person went through.  Actually, some of you who read this blog can relate to what he experienced.

So treatment 6 was completed, though by white count was a little iffy.  Fortunately, I had a Doctor and Nurse who allowed # 6 to happen.

At some point after the last treatment (I can’t remember how long), I had another cat scan.  Then the big day approached — the outcome and potential next steps of radiation and surgery to remove the tumor (radical hysterectomy was my understanding). To say that I wasn’t nervous would be a bold-faced lie. I was taking a very low dose of sertraline so that helped with anxiety, but I was still nervous as a cat.

The Doctor came in and pronounced a good result. No further treatment necessary. To which I responded, “When do I begin radiation.” The response, Mrs Al “there is nothing left to treat.” So I thought for a moment and then asked, “What about surgery?” Response from the Doctor who was a patient with yours truly, Mrs AL “there is nothing left to treat.”

I had a bit of trouble making sense of what was being said to me and then it finally hit me … “REALLY?”  The Onc told us that what I experienced was unprecedented.  And he appreciated the fact that there were so many folks praying me and Mr T, praying for him, my nurse and the staff at the center where I was being treated.  While we did not delve deeply in our faith, it was clear we were all Thanking and Praising the Lord for this outcome.

The subsequent cat scans (every 3 months) were also positive.  In fact, the Onc indicated about 3 months ago that I was “stable” and that he was going to stretch out the cat scans to 6 months.

My function now is self-examination for nodules and other indications of a recurrence.  I cannot be declared “cured” as the history of my particular case indicates recurrence at some point.

So now what?

February 6, 2013 was treatment # 6.  On February 6th this year I go in for a lung x-ray and consult with the Onc Doctor person.  The lungs are of concern as they too developed tumors filled with communist cancer cells.  And it is my understanding that treating lung cancer is particularly difficult.

As I continue this blog I would ask a favor of each of you … if you know someone who would like to share some of their experiences as either a patient or caregiver, please encourage them to post their comments here.  If interest develops, I will create a separate page for posting experiences in a comments section.  Every single experience is unique.  And the more we share with one another, the better.


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9 Comments on “Treatments 4-6 and Then …”

  1. Always and always, my prayers and love follow with you, Mrs AL,,,
    As the old WW2 saying goes,,,, “Praise the LORD, and pass the ammunition~!”,,,
    Just another way of saying, that once the first steps are taken, The LORD flies one the rest the way~!

    Yes, Mrs AL,,, you are, indeed, HERE~! I will pray, first of all, that you get out of your driveway on Thursday~!,,, and then that the X-rays are C L E A N~!

    • Mrs. AL says:

      You are a very kind man, Grouchy. My husband person and I are both very appreciative of your support in prayer.

      And I really like the WW2 saying!

      Haha … yes, Thursday in this neck of the forest could be troublesome. We are supposed to be getting the 2nd storm this week on that day. Well, gotta’ leave that in the Lord’s hands also, eh?

  2. CW says:

    And we’re so happy you are here!

    Thank you again for sharing your experiences, Mrs. AL. I think reading about it gives all of us a much needed boost in our appreciation for our own health.

    I may come back later and share some thoughts on what happened with my dad.

  3. Gar Swaffar says:

    I’m willing to share this portion of what it was like to offer what help I could when my wife went through the Commie Cancer Attack while in the middle of her Bachelors program (and working full time):

    Yes, the person offering care is helpful, and necessary, however, the person under attack has to maintain the Overcomers Attitude or the battle is lost.
    Yes, the caregiver has a part to play in the process, and aside from the physical requirements, for those of us who live by faith in that which we cannot see, our part is to also be that unfailing Prayer Warrior.

    Not just the simple prayers we might be used to doing every morning for our spouse, but a get down on your face, down in the dirt, and get muddy prayer to The One who heals from the inside out. Not daily, not when it is convenient, but multiple times every single day. As often as it comes to mind, do it. Right now, not later. Driving? Pull over and get busy on your knees. Waking up at night? …Get busy.

    Can I say without reservation that the prayers of myself and all of the multitude of Prayer Warriors had the desired effect? Of course not.

    Can I prove from a scientific point that my wife was healed at a prayer service we went to in the next county over? Nope.
    Can I be convinced that the prayer had no effect – NEVER!

    The rest of it are just the daily details to get the task done, the emotional support offered to a Life Partner creates an atmosphere of love, care and concern which cannot be discounted in the process of healing.
    I have nothing but sorrow for the folks who have to go it alone, or without a faith in The Living God. That is a road no one should have to walk.

    You Mrs. AL had the benefit of your own Prayer Warrior and Life Partner, and that will make all the difference in the final outcome. I read on Saturday that we need only have enough faith, and if we tell a mountain to “go there”, then it will indeed get it’s self up and go where we tell it to.

    Let it be said: “Mrs Al, go in health to a life you enjoy.”

    • Mrs. AL says:

      Excellent, Gar!!! Thanx so much for sharing your thoughts as a caregiver. I also agree that the patient is the only one who can actually fight. I am quite mindful that I could have given up and died a year ago. And indeed, anyone going this alone is hear wrenching to say the least.

      Your description of being a Prayer Warrior is spot on. ” … get down on your face, down in the dirt, and get muddy prayer to The One who heals from the inside out.” I was shouting with joy at your description, Gar! Intercessory prayer takes work. It is so critical for all involved.

      Any other thoughts that ya’ll may have are more than welcome, Gar.

  4. tannngl says:

    This is amazing! God has blessed you and husband! And you are here for a reason, as we all are. I say my prayers for you each morning.

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