Radiation Progressing

So far I’ve had 6 radiation treatments.  I’m taking chemo 3 pills twice a day with the radiation.  4 more weeks, Mon. – Fri.

This whole process has been very challenging.  For the past year I’m been primarily laying on my bed, the hours passing slowly.  I’ve lost 50 pounds and am very weak.  I go to the hospital for treatment in the mornings and then right back to bed.  It takes everything in me to get to the  hospital.

I really hope surgery comes soon and resolves all of this.  Chronic diarrhea, constipation, pain, discomfort, 24/7.  My fingertips and toes are numb from all the chemo.  The doc tells me that it may take a year for the feeling to come back.

And my cancer fund has run out and I still have 2 more months to go.  If you want to help me get to the finish line, please consider giving a donation.  Thank you.

http://www.youcaring.com/other/michael-earl-cancer-fund/26620

Radiation Begins

Hi all! Well, it’s been one year since I learned I had cancer. I can’t believe so much time has past. I’ve been in chemo for many months which has come to an end. At least in the form I’ve been receiving it. Now, as I undergo 6 weeks of radiation, I must also take chemo pills daily. The downside to this is that I’m told these pills can cause mouth sores. Not looking forward to that. After 6 weeks of the radiation and chemo hopefully shrinking the tumor, they will finally operate and remove it. So we’re making progress! Tomorrow radiation begins and I will keep you posted.

CT Scan Results Coming

I’ll get my CT scan results on Tuesday March 12, and will let you all know what they say.  This will be a big day for me as it will determine if the chemo is working, or how well it’s working.

Sick

I’ve had several chemo treatments and the last one 1 month ago left me feeling sick this whole time.  I missed my last infusion because I was already so sick.

Looking forward to March 5 to see what the CT scan shows; if the cancer is shrinking.  I sure hope so!

I lay around most days because I am tired and in pain much of the time.  Welcome to my glamorous life. Don’t anyone out there get cancer, it really sucks!  Eat organic foods, etc.  Research shows poor nutrition can contribute to getting cancer.  That could have been what happened to me as I was not eating very healthy these past two years.

Anyway, take care of yourselves and I will report back what I hear after March 5!

The Latest

Hi All!  Sorry I haven’t posted anything for awhile.  I’ve been adjusting to the chemo.  I’ve gotten really sick after all 4 treatments.  It lasts for about 4 days then subsides.  Because I lose my appetite afterwards, I’ve lost more weight, 5 pounds.  They will do another CT scan soon to see if the cancer is shrinking.  I go to the hosiptal every Friday; one week I do chemo and the next they just change the dressing on my picc line.  Can eat or drink nothing cold on chemo weeks, which limits my food choices. I think that’s about it for now.  I’ll let you know what happens with the next CT scan.

Side Effects

Had some side effects from chemo.  Exhaustion, diarrhea, no appetite.  That lasted two days and now I’m starting to feel a little better.  Go back in two weeks to do it all again.

Treatment Begins!

Hi everyone!

My first chemo was all good.  No side effects yet.

They gave me 3 different kinds of medicine through my pic line.

They sent me home hooked up to a battery operated pump that has medicine in it.  It runs until Sunday morning, then I can take it off.

The nurse also gave me reading material about the medicines and chemo in general.  I go back in two weeks for another treatment.  Can’t go every week because it would be too toxic.

Making Progress

Well, I’ve seen a surgeon and an oncologist.  I’ll be starting chemo on December 7.  Eventually I will have surgery after they shrink the tumor.  It has spread into lymph nodes in both sides of my groin.  Also in my back pelvic area.

Hopefully the chemo will work!