Thursday, February 25, 2010

And so it begins....

On Wednesday of this week I went to MGH to have yet another cat scan which thus meant also trying to drink what they call a vanilla smoothie that has nothing whatsoever to do with either vanilla or smooth!! However, the cat scan showed the tumor has shrunk just a little bit more. Yay! I then had to sign away the life that I am trying to save. Good grief, do they have to list every single thing that could happen?

I will be starting this coming Monday. I will go to the chemo center every Monday and be connected to a pump that will last till the following Monday. When I am all hooked up and have my designer bag (hah!!) attached, I go to radiation. I will have radiation every day at 1:15pm so think good thoughts. I am also entered into a brand new clinical trial that will add a pill to this whole mixture that they believe is very promising with the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Please know that I am very anxious to get this whole thing started. I am very sure and confident that this is the right thing for me to be doing. Please continue to keep me in your prayers or thoughts as I truly believe all of you are a big part of my success. It is so comforting to know that I am not alone in this journey.

Thank you all!!!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

February 4 Update

Good Morning my neglected Soldiers!

I am sorry I have not felt well enough these last couple of weeks to keep you posted as to what is going on. My last post gave you all the good news about the tumor and that I would be starting the chemo/radiation quickly. After I posted all of that I got a call from Dr. Ryan explaining that the new protocol that he wanted me to get into would not budge regarding the number of chemo treatments one had to have to start their program. I had to have another round of chemo with the gemcitabine (the one I have been having all along). I have already had two rounds and will have the third round tomorrow and then there will be a two week break and I will start the chemo/radiation on February 22nd. It has changed from 5 days to 7 days a week of chemo through the pump and 5 days going in to MGH for the radiation. Doesn't sound like much fun, but it does sound like a way to the cure and that is just fine with me!

I know that through this next round I will be able to feel the love and prayers of my incredible Army.

Take care,