UPDATE 8/24: Cancer, Coffee and Cookies

Life is good.

I find it bothersome that I cannot drive when I want. It makes me feel like a 15 year old teen: life is awaiting me if only there was a ride to where life is.

On the other hand, riding in cars currently unhinges me. The left side of my chest and left shoulder blade remain scratched up from the surgery. Basic healing of that should take another few weeks. So far I have left home twice, once to go to church at the Reverend Al’s place and once to the movies … and to go to the doctor’s office for followup health checks.

This coming week starts consultation with the hematology-oncology folks. Will start chemo in September. There is no known effective chemo therapy for BSCC cancer — but since the cancer has shown that it will return, and is mobile in where it returns, then chemo will be one approach to battling or slowing my next battle with it.

Perhaps the more significant fight against cancer’s return will be to eat a some strict anti-cancer diet. I started such a diet in mid-2011 but admit to having strayed. I did eat all the things that I should … but I also ate (often after the first year of recovery) many of the things that I should not: beef, dairy, bread and simple carbs — all of the blessed tasty stuff in life. There will be the occasional chili dog and beer in my life but only on holidays; have considered moving to Germany where they have 22 official holidays annually.

Life is good. I have no complaints. With diligence and proactive advocation for appropriate health care with the doctors then I expect to have decades of good quality life ahead.

Stay curious. Ask questions. Not all answers to your questions are correct. Be your own advocate. Eat chili dogs if the chance presents itself … just not too often.

6 thoughts on “UPDATE 8/24: Cancer, Coffee and Cookies”

  1. Good evening Billie,

    Thanx for the updates, offer of help still stands. If you need a ride or company when you do chemo, etc. just let me know. Will be back after 5 Sep.

    Charlie Golf One,

    George H

    1. Janelle,

      My chemo will start the week of September 9th.

      Will be taking a triple cocktail of Cetixumab (Erbitux), Cisplatin (Platinol), and Fluorouracil (5FU).

      Fluorouracil (5FU) is my ‘chemo for life’ … at least at this time. It is supposedly my insurance policy that will attempt to slow the recurrence of cancer throughout my body — giving me and docs some time to counterattack it … or to finish one last six pack of dark beer.

      About Fluorouracil: It is generally used in combination with other medications to treat colon cancer or rectal cancer (cancer that begins in the large intestine) that has gotten worse or spread to other parts of the body. Fluorouracil is used in combination with other medications to treat certain types of breast cancer after surgery to remove the tumor or radiation therapy. Fluorouracil is also used to treat cancer of the pancreas and stomach cancer. Fluorouracil is in a class of medications called antimetabolites. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in your body.

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