Monday, May 25, 2009

May 25


May 25
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Just finished a small mound of articles that I've been reading, and came up with an additional 3 sources to check out. But soon, soon, I may begin writing.

Had my doc's appointment today. Opted for an additional four rounds of chemotherapy (bringing the total to a whopping sixteen). I'm not happy about that, but I'm not crushed, either. As per my last CT scans, my largest lymph nodes are down to .7cm. That's half what they were a short while ago. If protocol is to go two cycles (four rounds) past the time of remission, then I think it's very much a good idea.

Remission. Heh... I'm in remission. I beat this fucking obscure little cancer that barely has any literature on it, because, well, I'm guessing since there's not a lot of sufferers, it wouldn't sell. When I was first diagnosed, I bought a Chemotherapy and Radiation for Dummies book, because it mentioned Hodgkin's. I also bought a hardcover, limited edition of Where the Wild Things Are. The latter was a much better use of money.

I'm having a grumpy moment here, so excuse the profanity (and its mere presence will be quite shocking, I'm sure)... But fuck this stupid cancer. I'm glad that if I had to get get sick, I at least got a rather curable one, but for some reason, it hasn't hit me until now. I had no fucking resources to tap into. Thank you, wikipedia. Your statistics sure do provide comfort on lonely nights.

At least I got a cool purple ribbon out of it.

Ahem.

I don't even know what the hell I'm talking about, anymore. I need to get back to work. It's chemo #13 tomorrow, so I'd better get my stuff sorted out today.

15 comments:

Holly said...

16 rounds - you are my hero....i don't know how you are doing it...i was a big cry baby about 8 rounds....but, then again, i AM a girl!!!

Daria said...

.7 cm is real good ... keep up the good work.

16 is a hell of a lot ... but then who thought you could do 12?

Anonymous said...

You are getting one hell of a forced painful Dracula snuggle when I get home. Which is soon. Keep at it, Tiger.
K.

Alli said...

Congratulations...you are entitled to be grumpy.. I'm grumpy many days lately. You are almost done....

I am scheduled for 15 rounds.. 1 down 14 to go...
Alli.....xx

Audrey said...

Yes, you are right to feel grumpy! And also proud - you have gone through a lot! I cannot even imagine going 16 rounds. My veins were collapsing LONG before that! Good on ya!

Sue R. said...

all we can say is "yahoo" great news...smaller is better and the end of chemo is nigh.
Sue and Jurg

penguie said...

beat the bastard to oblivion

Corrine said...

HURRAY FOR MAX AND WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!!!

and being in remission! This calls for celebration (and btw you and Melissa still haven't confirmed when we're getting together-pick a date/time/location; my schedule is 100% flexibility).

so happy for you :)

(ps. I read something on CBC that you probably already know, Ginger before Chemo helps with Nausea according to some study).

Kathy said...

Profanity warning, really? Armand, haven't you learned that when you have cancer you can say f*cking anything and everyone still loves you? I say enjoy the f*cking freedom!

The Cebulas said...

WOOHOO!!! you beat cancer's A**!!! Hey, if you already did 12, what's another 4 ;) Gotta make sure that sucker doesn't come back. Fantastic news!

Holly said...

a week is too long for me not to hear from/about you....please post dear....

Armand said...

Holly: When push comes to shove, you just pucker up and take it...

Daria: Hah, I certainly didn't... And I'll be damned if I think I can do the last three... But somehow I'll do it, and hate every minute of it...

Kate: Hehe, I'm both worried and intrigued as to what that may entail. See you soon!

Alli: Thank you. Chemo sucks. Best of luck!!

Audrey: The magic of the port-a-cath, aka, "I get to keep those veins, right?"

Sue: Many thanks.

Jenn: I'm trying!!

Corrine: Many thanks, all around. Also, funny thing about ginger. I've now associated it with chemotherapy, and the taste of it actually makes me nauseous!

Kathy: Haha, silly me, I completely forgot! :p

Cebulas: Many thanks. I know, I keep telling myself these last few are for my own good... In a masochistic, self-loathing sort of way.

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e said...

i stumbled across this today. i'm mid way through my treatment.
congrats...i hope things are really good for you at the moment.