Lorioux Loup

First post: Aug 31, 2019 Latest post: Dec 28, 2019
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In 2013 I was diagnosed with melanoma in my eye. I was treated successfully and remained cancer free for 5 years. The cancer then returned and my eye was removed in 2018. Throughout the last year I have had bouts of intense pain in various bones in my back, neck, and hips. The usual surveillance involves imaging of the lungs and liver. Mine are fine. 
Meanwhile we were cleaning out the garage to ready the building for a new roof. I over did the lifting and my chest started hurting. I called my sister who is a nurse and asked what the symptoms of a heart attack were. She suggested going in to have it checked out regardless. Glad I did. In the process of ruling out a heart attack, a mass was found on my adrenal gland, and my blood work showed elevated levels of Alkaline Phosphatase, an indicator that there is something wrong with your bones. I took the results to my Oncologist who ordered more CTs, MRIs, and a PET scan. That is how the melanoma in my bones was found.
I started immunotherapy last week. I am receiving an infusion of 2 drugs, ipilimumab, and Nivolumab. I will get 4 infusions of these two drugs at 21 day intervals. After that I will downgrade to a single drug. What I want you to know is that I feel great! After the first treatment my pain has subsided, I am sleeping better, and have very little fatigue.
I appreciate all the help that your prayers, thoughts, and positive energy have provided. I am well cared for!!! I have been practicing a meditation in which I breathe in the "I AM" on my inhalation and imagine perfect health upon my exhalation. I also visualize the stunned yet happy face of my oncologist when she sees the phenomenal changes over the course of my treatment. My youngest is cooking for me along with my sister , so the worry of "whats for dinner" is off the t able so to speak. I will be working half time instead of full time and taking time to do less and rest more. 
The outpouring of love and support has been such an inspiration. I do not feel worried, nor do I have that "grip of fear" that life is over. I am so thankful for all of you. I will keep you updated with postings here.
Much love
Lorioux

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