It has been a very busy past couple of weeks. The biggest excitement is that I completed my first round of Radiation and Chemo. Now I am in the middle of my 4-week break! Unfortunately, the Radiation side effects takes about 2 weeks to wear off after the first round.
I did get to keep my Radiation mask. The kids thought it was pretty funny looking and of course everyone had to try it on. I have also been leaving the mask in different places around the house to try and scare Lisa.
One thing that has been hard for me mentally was two big milestones that back in December when I was first diagnosed, I didn’t know if I would make it or not. The first one was Lisa and mines 11 year anniversary. The second was making it to Father’s day. My situation now is not as dire as what I initially thought back in December but mentally it was still something on my mind. As a Project Manager, milestones and setting goals are right up my alley 😊.
Completing this round of Chemo and Radiation also brought on some mixed emotions. I was happy for the break, but mentally its hard not to be doing something to fight the cancer. As it seems with most people’s cancer experience, the common motto is hurry up and wait.
The next rounds of Chemo will probably be harder. My current dose if Chemo is going to be double the strength. Luckily, it will be cycles of 5 days on Chemo, then 25 days off. The current plan is I will be on 6 cycles of this regiment, which should be completed just after Christmas.
Another set of good news is that I have my next MRI and appointment with my Neuro Oncologist in GR scheduled. I will have the MRI on July 17th and then I will have my appointment with the Neuro Oncologist on July 20th to review the results. The big goal here is to hopefully not have any new growth. My type of cancer does not have a cure, is considered life shorting and could come back as a different type of brain cancer (which would be very bad since my type is considered the most treatable compared to other types). However, we have done everything we can to fight this, so I feel like we are on the right track.
Overall, I am doing well. I have been able to spend a lot of time with my family which has been great. I am very thankful for how my body has reacted to the treatment. I have heard stories of people reacting worse than what I have had so far.
I like to end with a joke and my current one is a little dark… I didn’t realize that my “Middle Ages” happened when I was 15. (Totally joking, I am fighting for a lot more time 😊)