Tony’s Story

Site created on October 9, 2019

Welcome to my story it so easier to give than receive. The outpouring of messages and love has been hard to consume though I am practicing. Feel free to read my story from time to time. Drop me a comment, I read them all and brings joy to my day.  Thank you all for being a rock that I can lean on during this chapter of my life. I will come out of it a better human being and be able to contribute to a whole new population of people. God Bless!

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Journal entry by Tony Bristol

Hi All, 

I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for each and every one of you. Whether you have prayed for me, sent me a message, a meal, or a treat, given me advice, called me, or just think of me on a regular basis. I feel all your love in my life and couldn't imagine going through my journey without you. I have to say when I found out I had cancer in Oct 2019 I didn't know how many Christmas' I would be around for. I hadn't developed my current mindset and although my plan is at least 28 more I know it is all in God's hands. He has been making himself very present in my life in the last 2 weeks. 

Some amazing things have happened in the last few days. I had a cardio stress test yesterday. I communicated in my previous post about my previous heart echocardiogram results. I don't know how to explain the recent changes with my heart. Some may say the beta-blockers I started taking 10 days ago could be kicking in already (normally takes 2-3 weeks to see results). I also started my new chemo treatment 10 days ago. My body was certainly under stress before my first treatment which would mean the new chemo cocktail is going after those nasty irregular cancer cells and winning. I won't know how well things are going till my next scan though I can tell that I went from about a 3 out of 10 six weeks ago to 5 or 6 out of 10 in the last 4 weeks with my meditation and light exercising to an 8 out of 10 in the last 5 days. Things are definitely heading in the right direction. Getting back to my stress test results I received this morning at 7:30 am, my largest issue was my left ventricular ejection factor on my previous test. What is an ejection fraction? An ejection fraction of 60% means that 60% of the total amount of blood in the left ventricle is pushed out with each heartbeat. My last test had an ejection fraction of 44% on Dec 2nd. 41 - 49 is considered borderline and 50 - 70 is normal. My result from yesterday's test was 57%!!!!!!! HOW AMAZING IS THAT. One could even say miraculous. My previous cardio doctor's visit on this matter was very bleak and that I was going to have to deal with this for the rest of my life. My cardio doc was going to start to increase heart meds to a more aggressive level and increase the amounts of meds. In his message this morning he said we will stay with the current plan and stick with low dosage beta-blockers. I have a follow-up on Monday with my cardio doc where I try to convince him I don't need heart meds 😄.

The other amazing thing that happened yesterday was that I got approved to have the Moderna COVID19 vaccine and will be taking my first dose on January 2nd with my booster happening in early Feb. By the middle of Feb I should be protected which will not only give me peace of mind though also those around me. Thank God for this pre-Christmas present.

I have my next chemo treatment on Monday and look forward to continuing to feel better. I finally feel like I am able to strengthen my body. I am meditating on my liver and am sure at my next scan the same miraculous results I am seeing with my heart will be present in my liver.

Keep the prayers coming, they are making a difference in many ways. Love you all and Happy Holidays. For those who celebrate Christmas, I will wish you all a very special day tomorrow, one of intimate and safe family gatherings, authentic communications, and love.

Tony

 

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