Thursday, November 9, 2017

Update

Well, my CT scan in July showed some increased activity in the tumors on my liver. My CEA, an indicator of colon cancer activity, number has been going up dramatically over the last 6 months. This has led the doctor to start me on a different drug that is a one hour infusion every two weeks. The side effects are moderate with an itchy rash over my upper torso, neck and head. I am on anti-antibiotics so I don't get an infection and to reduce the intensity of the rash. I also have to put lotions and medicated lotions on myself to reduce the spreading and itching. Everything works relatively well, I suppose. I still itch, constantly. But I am able to get on with my life.

I had my first CT scan since starting the new medication. I should have the results next week. I am still active. My wife and I hike each weekending at least 4 miles. We try to walk daily, also.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

It has been five years since I was diagnosed.

Well, it has been almost five years since I had my first colonoscopy and found out I had colon cancer. I had surgery in the new few weeks and was cancer free for almost a year. In December right before Christmas I found out that my cancer was back and had spread to my liver. We immediately started chemotherapy. For six months I was infused with medicines in 3.5 hour sessions every three weeks as well as daily pills. My side effects were not horrible but I did get neuropathy in finger and feet. Coldness, sensitive to pressure, blisters, etc. I guess the worst was that one of the medicines built up in my system and was causing issues with my mind. My wife said I was a different person at that time. The good news is that all this effort shrank the lesions on my liver.

I am now on a 30 minute infusion every three weeks that has no side effects that I am aware of. They will come, according to the doctor. He says I will be on these for the rest of my life. I am glad I survived and recommend colonoscopies to everyone starting at age 50.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Me Part 2 of ?

I grew up in northern Louisiana, part of the bible belt of the United States. Growing up in a Baptist household most likely instilled many of my values that I still hold today. My extended family was very close. I learned a lot from everyone. Conservatism must have come from the values held by my family. Libertarian-ism may have come from my rural upbringing. Very few people looked to the government for anything and many wanted the government to stay out of their lives completely. I am an orginalist when comes to the U. S. Constitution. Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America by Mark Levin really opened my eyes to what the courts have done to destroy the intent of the constitution.

I heard a story a while back about the first time that the federal government had given money to help disaster victims. It seems there was flood that killed many people the this southern representative had voted to give taxpayer funds to the victims. Later he was campaigning to be re-elected and was walking down a country lane asking people for their vote. One gentleman farmer stopped the representative and said that he could not vote for him. When asked why he said it was because he had set a precedent by voting to give taxpayer funds away and that it would not stop with the flood victims. I wish I could remember the details and verify the story but it has stuck with me.

I like to listen and read writings from conservative commentators. While I am not religious and I do not agree with everything they say I think they have many of my values.

I am not a huge fan of Libertarians because many, like Rand Paul, are isolationists and I just don't think we can ignore the rest of the world and remain safe.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Me Part 1 of ?

I call myself an atheist. I use this term, purposely. It tells my christian friends that I do not believe in their god. This has been true since I was around 15 or 16. I do think that an intelligence could exist in the universe but so far I have not seen or heard of any evidence of such a being. So until then I am a true atheist.

I started reading about mythology in high school. Roman and Greek mythologies were the first as these were more well known to me. These gods were reflections of humanity even to extremes. Then I found a book on the Norse myths. These gods were unlike anything I had read before. While the Norse gods were also reflections of their worshipers I found them vastly different and darker than the Roman or Greek gods. They were also very cool.

These mythologies got me to thinking. These people believed their gods were real just like those people at my church. I think you see my point.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Scan results came in.

Doc said my scan results looked good. The tiny tumor on my liver did not get any bigger. They did shrink in my last scan, three months ago. So this was the best news we could really hope for. I think he had said that the tumor was only a millimeter or so after it shrank. It was a great relief that my current medication was doing its job.

Thanks for everyone's support.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Update

Did my CT Scan this morning. Not a big deal. Just no solid food before the procedure and drinking a barium compound. During they injected me with a die that show up in the scans. It causes me to flush and get a metallic taste in my mouth. The tech was real nice. I had her last time I did this.

Now we wait until Friday for the results, anxiously.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Status

When my cancer came back last year I went to a dark place. I just knew my life was over. I had thought that the surgery removed all of the cancer. For almost a year I was in a happy place. Then news of cancer spots on my liver scared the shit out of me. Now I am on chemo-therapy for life.

At first is was horrible. The meds made me crazy. I could not remember things. My wife said it was like I wasn’t there all the time. There were blisters on my feet, numbness in my hands and feet and the sensitivity to cold was the worst, especially since I started all this in January. When I would drive my car, it was like all I could do to keep it on the road. There was not much nausea but I was never very hungry. I slept a lot, too. My infusions were three to four hours every three weeks. Not painful but very boring.

My next CT scan was a surprise. Not only had my tumors not gotten any bigger but had actually shrank. We were elated. The doctor took me off most of the medications that caused the worst side effects. I would just on massive doses of on medication in tablets and one thirty minute infusion every three weeks. But I was still have memory issues and sleeping quite a bit. The doctor took me off of the tablets and left me with the infusion. I have felt a lot more like myself since then.

I had to relearn a lot of things most people take for granted. Showering and falling asleep at night seemed all new to me. I know it is strange but that is how it felt.

I have another CT scan scheduled in October. Fear is creeping up on me again. What if the tumor grows? I might have to go on another type of infusion. The doctor said I might have to get a “port”, a surgically implanted needle with an exposed piece that they can hook to a portable device. I would have to use this device two hours a day and go in every two weeks to get it refilled. This terrifies me.