And a new journey begins.
I have been thinking about all of you a lot lately, as I begin another Cancer journey. I feel this site is a safe place for me to chat and share my fears and concerns, I do not want my information to be "all over the web" so to speak. Early in June I was diagosed with "small cell lung cancer" It is not curable, or operable but I do have a 60% chance of going into remission. I have chosen to fight this cancer. About a year ago my Husband of 42 years passed away and I do not feel my children deserve to lose another parent so soon. He was my rock and my best friend, it has been a difficult year. So even a few more years will be better than my leaving this world too soon. I am 63 years old, was diagnosed with CML in June 2009 and fortunately was in complete response. I am praying I stay that way. The Hemotologists and Oncologists admit there have not been a whole lot of people in the same situation I am in. I told them to write a paper about me and maybe become famous. I am having Chemo and Radiation and still on my Gleevec. Also I take a drug called Leukine to boost my white cells when they tank after Chemo. That is a daily shot for up to 10 days. It causes severe bone pain but I have meds for that too. My Iron and red blood count are low too. I have had Red blood transfusions and Iron transfusions. No one can find where I am bleeding from. I have had a myriad of tests. This kind of lung cancer is a very aggressive fast spreader. It tends to spread to the brain, the liver, the bones and the stomach. All my tests showed it has not. I feel lucky about that. But when treatment is over they will radiate my brain anyway as a precaution just in case any rogue cells fly loose. Apparantly Chemo can not enter the brain so radiation will be the treatment. Please do not ask if I am a smoker, it is a sensitive subject for me right now. When my hubby died of a sudden heart attack I actually had someone ask me if he smoked (during his memorial service) I was appalled! If I had said yes would they have said "oh well, his fault" If I had said No would they have said "oh what a shame"!? One day I will tell you all.
Thanks for listening.