Thursday, July 16, 2009

07.16.2009 - Another Round of Chemo

On 07.16.2009, I had another round of chemotherapy. I had a MRI the prior day, 07.15.2009, and the results of the scan were that my tumor was stable and unchanged. My neurooncologist was very impressed that I was able to work full-time, run three times a week, and lift weights three times a week while doing the therapy and that my energy levels were excellent. He mentioned that when people ask him if they can continue working while doing the therapy, he will now reply, "Russ does it." We decided to continue the current course of treatment and expect to do that until we get to the two year mark, which will be three months.

We had to leave the house early for the chemotherapy today and our sister-in-law really helped us out by watching all the kids. My wife ran some errands while I was receiving the chemo and saw the new Harry Potter movie. Due to the benadryl they gave me intravenously, I slept for most of the four hours that I was there.

I am home now and could be feeling better. I would call my current state mediocre, but not terrible. I am slightly nauseous. I took some anti-nausea medication a little over an hour ago and it is helping. I am really grateful for all my supportive friends and family. It is amazing how many people post supportive comments regarding my treatment status on Facebook. Thank you so much.

For those of you who don't know how you could do it, you could do it. It sounds hard and it is hard, but when faced with something that can and will kill you if you do nothing, you have two choices...fight it and live, or ignore the situation and die. I think the choice is simple. YOU FIGHT. I think you would all do the same thing.


Lynette said...

Thanks for the advice. I am always so happy to hear the positive news. You have amazed us all!
Just keep kicking that tumor out of your life. You are an inspiration to us all.

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