I just wanted to update everyone as to what is going in with my healing and treatment. I am improving slowly but steadily. The treatment regimen was to take the chemotherapy drugs for about 2 months and then evaluate how well they are working. I am almost at the end of my second month and should being having tests to evaluate the treatment in the next few weeks.
I am having many reactions to the chemotherapy drugs that are considered the side effects that go along with taking these drugs. My symptoms range from nausea and vomiting to having so many canker sores in my mouth that it makes it difficult to swallow and eat. I am learning to manage the constant back pain that has come along with all this. So, this has been challenging and I just keep moving forward.
About 3 weeks ago I noticed that my right foot had some numbness in it and I could not lift my toes very much. After a number of easy tests the doctor theorized that something was applying pressure to my spinal area causing weakness and foot numbness. We then did an MRI of my back and it was determined that I have a pressure fracture of the #10 vertebrae in the middle of my back. We think that the cancer has weakened the bone as it was one of the sites where they knew that the cancer was in or around the bone.
As you can imagine I am on various medications. I am also using a marijuana extract called CBD, this is a non-hallucinogenic molecule that helps with pain and nausea. Mark buys a tincture for me and I take one dropper full a few time a day so I don’t feel sick to my stomach. Because there is virtually no THC in this product I feel pretty good and can concentrate better.
We are letting my back heal on its own and I am Just taking it easy. I have lost about 60 pounds. Im now at 171 pounds and my hair is turning white. It’s not falling out. Its white underneath and my now 1//2″ roots are pure white. I’m quite a sight! So, my body is morphing with the treatment and its, well, interesting. But, something is happening and its positive so I am pleased about my progress.
I am going to get radiation treatment on my fractured bone site as they want to inviolate the cancer there. That process will happen this week.
Well, thats it for now. I will report any significant news as it shows up.
Thank you all for your support, cards, phone calls, texts and love. Jay