New Cocktail to Fight the Beast

Let me set the mood … Lori is crocheting in the rocking chair, and I am blogging away. We are on  the 5th floor (Penthouse) of CTCA, an open breeze pavilion decked out with teak furniture, cushions and a wonderful breeze.

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Today we heard most of the things we were expecting to here from Dr. Randolph. The cancer under my arms and in my armpits is the same as the cancer we have been battling. This has some good ramifications. The Gemzar we were taking was effective on this cancer so we are starting our cocktail off with it. The Erbitux was allowing the cancer to grow so it is out. Abraxane is the new elixir we are going to throw at it. We are looking at 3 weeks  – on and 1 week – off. This will make one cycle. After two cycles we will have a PET scan to see if the cancer is retreating, maintaining, or progressing. If the cocktail is too hard on my blood counts, we have the option to drop to a 2 weeks – on and 1 week – off. If we do that, who knows when the PET scan will come.

Got some prayer requests that really need to be lifted up…

First is a dear friend, Gene. He has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is dealing with a lot of pain. Secondly, Lori’s niece Jessica was in the hospital last night and her symptoms point to the beginning stages of congestive heart failure .Also, Jessica’s husband Bryant was diagnosed with the same type of cancer I have except his is on his back. I am such a clod of an uncle that’s all the details I have on that. Next, our friend Doug I.. has taken a turn for the worse according to his wife. We don’t have any details beyond that. Also a distant relative, Jimmy lost his wife during surgery for cancer in her abdomen this week. Jimmy and his daughter can really use the prayers in their time of loss. Our dear friends Carroll and Sharon who lost their husbands to the beast this year. Jenny and Cran, and James in the too too soon loss of their son and twin brother John. Also, take some time to pray for the care givers at CTCA, specifically the following… Kelly, Shelly, Kim, Brion, Harris, Joey, Randy, Amanda, Richard, Claire, Taylor, Kathy, Leah, Marcia and many more.

I thank you for keeping up with what is going on. I really appreciate those who take time to pray for me and those I mention. God constantly shows us He is in control and I would have it no other way,

God bless, Good night,

Alan

That’s Not Exactly What I Wanted to Hear, Doc

There are times in your life where you’ve gotten all “prayed up”, you have everyone that loves you praying for you, you even have that gut feeling that all was going to go your way. Only to have the legs kicked out from under you again.

So let’s look at this from a spiritual standpoint first and foremost. God was in control before the appointment just as He is now that we have gotten the news. Lori and I will still be faithful and will praise His name throughout.

OK, now for a “what’s going on” standpoint. Dr. Randolph told us the cancer has progressed and I am going to have more chemotherapy. The lymph nodes under my armpits are enlarged, lit up, and almost certainly malignant. The left side of my neck is lit up most likely due to the surgery I had a couple of months ago. I also have some action on the right side of my neck which is almost certainly cancer. On a positive note, the cancer is not in any of my organs. Brain is clear, along with lungs, liver, kidneys, et al.

Now what are we going to do about it. First we praise the Creator of the Universe. He alone is worthy of praise. Secondly, we lean on the common grace He has made available to us all through medicine. I will take Gemzar and Taxol. I will have treatment week one, week two, and will have a break on week three. This will make up a cycle. I’m not certain at this point how many cycles will be prescribed before another PET/CT scan.

What are we expecting as an outcome? That the glory of God will be made undeniably evident to someone who is involved in our situation and a soul would be saved. Secondarily, that this cocktail of chemo will be enough to purge cancer from my body and I will be able to grow old with Lori, see my kids grow up, graduate from college, marry, give us grandkids (IN THAT ORDER!).

So that’s where we at. Please keep us on you prayers as we are still in dire need.

Love you all!

Alan

May 3rd, 2013

Lori and I headed down to CTCA today for my 4th treatment of Gemzar and Erbitux. We left out a little early and got down there about 40 minutes ahead of schedule, they took us back immediately to draw labs, and Lori and I were thinking “this is great. We’ll get pushed through”. Wrong. The very next appointment was 15 minutes late and it went downhill from there. We ended up about 40 minutes late getting to chemotherapy. On the plus side, now that I have proven that I do not have infusion reactions, they are able to bump up the speed of the infusion. We dropped from 4.5 hours to 3.5 hours.

Oh well. It was overall still a very pleasant day. The people there are always nice and make every visit calm and pleasant.