Thank you to everyone who responded to my post. My oncologist said the kidney pain is probably the cistplatin, although the Gemzar also can be hard on them.
My diet has changed to lighter foods, chicken & fish only, eggs and salads, steamed vegetables. I'm also big on nutritional shakes with whey protein, wheat grass & chopped kale, fresh fruit & berries, or frozen when I can't find enough fresh I like. It seems to help with my blood work a bit and it's easier to swallow and eat than a meal. I also have a fondness for cheese and crackers and indulge it!
If my CT & MRI at the end of May show stability with the smaller tumors, my doctor is talking about me taking a break from chemo to give my body a rest. What does everyone have to say about this suggestion?
Thanks to all of you out there. Sometimes when I feel so alone with this arbitrary disease I just think of you all and those who have gone on before and it makes me feel better.