Topic: Light at the end of the tunnel so to speak...
OK, quick summary: Resection 9/14/11 at Sloan Kettering (3/4 of liver, gall bladder, 7 lymph nodes, reconstructed bile duct out of small intestine) with all clean margins, wasn't officially diagnosed with CC until 5 days after surgery when pathology came back (it was 1cm x 0.7cm x 0.5cm in the bile duct only), returned home to FL 11/1/11 and back in Sarasota Memorial Hospital 11/2 with a 5" abscess, added a drain in the center of my chest, it took 7 weeks for bile to stop leaking, drain came out 12/27/12 started adjuvant chemo on 1/13/12 with no real 'plan' in place.
Found out today that I only have one chemo cycle to go! Gemzar only for one cycle was in Jan. We then added Cisplatin and I'm getting my 2nd dose of round 3 Gemzar/Cisplatin combo right now, next Friday is the off day, then 2 more doses for the 4th cycle and chemo will officially be DONE!! I will then have a CT to see what there is to see and schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist for adjuvant radiation therapy.
It's been a heck of a journey so far and I've met a ton of great people on this blog, everyone cares so much about everyone else even though they are thousands of miles apart and probably have never met... I find it very therapeutic to be able to write posts, read others posts, and share with everyone else who is dealing with this disease.
I've probably had 13-15 CT's over the past 6 months, and every one after surgery has had nothing to report. The last one was 1/13/12, the first day of chemo. Did the CT in the morning, chemo in the afternoon so I'm not going to give in to scanxiety, forget about it! Hope you all have a great weekend, I'll be jacked up from the steroids tonite, going to a friend's surprise 50th birthday party, and heck, one beer won't kill me so I may indulge a bit!! Oh yes, since I won't be able to sleep, gonna grab that fishing pole around 1am and have some fun for an hour or so too! We got 3 keeper speckled trouts Saturday last weekend with my brother in town (daughter caught 2 18"ers and son caught one 17"er) and that was Sunday dinner, fed 6 people!! See ya!
Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (12)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...