Saturday, March 31, 2012
OK, so I didn't win Mega Millions, but so far I appear to be winning the Cancer lottery. I went in for my monthly CT-scan and meeting with my doctor, who told me, "you're an oddity."
Seems I'm beating the odds for pancreatic cancer. I'm not cured - but the tumor isn't growing. And I'm not the only one. He says he has a few other patients who are like me. That seems to indicate this particular type of chemo is effective - for some people. I'll take those odds!
I'm feeling good, eating like a pack of hungry wolves (OK that's a problem) and totally enjoying my chemo holiday. I'm planning to participate in "Purplestride DC," a 5K walk on June 16th to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. I guess that means I'd better start training...
"National Call-in Advocacy Day" is June 26th. If you can, call your Congressman and demand for funding for research. I know journalists can't do it, but regular people with rights can!
I'm going back to Johns Hopkins in a couple of weeks for a PET-scan. My doctor wants to see what's going on with the tumor and if I'm eligible for surgery. If not, he wants me to consider immunization therapy. It's different from chemo, and comes with its own set of side effects. Fingers are crossed....