- 1st treatment: Reaction during treatment but minimal side effects in the following week.
- 2nd treatment: No reaction during treatment but fairly constant side effects in the following week.
Days 8-15 were not good. I was sick, sick, sick, and I often wondered how I could handle weeks of this if I continued.
When I reported symptoms today, however, once again the response was rapid. I’m now on an anti-nausea regime every six hours for the next 2 days; I have a med to handle other issues as well. I’m going to rest today and a bit tomorrow and pay close attention to how I’m feeling so I can react appropriately, especially for the next three days.
There was also good news today. I learned that my numbers are strong, which may indicate that the drug might be having an effect on my immune system and resetting it to recognize the cancer. I remind myself that the purpose of the trial is not to treat my cancer but to gather information on the effectiveness of the drug. I know that that seems to be splitting a fine line, but that’s why drug companies put drugs into a trial—to see if and how the drug might work. There are no promises for participants in a clinical trial, but I must admit that it’s exciting for me to know that something is in development that may offer a treatment for people like me.
Therefore, I’m praying that this is a break-even week, one that will look like this:
- 3rd treatment: No reaction during treatment, and minimal side effects in the following week.
Ah, a girl can dream. Three down in this cycle, and one to go. I’m pushing forward, no matter what. There have been and will be too many wonderful stories to tell.
Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. (Psalm 40:5, NIV)