Cycle 1 Day 15: Pushing forward November 5, 2013

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  • 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)


8 Responses to “Cycle 1 Day 15: Pushing forward”

  1. Fran Kirkpatrick Says:

    Hi Cindy…I pray that the side effects will diminish as your body acclimates to the drug. I know it’s very hard to remain positive when you don’t feel good, but hang in there! You are strong lady and much loved! Fran

  2. Rob DeRossett Says:

    Hang in there, Cindy. Always praying for you. Love you.

  3. Sue Gering Says:

    Praying a good day and even better days ahead. So thankful that you are a writer and can express beautifully for those of us who love you and hesitate to ask you about your health every single day! Your faith makes all of us stronger!

  4. Carolyn Dobbins Says:

    Dear, dear Cindy,

    I love the words “wonderful stories to tell” (so true, so amazing)!

    You truly are in the hands of a mighty God. He knows. . . .

    You are definitely loved and admired, and I am blessed to know you and your story.

    Praying. . . . Carolyn

    Carolyn Dobbins 6th Grade Literature Brentwood Academy 219 Granny White Pike Brentwood, TN 37027 615-373-4764 x 313

  5. Peggy Says:

    Praying with you.

  6. Rhoda tripp Says:

    Praying for you, hon. Hoping there will be no reactions this time, I put you in Gods arms. He is so good

  7. kayce hughes Says:

    I am thinking and praying for you often.

  8. Sally Delvaux Says:

    Cindy,I’m praying with you and adding for a complete recovery! Love you, my friend!

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