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I'm free

As I noted in an update to my earlier post, my chemotherapy has ended. My raditation treatments have also. Eight weeks have passed and I feel like I did when I started.

There have been a few changes. Between chemo and the immuneotherapy I had last year, I lost almost 75 lbs. No problem I was heavy to start with, My hair is gone. Not that there was much to start with. I use a baseball cap when outdoors. Now it will be interesting to see what color my hair will be when it growns back in? It was dark brown before. Will it be brown, red, blonde, green? Better not be green, the wife may not want to be seen with me at church then.

A little known fact- Some chemo patients do have their hair come in a slightly different color after treatment.

This week I go for a bunch of tests. Chest X-ray, bloodwork, and a cat scan of my brain. Then I go back to the oncologist Tuesday of next week to get the results. Remember I started treatment because brain tumors were discovered the end of next year.

I hate waiting for results. Any cancer patient will tell you its the pits. I hope to report back next week sounding like former baseball player Dizzy Dean. "They x-rayed my head and found nothing." One or two Wizbang readers may say that's true with or without the chemo.

I'm trying to stay positive. The survival stats for Stage IV malignant melanoma are very scary.(Less than a year) There was one lady, Kim Wheeler, who lived some 26 or 27 years at Stage IV. I'd be happy with half of that.

All so I can put up with people running out of gas in the middle of Lantana Road, my family members watching Filipino TV and most particularly Wowowee, our cat named Misay chasing a noodle over the house, and all sorts of fun things. It is better than the alternative.

Thank you to all Wizbang readers who wished me well through my treatments.


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I could think of a thousand... (Below threshold)

I could think of a thousand cliches here, but none of them could convey my best wishes and prayers. Oh to hell with it, I'll go with Mr. Spock,

"Live long and prosper."

Good to hear about the trea... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Good to hear about the treatments ending, Bill--that must be a huge relief. We'll all continue to wish you well, of course! And I'll be praying for some good test results!

I remember when I got my cl... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

I remember when I got my clear results back. the high is great. Unfortunately I crashed 2 weeks later when my mother died.

As for hair, mine came back pretty much the same color, but the individuals strands are much finer.

As for suvival. I was stage IV, Lymphoma. I was prounouced clear in 1995, 13 years ago. Wishing you similar luck.

Bill-I just discovered wizb... (Below threshold)
ArmyReserveWife:

Bill-I just discovered wizbangblog today. So I haven't been following your journey. I will say a pray for you and believe God with you for good results and healing!

God bless!

Bill, I'm glad to hear your... (Below threshold)

Bill, I'm glad to hear your treatments have ended. I'll be praying a good report from your oncologist.

The hardest part is not kno... (Below threshold)
glenn:

The hardest part is not knowing, when you know you can deal with almost anything. 14 years after my diagnosis and sucessful surgery I can go days at a time without thinking about it.

I'll be praying for you as ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I'll be praying for you as well! I enjoy your posts and look forward to many more in the future. Keep strong!

I've seen grey hair come ba... (Below threshold)
epador:

I've seen grey hair come back red (and not from a bottle), but more often its grey on return if it changes color.

HOWEVER, if you really have a sense of humor, start dying the stubble green and bring in a box of Miracle Grow for your next check up to tell everyone how great it works.

Good luck and God Bless.

Glad to hear you are doing ... (Below threshold)
buffy:

Glad to hear you are doing better. As one who has gone through an operation to remove the tumor and then chemo for stage 3 colon cancer I can understand where you're at. I go back to the doc for my first 6 week follow up on Thursday. Chemo is really a drag. It's tough having to to put up with having your body injected with poison to beat the cancer. It does funky things to you and your mental capabilities. My son asked me once during the 6 month chemo treatments where I would like to go out to dinner as a celebration that the treatments were almost up. I told him that I wanted to go anywhere that didn't remind me of a chemo pump. :)
Best to you...hope it turns out well.

Hang in there - a good atti... (Below threshold)
MrJimm:

Hang in there - a good attitude is half the battle.

Wizbang has a LOT of readers out here (much thanks to you, BTW) and we're all pulling for you.

All the best, Bill to you a... (Below threshold)
Elroy Jetson:

All the best, Bill to you and your family. Kick cancer in the a**. I'm rooting for you.

God Bless.The anxi... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

God Bless.

The anxiety of waiting for results truly sucks, hope yours are great.

BillMay you live to ... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Bill
May you live to be very old, hale and
cranky on a sun warmed porch poking fun
at passers by. God bless.

Good luck with the results ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Good luck with the results and I'll pray for the best.

Bill,Good to hear ... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

Bill,

Good to hear that your treatments are over. I hope all goes well with the tests, and that you get to witness plenty more Filipino TV and noodle-chasing cats...

Congratulations, Bill! One... (Below threshold)

Congratulations, Bill! One more step completed . . . best of luck with the tests. I hope your results come quickly and bring good news. My continued prayers and good wishes for you and your family.

Maggie ~ He does most of that already!

Jim, we should get him a po... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Jim, we should get him a pointed stick!

Best wishes!... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Best wishes!

Good luck Bill! I'm with ya... (Below threshold)
Elliott:

Good luck Bill! I'm with ya man. I finished chemo for Stage IV lymphoma on January 10th. My last 3 scans have been completely clear but I still stress out every time I get one and have to wait for that phone call with the results.

My hair has started coming back (beard too) and I'm finally looking like myself again but it looks like my brown hair is coming back mostly gray. I hope yours doesn't do that!

Best wishes to you.

Congrats, Bill. I'm lucky, ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Congrats, Bill. I'm lucky, the mitomycin doesn't seem to be thinning my hair out very much. All in all, I have it easy, and I pray you will see constant improvement.

My blood work keeps coming back okay, and I'm grateful for being able to live in a town where treatment is close and easy. Btw, not to pry but who is your insurance? UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has treated me like I'm the CEO's favorite brother - so I hope you've had no troubles with the forms and the files.




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