WARNING: Some of the Content here may be Objectionable to some. I have this blog labeled as "Adult Only" as a common courtesy for those who may easily be offended by Adult topics such as the Truth, Down to Earth topics, realities of living with Ovarian Cancer and/or any life threatening disease that goes along with it; Sexuality, Medicinal Cannabis, Profanity, and of course plenty of unpleasant body functions are also discussed here. This is a very tough battle for which I don't intend to hold anything back on what I am facing.

This blog is very personal and comes from the heart of a real fighting cancer patient who wishes nothing more than to live for all of those I love my own will to live, and my love of life. While sometimes I might be on heavy medication (prescribed by my doctor) and occasionally I might write about things or subjects that one may never even think about or consider; so please consider that as well. Yes; whacked out things might even be found here; but I mean everything in all good intentions.

This blog is not at all intended for the faint hearted, those who lack a sense of humor, have no idea what down to earth means, greedy mean people, and/or those who don't know how to share the world with others, and especially those who are unable to easily put themselves into the shoes of others. This blog is mostly about my journey of living my life in the best ways that I can under the Golden Rule and appreciating all of the GOOD KHARMA that comes my way! Never take anything in this world for granted; especially family and friends!

Monday, August 11, 2008

A New Beginnng...Start of Chemo...

Today was a very life changing day for me. I went in to work today to announce my plans of going on Medical Leave in order to start my battle with this chemotherapy. Today while at work, I mostly needed to finish a few projects and to get my desk ready for a temp or for others who may be able to fill in for me while I am away. I had several concerned co-workers call and/or come over to see me because they had heard that I would be away and it was comforting to hear from them of their intentions of putting me on a prayer list or just that they were sending me healing vibes for a full recovery (I would be happy with just a partial)

What also made my day good was that perhaps many people today were thinking of me when they were doing number 2 because I must have gone a dozen or so times today. It always feels weird when I tell others of my problems with going to the bathroom and that they should consider their day a complete blessing (& I hope you are too if you are reading this:) if they are able to do a number 2 that day. I sometimes tell them that when they are able to next time, to make a wish for me that I am able to go too! Well I was just happy to be able to go and that made for a good day. But it could be the Pootie cookies that I just made.

I also just took my first Etoposide pill tonight with a huge 1 and half quart of water. Look at the size of that pill! Just kidding! No its not really that big (but not much smaller than that size), see I am full of shit! What a huge pill to take and I will see how I feel tomorrow if I feel like going to work. I have a few more things at work to complete before I am able to start my Medical Leave which should officially start next Monday. If the chemo knocks me on my ass, then as soon as Wednesday. We will see.

Check out the size of that pill and perhaps you can see some of those side effects from the warning pamphlet. (click on the photograph to see if you can read the side effects, if not here is another version)

NOTE: the chemo treatments that I will be trying out for a while (not sure how long, but I will post often) are Etoposide and Avastin. I will be taking 1 50mg Capsule of the Etoposide every day for 2 weeks (I have to take it around the same time every day), 1 week off and every 3 weeks a 30 minute drip of Avastin. Tomorrow will be the 2 hour very 1st drip of the Avastin.

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1 comment:

Michelle said...

Sad to hear it! :( I do love your blog though. Good luck!!

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My techniques and treatments work simply for me and may not produce the same results for others. Cancer is a very tricky disease in which it is very different in everyone it touches. No two cancers are the same just as we humans are not the same. What works for me may not work for others.

I love life and expect to live for as long as I can. I intend to use those treatments that do work for me which includes medicinal cannabis. I'm still alive with this disease over 7 years later because of this miracle plant and as long as I have my medicine available; I intend to survive many more years. I hope one day the Federal Government will eventually grow up and be led by true leaders who represent the people and not just coorporations; real people who live by the Golden Rule "treat others how you would want to be treated". I also hope the Government of the US can finally learn to admit that it has made a mortal mistake in making this life saving plant which is provided by GOD and does indeed have the ability to provide all of us with food, fuel, clothing, shelter, and medicine; a mistake that have made is that it is illegal. Yes, it was a mistake out of greed, ignorance, and racism that this miracle plant is illegal. This is a confirmed fact and we should all know and face it.

Cannabis is not at all harmful and in fact quite the opposite. Perhaps our economy can once again grow as it has in the turn of the century by making this life saving plant legal once again.

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