Wednesday, February 2, 2011

No more chemo

That's the good news. Looking forward to growing my hair back and regaining my appetite.

And the bad news? 12 months of chemo and radiation have failed to destroy the cancers. Last week's CT scan showed that the disease has progressed in both liver and lungs and there are now some lymph nodes involved. My CEA reading is again elevated - I wasn't told by how much.

The oncologist has given me "months". I intend to make the most of whatever time I have left.


  1. Good news is good indeed - getting your appetite back will be important now, eating well and keeping yourself as healthy as you can will now not be hindered by lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting etc.

    Bad news is not what I was hoping to hear Joan :-(.... but living your life to the full and making the most of whatever time you have left is absolutely the right way to be thinking.

    They are not always correct when they give people a 'time' - it's not set in stone.

    Hugs to you both xxxx

  2. As sad as I am to hear the news, I am happy to hear your positive attitude. I hope you get your appetite back soon, and can enjoy life without feeling so sick. You really have been through a lot! More than most can handle. Have you thought about seeking a second opinion? There seems to be new treatments coming out all the time. The important thing is that you do what's best for you. Keeping you in my prayers, Tina

  3. I was so sorry to read this but I think you and Kev can enjoy the rest of your time together without all those side effects. You have been so strong and have fought such a good fight, I do hope your "months" are filled with love, joy and contentment. As Carole says time is just an estimate, not set in stone. Take Care/I Care very much........:-)Hugs

  4. Joan, the previous comments have said it all. Just know that you are surrounded by loving friends. Sheila

  5. Joan, I am not ready to lose another blogging buddy to this terrible disease! It breaks my heart to hear this news. The decision to stop treatment, I am sure, was not taken lightly. I admire your courage and grace. I pray that the lingering side effects of chemo will subside so you can enjoy quality of life and time spent with loved ones. May peace, love and joy surround you! Love, WW

  6. Oh Joan, I am so sorry to read this blog. You are such an inspiration. I wish you and your family everything you wish for and more in those "months". Love, Jan