Chemocation, oh sweet chemocation. You sure have been good to me.
Since holding the Taxol my hands have returned to their original size. My appetite is much improved and the consistent nausea is all but gone.
I am grateful for this break to rebuild my body as it has been taken a slow beating over time.
Well folks, let the good times roll because we have decided to continue to hold Taxol and only pursue Avastin for the foreseeable future. I believe I touched on this a few weeks back when I mentioned that we would do a CT scan and “re-evaluate” come summertime.
Ultimately it seemed silly to go back on Taxol for one cycle knowing we may hold it again shortly after. So here is the new plan-
- Avastin (the antibody) infusion once every three weeks
- Check up with the oncologist every six weeks
- CT Scan on May 13th
If the scan shows improvement or at least no new disease, we can stick with this plan. Otherwise, I have the option to go back on Taxol. In any case, there is really no harm in just seeing if Avastin could be enough to keep me well.
One might be asking, “if Taxol has been working, why would you voluntarily drop it?”
My answer lies in faith and trust. I have faith that Avastin (alongside nourishing food/exercise/holistic practices) could be enough to give me the quality of life we have been striving for and slowly achieving after all of this time. I have trust that should this plan reach a point where is must change, we have safety nets in place. As Mom so perfectly stated today, it is perfectly okay to be cautiously optimistic.
So with that, let’s get excited for what is to come. Hopefully improved health, a new home, and a fresh chapter.