Category Archives: Cancer Journey

My Personal Cancer Journey — A Pain-Filled Day

My day yesterday (and it looks like today will be no different) was filled with back pain. Any slight movement produced a sharp, excruciating stab of pain. Because the pain originates in the right kidney area, I fear that it … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Pluses and Minuses

This could be an interesting day! I woke this morning with severe back pain in a region of my back that usually does not bother me. Like most old folks I have back pain, but it is typically in the … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Program Alert

I’m a bit anxious today since the side effects began to kick in on the day after my treatment, during the last round of chemo. We’ll see what this week brings. We watched a program last night on PBS, entitled,┬áCancer: … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Cycle #2

Today, I began my second cycle with the Avastin-Abraxane cocktail. I am dreading it in a way since the side effects from the first cycle have been many and varied, and difficult to deal with. On the other hand, I … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Another Surprise Side-Effect

And the list of side-effects keeps increasing! Even though some of the side-effects from my chemotherapy have diminished, at least in intensity, others continue unabated. My hair is still thinning (I wonder how many days it will take for me … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — A Respite Ahead

I am looking forward to next week, my week off from chemotherapy. Hopefully, some of the nagging side-effects will disappear or at least be less noticeable. The globs of hair around the drain make me wonder if I will have … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Insomnia Too

Could Insomnia be another side effect of my cancer treatment, or is tonight, and several recent nights, just the normal sleeping pattern for an old man? I must say that I have had many sleepless nights in recent years, so … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — More, Different Side-Effects?

I wonder what other surprises my cancer has for me down the road. Yesterday and today, I was greeted with yet another, different side-effect from this regimen of chemo – rectal bleeding (sorry for the distasteful subject matter). I guess … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Surprise in the Shower

After washing my hair in the shower yesterday, I felt a wad of cotton-like material. I pulled it off my face and placed it in the soap dish, wondering what it was and where it came from. Then I looked … Continue reading

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Treating Anemia

My anemia has gotten worse. Several years ago, my primary care physician told me that I was borderline anemic. It was quite a surprise since I always considered myself a man’s man and anemia implies weakness. However, the numbers do … Continue reading

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