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Mar. 13th, 2007 | 09:58 am

To begin let me just say thank you once again to every one who has been commenting and emailing and sending me all of your good vibes/prayers/energy/wishes/love/etc etc. I swear I will get back to you individually when I feel better and you'll be happy to know that it is all working! I finally talked to my other Oncologist yesterday. She said that my exam last Monday was "amazing" and that even before beginning the HDR last week that the tumor was already 70% gone, which apparently doesn't usually happen very often with just external radiation and chemo.

So, there is little to no doubt that by the end of March/beginning of April I will be cancer free! And though there is always a chance that it may come back, at this point the prognosis is about an 80% (statistics only, of course) chance that it won't, so if all goes well I will NEVER have to deal with this shit again!

The only downside is that the last two-three weeks are the hardest and this new therapy is kicking my ass pretty bad. Most days I'm in bed minimum of 16 hours I think after the second HDR on Friday I slept around 26 hours between Fri and Sat. Crazy. But, it's good to know that at least if I have to suffer through crappy days it's actually doing something and I know above anybody else that I AM SO LUCKY to have this be as minimal as it is and to be young and strong and have good enough kidneys to process the most effective chemo drug without long-term damage to anything else. So, that's the health update. Yesterday I did find out some very weird facts though.


I was talking to one of the nurses about how my PCP doc kept telling me, "Statistically this should not be happening to you," and she told me this story about her mom's friend who is a 70 YEAR OLD NUN that just got diagnosed with cervical cancer. It seems the only reason they could come up with for her getting it was from HPV that she likely contracted from a speculum on previous exams. Apparently the medical community didn't feel it was necessary to use high-heat sanitation on metal speculums UNTIL THE EARLY 90's. Can you believe that crap? So, who knows how many people have contracted it that way?

I also learned that while you undergoing anti-cancer treatments you should NOT take or eat things that contain anti-oxidants because they want as many free radicals in your body as possible to destroy the cancer. And that there are a lot of new studies coming out that say that ingesting a lot of anti-oxidants in general may actually be bad for you and cause cancer in the first place. Who knew? This does not mean that I am giving up garlic or drinking green tea, but I sometimes think that it really is true that everything should be done in moderation, even the "healthy" stuff because I don't believe that anyone really knows what "healthy stuff" is anymore. Or if they ever did. Especially when I realized a few weeks ago that the Ibuprofen I take is fumed with Carnuba Wax and Silica Gel to make it shiny and keep it dry. Great. I'm ingesting what I wax my truck with and what comes with new shoes that explicitly says "Silica Gel: DO NOT EAT" on the package. No wonder I have cancer.

Also a word of warning to guys out there who are taking testoterone that may have to go in for some form of sedation and/or GYN procedure: the parameters for IV Sedation and IV pain meds that most docs have usually DO NOT take into consideration that higher T levels can make you metabolize these meds faster than women metabolize them. It doesn't always happen because everybody is different, but it is something that you may want to consider mentioning to your doc.

Basically my docs/nurses told me that with amount of drugs they pumped into me it should have knocked my ass out for at least four hours and I came out of it within two. This is also likely why when I was under general before I came out of it enough to kick my other asshole doc and they had to dose me again mid-procedure. They were taking all the dosing into consideration as if I were female. Why? We don't know. I will (once again) chalk it up to the far-reaching medical community still having few studies ongoing and little research done on the health of trans people in general. I really hope that in the next decade or so this can change. Anyway...


So, those are my random facts of the day. I have radiation in a little while and should probably shower before going in. I'm nice that way.

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Wintry Mix

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from: snakeyesboy
date: Mar. 13th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Those facts are kind of insane! You are really keeping a level head around this, at least via LJ. I hope the radiation is better this time around - I can't believe the finish line is so close. That must feel great!

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from: carmel71
date: Mar. 13th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well with all of this..........physically and mentally (it seems). -Not that I thought you'd handle it any differently.
I very much appreciate your blogs; it's reassuring knowing how you are doing and hearing it from you. Thank you for that!
You keep on hangin in there................the end is near! Know that you have mucho love and positive thoughts sent your way from your friends in the sunshine state! :)
xo -carmel

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from: hetalksinmaths_
date: Mar. 13th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
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wow, i'm so happy for your positive prognosis! that's awesome. i'm sorry that the hard part's coming up, but maybe the light at the end of the tunnel will make it more bearable? take care of yourself, and thanks for the updates. i do read, even when i don't comment.

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Hypotenuse Wolf

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from: expanding_x_man
date: Mar. 14th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
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I'm really happy that you are coming out of this with such a positive prognosis and -- what looks like a cure coming up in time! Hang in there Tiger -- you are almost there. I am very glad to hear this.

Thanks for the health info also.

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Good News!

from: mom_worry
date: Mar. 14th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Shawn,
That is very good news about your prognosis and I know you will come out of this even stronger then you went in. I am not surprised with the doctors amazement of the tumor being so small so soon with all the prayers to God how could it have been any other way! You are truly lucky to be loved so much!!About the shower thing, you got that from me and you can never be too clean :)

Love You,
Mom

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Woohoo!

from: curlymolly
date: Mar. 16th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Finish line coming up fast...

PS on one of your other posts you mentioned wanting some nature but feeling too tired to get there... You are REALLY close to the bosque, and if you can make it to the country club I bet you can get to the bosque. The area nearest you is a little too prettified for me, but just go a little further and you'll get away from the city... I don't know if going north or south gets you to real nature sooner... south is closer to the airport, I think going north might be better. Give it a try. And, as my Czech students say, 'go to the nature.'

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