Friday, November 13, 2009

Good bye Chemo, Hello TheraSpheres

The Loyola Cancer Team went over my case yesterday and recommend the following:

No more chemo- it has gone as far as it can go at this point - will gain no more from it

TheraSpheres- injection directly to the liver tumors to help further shrink tumors

Surgery - Not an option at this point until more tumors are shrunk/eradicated

I am pursuing 2nd opinion with Dr. Al Benson at Northwestern.

If for some reason I decided against the therashperes, then they would put me on a different chemo cocktail and see if that further shrunk tumors, but I will pursue these other treatment options.

For nearly 8 months, give or take some breaks due to hospitalizations, I have gone to Loyola Cancer center EVERY WEEK for chemo and DR. appts. It will be kind of weird to not have that weekly routine.

Also, even though chemo is poison and while it's good for tumor-shrinkage and BAD for the rest of your body, I feel scared that it will no longer, at least for now, be infused in me. It's run its course. I've responded very, very well to chemo, but time to take a break.

On the bright side, I gained 7 Pounds in the last week! I had an eating orgy last weekend - Benihana and Pappadeaux, I have to start weaning myself from the bad fattening foods and get better foods in my system. I need to figure out how to go from Skeletor and not be a tubbo!

Saturday I have an outing to Lake Geneva with my sister and her friend Mary, who I can't wait to meet!!!!

Have a Blessed weekend my Prayer ALL can take credit for my progress and for any blessing I have received in my Cancer Fight...

I hope you all can truly believe what Your commitment of prayer in my name has done for me. I am proof of what the power of prayer can do.



  1. Hey there...

    This is all good but I can imagine you feel weird about it... It has to be tough to transition from one routine to another. But we're here, wishing you well and holding you up in our prayers and friendship.

    I can't wait to meet you too, Red we come!!


  2. Ummmm Peg, I think you could continue on an eating binge of yucky foods for awhile before you became a "tubbo" Keep eating girl as it gives you strength! Now me on the other hand...needs to staple her mouth shut:)

    I love ya!


  3. I agree with April!!! Eat Eat Eat!! If it's "staying down" keep eating it!! I'm so glad you are done with the horrors of chemo side effects but I do understand your ambivilence. Between Loyola and Northwestern you couldn't be in better hands. We are praying for every decision, every doctor is making about your care. I pray that God is clear as a bell with what he wants you/them to do now! Have a great week-end with your sis and friends!
    Love, Pam and Tay

  4. Wow! Javier from Spain. Laurene too! I'm not sure I remember Javier but that's an amazing coincidence. As always you're in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love to you,
    Peter Tedeschi

  5. Hallelujah girlie - you keep on making great strides and gaining back your weight - you won't need any "Caboosting" at all before you know it.

    We all continue to pray for you and yours, my Mom wants updates on you every day ♥

    Love, love, love you!

    Lori Lu

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