Each follow up visit with both oncology and surgical oncology has yielded good results. My tumor ended up being about a pound and a half in my colon (hence all of my bowel issues) and it turns out wasn't shrinking as originally thought. It was not reacting to my chemo regimen but it didn't really matter because they were able remove it in its entirety (and no colostomy)! My liver spots are reacting well to chemo and shrinking nicely. Unfortunately one of those spots is in quite a complex spot and after further review by my team of physicians would like me to get in 3 more rounds of chemo before they can tackle my liver resection. If everything goes as planned with chemo (which I have come to realize nothing goes as planned) I will have this surgery in mid to late August.
It has been nearly 5 weeks since I have had a chemo treatment so I have an appetite again and am really enjoying the taste of food again minus the tin foil after-taste. A side effect of chemo is this tin foil type taste so food just doesn't taste good to me. Between that and the nausea you can imagine why I am not looking forward to the next 6 weeks. The bonus, if there is one, is the weight loss. Who needs Weight Watchers when you have chemo? ... Lol!
Many have commented that I don't look sick. I can't believe you still have your hair? Fortunately the chemo treatment for my type of cancer has a low risk for hair loss. I sometimes feel bad at chemo because so many are hooked up to the dreaded chemo pole and don't have a hair left on their head. I am sitting there with a full head of hair. Sometimes it doesn't feel like I should be there. In fact, last week Kyle and I were patiently waiting for the nurse and we both looked at each other and said at the same time "what are we doing here?" ... This whole experience is so surreal.
So tomorrow starts yet another step in my fight and we ask for your continued prayer.
God is good!