Phase 1 Complete

Phase 1 Complete

Sorry it’s been awhile, but I’ve been dealing with the cumulative effects from six weeks of chemo and radiation, and I haven’t been up to thinking clearly, much less posting anything of importance. Plus, I wanted to finish that part of treatment before I posted again, as there wasn’t really anything new to report other than, “I feel like shit and it’s hard to tell the difference between treatment fatigue and severe depression…”

I finished the first part of treatment two weeks ago. I’m very happy to be done with that part of it, but it’s not the grand moment I thought it would be when I started. Well, it wasn’t until I saw my medical oncologist who told me that I’m technically a cancer survivor after treatment, and that I’m now in maintenance mode – AKA immunotherapy treatment, or phase 2 of treatment. I guess that’s why they have you ring a bell at the end of chemo, makes more sense now that they told me this. woo.

I start immunotherapy tomorrow, which should go smoothly, assuming that my immune system doesn’t decide that my eyes or internal organs are the enemy. They said that’s very rare, but so is a 50 year old non-smoker getting cancer. I think I’m becoming an optimist! I am mostly back to work, feeling better each week, but still pretty weak and tired. I’m hoping that immuno will boost my energy a bit.

Oh, and for those who don’t know what immunotherapy is:

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