It is now May 2nd and my chemo ends may 8th and radiation ends May 10th. I am extremely excited to get the subsequent test results to see how the cancer has responded to the process. My primary fear is that I seem to have an unexpected super hero power: an immunity to radiation. The Radiologist has expressed profound surprise that the skin on my chest has shown absolutely zero reaction to the radiation. No burns, no rashes, no effect on my skin whatsoever around the targeting areas. This is apparently unheard of. So, my plan to be radiated into a Marvel super hero has been set back by my epidermal resistance. I can only hope the cancer cells are not so resistant.
I am planning a Big Party for the weekend of the 10th / 11th to celebrate getting through chemo / radiation. I expect I will still have some sparkle from the radiation and am planning on giving out little radiation badges as party favors.
Radiation this week has gone well other than their sign-in computer constantly "forgetting" that I've signed in. But if that's the worst of it, then I'm doing very well indeed.
Chemotherapy Tuesday knocked me off my feet for a while (literally and metaphorically), but that which does not kill me, hurts my cancer. I hope Nietzsche forgives me that misapplied quote.
There has been a problem getting my daughter out for a visit due mostly with her work schedule. I'm hoping that can be resolved before my surgery later this month.
On the plus side, my brother Troy is coming out to see me through my last week of chemo and recovery before the surgery. I cannot express how happy this makes me. My uncle Dickie has arranged to pick him up at the airport this Saturday! This is joy unbridled.
I am also working with my ex-wife Julie to have my son Alex and she come out to visit before surgery. The snafu in that process is paying for their air-fare, which is an extreme hardship for me but I'm optimistic we can work something out with the help of my family.
That's all the news that's news from here at Lake Woebegone where are the results are above average. Stay tuned for further developments!