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A Much Better Week in the Battle Against Lung Cancer

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Wow! I am very thankful to report that the last two weeks seem to have been an anomaly of feeling miserable and I am much, much, much better this week.

I haven’t had to take anything at all for nausea for the last 3 or 4 days, my pain is adequately controlled, I’ve made it to work every day and I got chemo and Zometa on Tuesday. Yay! I don’t know whether I was dealing with a viral gastrointestinal illness or what, but I tolerated the Gemzar on Tuesday with only moderate fatigue the next day and some increased pain for about 24 hours. I’m still worried about those stupid liver function tests, but as long as I feel good won’t ask to repeat them until early October. Maybe they’ll give us an idea about whether or not the tumor is responding to the Gemzar.

I’m having some moderately severe heartburn today, even on Protonix, so I’ll probably increase the Protonix and start to decrease the steroids. I can always go back up on the steroids if my misery index increases, but right now the heartburn is the most miserable thing I’m experiencing. I’m cut loose from the oncologist until September 15th, when I get my next Gemzar.

I continue to THOROUGHLY enjoy my recliner. It’s amazing to me how much more comfortable I can be in that chair than just about anywhere else, including my bed. I’ve been working away on the last of my daughter’s quilt top elements (7 of 18 left to do) and enjoying baseball, football and even occasional golf.

The weather in Connecticut has been as close to perfect as it gets for the last week or so. It’s nice when feeling good and beautiful surroundings coincide so nicely!

Thanks for all the antinausea thoughts. They worked!

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Hi Lisa,
You and your family have been in our thoughts. I'm sure people have already told you, but you are an amazingly strong person and very kind person to share your experiences. You are in our prayers.
Lori and Lauren

September 13, 2009 - 7:15am
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I'm glad to read that you're feeling a lot better and that your recliner is helping you a lot - and how wonderful to be able to get to work. We think of work as a drag but it does give us a sense of purpose and normalcy which is vital to feeling back to ourselves again.

Keep up your posts, I wish you the best in your cancer battle.

September 5, 2009 - 1:06pm
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