COVID Vaccine, Part I

I've seen so many people assert quite confidently that the COVID vaccine is perfectly safe and an equal number of people quite confidently say that it is not at all safe. Who is right? I have no idea. Were you thinking I'd say something else? I do have a lot of opinions and I'm not … Continue reading COVID Vaccine, Part I

Medical Update, First of 2021

Still can't believe that we're finally in 2021!! Of course, since the calendar system is just a construct, it's not like much of anything was different as the calendar flipping from December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021, but I confess to still having hope that things will be different especially since there will be … Continue reading Medical Update, First of 2021

Another Medical Update: BIONJ, November 2020

It seems like quite a while since I've posted a medical update. Pretty sure that's a good thing! My last PET/CT was in September, 2020, and it showed that the current medication is keeping the mets stable, which is a good thing. I'll always hope for NED, which stands for No Evidence of Disease or … Continue reading Another Medical Update: BIONJ, November 2020

Reblog: Open letter from a person with chronic pain

I don’t talk a lot about the side effucks and issues that I carry every day. It’s not that I don’t think about it, all day, every day. As I type this, I’m sitting in the waiting room at a local imaging center ready to get my quarterly PET scan to see if my medication … Continue reading Reblog: Open letter from a person with chronic pain

Experimentation Update, June 2020

As some of you are aware, I embarked upon an oncologist directed experiment of one (1) person (me) about three (3) months ago when we added Kisquali (a/k/a ribociclib, a CDK4/6 inhibitor) to targeted therapy, Piqray (a/k/a Alpelisib), along with Faslodex (a/k/a Fulvestrant) and a rather lengthy list of medications to address side effects and … Continue reading Experimentation Update, June 2020

Medical Update, ONJ

About three weeks ago, I started to feel pain in the lower left quadrant of my mouth, tooth #18 to be exact. I’m one of those weird people with more alkaline than acidic salvia and at age 41, I’ve still never had a cavity. (knock on wood). Braces, yes, twice, and I struggle with tarter … Continue reading Medical Update, ONJ

Experimentation Update

I’ve now been on the experimental combination of Piqray (alpelisib) and Kisquali (ribociclib) for an entire 28 day cycle and a handful of days. I missed some doses in the first cycle of Kisquali when I was hospitalized and in my efforts to figure out the best time to take both. No PET yet to … Continue reading Experimentation Update

Medical Treatment during a Pandemic, Part II

My first post, Part I, was all about my admission to the hospital after I’d been tested for COVID-19 and how weird it was. Medical treatment during a pandemic is not fun at all. Impersonal medical facilities are even more so when everyone you encounter is scared of catching something from you, the patient. Plus, … Continue reading Medical Treatment during a Pandemic, Part II

Metabolic activity

As far as I understand it, increased metabolic activity creates higher SUV value on a PET scan. In more understandable terms, the places where there is more activity shows up brighter on the PET scan. Brighter images on the PET scan means the cancer has “woken up” or is starting to wake up; that the … Continue reading Metabolic activity

Medical Update, 2nd of 2020, part II

After I wrote such a long post on Monday, I realized that there were some rather humorous things that happened while I was in the hospital. Yes, even amongst the pain and misery and general yuckiness that happens when they wake you up every few hours to make sure your vitals are still in normal … Continue reading Medical Update, 2nd of 2020, part II