January 12, 2015

Tumor marker down again

Just a quick update to say that my tumor marker went down another 30 points after last month's chemo. Dr G is watching my red cell count (I am a bit anemic). My white cell count is okay but my platelets are low.

I started another round of Abraxane again today. Plus Avastin and Faslodex (two shots in the tuchis). I'm still taking Aromasin daily as well as Cymbalta, L-glutamine powder and gabapentin/neurontin to help with the neuropathy in my feet. And a multivitamin. And vitamin D (not so much sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest). And calcium/magnesium. I'm sure there's something else mixed in there.

How do I keep all this straight?


  1. Hi Jill, I have just started to follow your blog & wondered if there is a way to message or email you? Very inspired by your story x

  2. Briony, if you include your email address in a comment I will be able to reach you.

  3. I start tomorrow. Thought this might cheer others up

    The Night Before Chemo

    Twas the night before chemo and all through the house, no one was sleeping, eccept for my spouse. I’d taken an Ativan so felt kinda of loose, but no sleep would come – on account of the “juice”.

    My mind was a jumble of thoughts and some fear, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a vision of my oncologist drinking a beer. His sterile white coat was covered in muck. It made me cry out, “Hey, Doc, what the fuck?” He hooked my IV, and said with a smile, “Make yourself comfy, you’ll be here awhile.”

    More rapid than eagles the medicines came. Desperate for nurses, I called them by name: “On Taxol, on Carbo, Herceptin, Perjeta, On Nausea, On Dry Mouth, Hey, you in the sweata!”

    They all arrived quickly and made me feel safe. I knew that my treatment was off to the race. My chemical friends had a mission to do: to kill every bad cell and not hurt the new.

    As I start on my journey, I promise to fight. Thank you all for your prayers, and to all a good night.

  4. Hi Jill!!! :D I finally had time to catch up with all of your blog posts. You truly are an inspiration to me. I am not sure how you keep it all together. I hear one thing and then another and I tend to forget the first thing. LOL.
    I talked to a research doctor at USC about putting me on another medication. I need to talk to my regular oncologist about it. You know, she's not my favorite since my insurance changed, so I am sure she is going to bulk at the idea.....but I am going to push for it.
    i am so glad your markers continue to go down.
    Keep on...Keeping on....

  5. Glad your tumor markers are down. Sending you hugs.