We’ve been on holiday in the USA for the past 3 weeks. It’s the first time in 20 months that I’ve had a break from treatment and it has been a chance to start to feel normal again and recharge the batteries. My skin has just now started to get back to it’s pre-Erbitux self. Only mild itching and burning, and the bleeding has stopped pretty much completely.
I had bloods taken yesterday and I got my results back just a few minutes ago.
It isn’t good.
My markers have tripled while we were away and all are now out of “safe” zones, including liver enzymes. This makes the third time I’ve had them come down only to go back up and have to start all over again. I have a meeting with my Oncologist on Friday and I’m guessing he will order more CT scans to determine whether or not the increase in my markers is due to the cancer spreading elsewhere or just due to activity in the liver. Either way it’s probably going to mean more chemo, a liver resection or more radiation…. or all three. More chemo means more Erbitux… and back to mutant status. More burning, more itching and more bleeding. It also means there’s no way they will consider reversing my stoma for the time being. *sigh*
I don’t really have anymore to add right now. I was driving along pretty happily but it appears I have run over some nails on the road…. and all the air has gone out of my tires.
I’ll let you know more when I do.