SIRT 2.0

Everything today went perfectly according to plan.

The Doctor’s were able to head off a couple of potential leakage issues (as I understand it, anyway) and are very happy with the way things went. The way it’s all worked out is even safer than last time and we’re expecting good results.

Strangely enough, I don’t remember much of the procedure after the local anaesthetic went in and I felt the first little creepings of the catheter into my groin. Perhaps it’s the time between treatments or just the fact that I have developed a pretty high tolerance for pain and discomfort over the course of two years worth of chemo, but it was nowhere near as bad as I remembered it. I mostly remember smiling as they discovered my body has apparently grown a second Hepatic artery since last time. I will investigate this strange little phenomenon and find out exactly what it means, or even if I heard it correctly…. but it sounded like everyone thought it was pretty cool.

One other good thing to come from today was that they found a few more smaller tumours on the liver that the PET scan missed. So, they’re going to be targeting those as well. Nobody gets a free ride on my liver.

All in all it was a good day…. so many familiar faces and all of us happy to see each other again, even though the circumstances are so serious. There was a real sense of old friends getting back together. It’s also the first day in quite a while where I haven’t felt the compulsion to eat. I’m weaning myself off the Dexamethasone this week and it appears to be helping on the food intake side of things. It will be nice to get back to a non-ballooning and more stable weight range.

I’ve been given permission to take a camera crew in next week to film proceedings. It may take me a while to edit it all together but quite a few people have asked what the procedure is like so I figure this will be a good way to show you what happens.

Thank you for the support, everyone. It means so much to us.

Talk soon.

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~ by Kristian Anderson on September 22, 2011.

42 Responses to “SIRT 2.0”

  1. How soothing to get a new post, so soon after the last one. I would have been worried. Thank you Kristian, the Watson family think of you often.

  2. We have a phrase here in America, “Praise God and pass the ammunition.” In your case we will praise God and pass the radiation! 🙂

  3. awesome – weird as it sounds! But glad it went well 🙂

  4. Thank you for updating so soon. I remembered to stop and pray a few times today. I’m so glad all went well. God bless you and your family.

  5. So glad it went better than expected. God is good. Thank you for the quick update~ as we are all thinking of you!

  6. Keep the faith, Kristian. May you feel the love of God surround you as well as the prayers for you from around the world. Warm hugs to you and yours….

  7. Hooray!! That’s fantastic news!! Thank you for the update!

  8. Thank God Kristian, such good news that all went well. You are blessed and continue to bless those around you. Hang in there kid.

  9. Fantastic. Thanks for coming online to give us the updates. Enjoy your evening with the family.

  10. Thank you for the update, Kristian. Very happy to hear all went well.

  11. Yes, thank you God – thank you Docs…..
    the Grandma from North Carolina w/non hodgkins lymphoma

  12. Fantastic news!

  13. It sounds as if you are receiving cutting-edge care from wonderful people. A great combo. Thanks for the update.

  14. awesome news

  15. Kristian, we are so happy to hear how well things are going. We are thinking of and keeping the faith for all of you!!!

    Fondly,
    Alison
    Garner, NC

  16. A second Hepatic artery…I think we see God’s hand at work!!! So glad everything went well!

  17. gods love is with you ….

  18. I showed all 99 of my 7th grade students your video love letter in English class. We also watched Shanon Sharpe’s acceptance speech into the NFL Hall of Fame this year. (You should see it. It’s on Youtube and NFL.com)

    Our theme this year is overcoming all odds. We have learned that the essential requirement is perseverance and determination.
    You got this Kristian! You got this…..

  19. Glad it went better than you expected….did you remember to get the “special chocolate cake”?

  20. God is with you, He is faithfull!

  21. Hang in there Kristian, your bravery is an inspiration to all. Whenver I feel like moaning or complaining about my lot, I think of you, and have more strength. I will pray for you at church this weekend, and light a candle for you. God bless you.

  22. Sending you lots of smiles and healthy thoughts.

  23. Hey mate, thats great news. Stoked to hear the fights still on. Praying for you all often. Your boys are fortunate to have a father with such courage. Hopefully they inherit that as opposed to your looks 🙂 Graham

  24. Yes! March on Kristian!!!!!
    In our thoughts and prayers.
    Jody

  25. Thanks for the update! Wonderful news! 🙂

  26. Praise God that it was ok- I am sure He helped you during the day.

  27. in our thoughts and prayers,

  28. i carry a gene which gives me 80% chance of getting cancer, i have undergone alot of surgery and hospital stays to get to where i am now. What you are going through is terrible but you are helping people like me aswell. What you are going through is also helping the doctors learn more. I so hope i read one day that you are better. But for now i appreciate you.

  29. Hey Kristian. I’m an oncology nurse & though I don’t know much in the grand scheme of things, I’ve never heard of growing a second hepatic artery – but how cool is that!? God is so funny.

    Praying for Wednesday. God has it covered.
    Love x

    • Me too…. I need to ask some questions about that one…. I have a feeling I may have heard it wrong. I’ll ask tomorrow and get back to you.

  30. Woohoo! This is a happy dance from me to you all the way from South Africa! Thanks for sharing this briliant news with us, Kristian. Keep fighting this good fight.

  31. Keeping you in my prayers!

  32. This post has given me great peace of mind. I too am a fellow bowel cancer sufferer with mets in the liver that wont behave properly. I am 38 (36 when diagnosed) and a mum to 3 young boys 3, 5 and 8 (my greatest fear is not dying it is missing out on seeing them grow up and them missing out on having a mother) My last ct showed significant growth and SIRT is looking like a good option. Since my diagnosis it has been my worst fear, but this post has made me feel better. I also only started on Erbitux at the begining of September, i needed it just as it was put on the PBS and I have you to thank for that. Keep fighting the fight, its a tough road but this cancer is weak, people like us are stronger than it. Jodie xx

  33. Hi Kristian,

    Keep on posting, it’s good to hear from you and how things are going.

    P

  34. A few months ago, the Oprah show that featured you aired here in South Africa. I was so touched by your story – God’s love just radiated through you and Rachel. I thought about you again today and came across your blog…My husband and I will be praying for you and we believe with you that God will be getting all the glory out of this and we believe that you will live to testify about His blood and its healing power…Is 53:5 By His stripes we are healed. Thank you for living a life that speaks of Love, Light and Faith! God Bless! Jana Nieuwenhuizen, South Africa

  35. I’m trying to leave a comment on ur recent post, recovery but for some reason I am unable to. I just want u to know I’m praying, believing and crying with u. I see you on the other side of this sharing your testimony for all to hear! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. You are amazing! Love in Him,
    Nk from USA

  36. Oh Kristian.

    You show them every day just how much you love them by going through all these treatments. I have never met you but can see how much you love them through your posts – if this is shining through so much here, I can imagine just how much they feel it too.

    Keep on loving them Kristian. Your love will give you the courage to continue as much as possible.

    I wish there was a wand we could wave and just take this suffering away from you and your family.

  37. I’m unable to leave a comment on Kristian’s most recent post too. We just wanted you to know that we are thinking & praying for you, Kristian!!

    Much love,
    Alison in N.C., USA

  38. Kristian,

    I’ve been reading your blog since seeing the beautiful video you made for your wife last year. I have been praying for you, your family and your doctors. I am a physician in the US, specializing in emergency medicine, and I hope you know how inspiring you are to me. I am amazed at your persistence and hard work to get Erbitux approved in Australia. The world needs more souls like you. My prayers for you and God’s healing hands will continue.

    Warmest regards,

    Holly Berg

  39. Praying for you Kristian, hope your family is back home and you are feeling physically better.

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