You may recall that about three months ago I discovered that my first chemo regimen (5-FU & Avastin) was destroying the mucous lining of my nose. I was very close to having a destroyed nose, the type normally reserved for those heavy “blow” users. At that time, after just a peek up my nostrils, the doctor proclaimed “we have a serious problem.” Today, after three months of treatment, he declared “what a nice normal nose.” So Jimmy has one less problem to deal with and an excuse to open an expensive bottle of wine tonight in celebration, a double dip day for me!
Yesterday I completed my second round of Lonsurf (TAS-102). My red Aunt Jemima recipe box will get a rest for a couple of weeks before I replace the two vials of the vile poison for a third round. This round went just like the first round, very minimal side effects. For having stage IV cancer, I feel pretty damn good. In two weeks, after another PET scan, we will meet with Dr. P to evauluate its effectiveness.
Yesterday was also the world premier of the “Living Well With Terminal Illness and Other Crappy Diseases” power point presentation at the Quail Creek clubhouse. To make this premier special and build demand before we take it to the mass market, we decided to limit the audience to under 20 people. Fortunately this turned out to be a very easy task. I enjoyed giving the presentation and the audience seem to have a good time as well. The wine seemed to help in that endeavor. Just kidding about the wine. The president of Polio Epic, a polio survivors support group, drove down from Tucson for my presentation and invited me to give the presentation in Tucson. So things are progressing in my goal of sharing my philosophy of dealing with life’s curves.
Thanks to all those who came out to support my endeavor and double thanks to those who gave feedback to help make the presentation better next time.
In between presentations of my book, I continue to enjoy putting pets on canvas. Below are my latest.