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Milestone 2

A message from at 9:00am about Dad, Lung Cancer. 3 responses.

Dear friends,

During yesterday’s visit, my doctor explained the results of rescan to us. To avoid lots of medical jargon that makes no sense to an ordinary person like me, I translate what he said as the following. The number and size of tumors in my lung and liver have been reduced by 25% to 50%, and the ones on the bone have been stable. No new ones have been found. That’s good news. The bad news is that with this pace, I need at least two more cycles of chemotherapy. This will take us to the end of September before the next evaluation.

The side effects of chemotherapy continue to linger around. However, most of them have gradually become manageable and I’m not ready to enter the Yul Brynner look-alike contest yet. Now I’m focusing on reducing naps and rebuilding my strength and energy level. It’s going to be a long journey, so better start sooner than later. Since I don’t feel pain anymore, we have decided to cut off pain pills and see how it goes.

We’ve come a long way and the direction appears to be correct. So the journey continues and we hope for more good news down the road to share with you. Until then, stay tuned.

 

Milestone 1

A message from at 3:33pm about Dad, Lung Cancer. 4 responses.

Today we reached the first milestone, the completion of radiation therapy. After the last treatment, we had a ceremony celebrating the completion of treatment – just like a graduation party. The head nurse read a poem and presented a gift to me with several reminders. I then rang a bell signaling the beginning of a new life. It was fun.

On the chemo side, we have completed 25% of treatment and the side effects start taking tolls. However, so far they are still tolerable. The burn marks on my chest and back from radiation start to show up and the skin has become very itchy. My swallowing sometimes hurts and I have lost some appetite. In order to maintain weight I have to spread the meals – more frequently with less food each time. Fatigue is still a major problem. In conjunction with the amount of water I have to run through the system, I have developed an irregular sleeping pattern – a lot of short naps but lack of long-hour sleep. However, the overall sleeping time is still 8 to 10 hours. Even though having these side effects, my energy level is improving, slow but steadily.

The doctor seems very happy about my progress. Originally we were supposed to have re-scans six weeks after the completion of radiation treatments. But on yesterday’s visit, he moved the re-scan day to the 17th of this month, only two weeks after the last radiation treatment. The results of the re-scan will tell how effective these treatments are. That will be the next milestone. So stay tuned.

 

Sunrise, Sunset

A message from at 12:13pm about Miscellaneous, Peter. 1 response.

Last year, I went to Art Fair on the Square here in Madison. I was inspired to take up painting as a hobby.

A year later, I finally went out and bought the supplies to do it. Here is my first painting ever! (I don’t count the lion that I painted in 7th grade as a painting. You couldn’t tell where the lion ended and where the sand began.)

Sunset

“Sunset,” (original, I know) is an oil painting on a 9″ x 12″ canvas.
Colors used from Reeves Oil Colour Set: Lemon Yellow, Crimson, Ultramarine, Ivory Black.
Paint thinner: Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner
(The colors are more vibrant in person.)