Today, August 4th, marks the first anniversary of living with the Big “C”. I survived my first year with cancer. I took an MRI just a few days ago, so I don’t know if any progress has been made. I’ve lived this past year and thrived despite multiple rounds of chemo and radiation. Hopefully the team at UM can help us move forward with ablation. I don’t know a lot about it, but I did find this information on the American Cancer Society site: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/liver-cancer/treating/tumor-ablation.html . To me, it’s very similar to the radio therapy I already received except that they can insert a needle to pinpoint the exact sport. Since I have tumors/lesions in several areas, I’m guessing they’ll pick one or two of the worst spots and try to operate on those first. From my understanding Dr. Zomotar is the first doctor to use it on GBM. My oncologist told me this was a new procedure and they’ve seen good outcomes. It sounds a little scary, but I’m willing to try.
So here we are at the 1 year mark. I’m off the steroids for now. Yay! And I feel pretty good energy-wise. I’m still dealing with a temporary diabetes due to Decadron and I have trouble walking sometimes especially on stairs. I have trouble focusing on anything for more than a few minutes and I tend to forget things from one minute to the next. My favorite activity is sleeping which frustrates everyone around me, especially when I stay up all night. So, life isn’t perfect or pain-free right now. Most of what I’m feeling is side-effects so as I change meds, the symptoms change too.