Monday, August 4, 2014

The New Normal

There's not much left to be said about Cycle 1, except that I think it gave a pretty good indication of what I can generally expect from chemotherapy:

Step 1 - Start at normal
Step 2 - Get filled with drugs
Step 3 - Feel way, way worse than normal
Step 4 - Improve slightly, but not back to normal
Step 5 - Call Step 4 the "new normal" 
Step 6 - Return to Step 1 and start over

The only real question is at what point, if ever, do you get to go back to normal normal. Talking with a neighbor about his treatment, and his docs are telling him they have no plans to take him off chemo, ever. 

I'm really hoping my docs will come up with a plan that doesn't involve feeling terrible forever, cause living in the new normal forever doesn't sound a lot like living to me. 

And this was only Cycle 1...

2 comments:

  1. John, How long is your chemo supposed to last? Are you still working while going through all this? Anything we can do for you?

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    1. Four cycles, then a scan to see how it's working. If it's working, thirteen total is what I recall. And so far at least, there's really not much for folks to do. But I appreciate the offer.

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