It’s been a couple days now, and we are now in full BEATCANCER mode. I’ve re-enlisted my sister to handle the medical intake and help deal with appointments, insurance, etc. So, now we march forward.
Monday was my appointment with Dr Goldman (oncologist that treated me for my lung cancer), and it went about as expected. It looks like with insurance it is easier to work with him and have him being consulting with the Gastric team at UCLA along the way. The results of the Foundation test came back, and had a mix of results, with some missing. The PET scan report wasn’t available to me yet and Dr. Goldman was uploading the scan itself, so those results didn’t come on Monday either. We do have an initial plan (not yet finalized) of a combo chemo and immunotherapy for 3 months, surgery if still needed from treatment, and 3 months of treatment. Interestingly it seems it was one of the reports that BMS had sent over as well.
All in all it was a good appointment and I really like Dr.Goldman, but we’re making sure we can talk to a few opinions on the best steps for my case. It looks like it would be late next week or the week after that I would start my treatment at this point.
Then came today and getting ready for a port procedure that is on Friday and all of the hurdles associated. We did get a chance to see the report from the PET scan, and while it didn’t appear to be in any other organs, it did appear that it has spread to more than just the two lymph nodes. Otherwise, Jaimi starting the process of no stone unturned and working quickly through it. I’m blessed with the TEAM behind me.
And that leaves me to take care of myself and be ready to fight. It’s already been a bumpier ride than last time and may prove itself to be even more going forward, but I know any price I pay is worth the chance of living life. So I must prepare my body. I ‘m gaining weight as I am home eating now, starting to be able to move around a little better overall, and getting myself mentally strong. I am building my process to the point there’s no way I can lose. That’s my job now and I’m getting to work.
Thank You TEAMjeff, you give me strength when I need it most.