A Time to Blog (06/06/2013 Update)

Chemo Treatment 5

Today started early.  We left the house at 5:30am.  Sipping a coffee as we drove I wondered about the last year and about what lies ahead. Today I restart chemo.  My last treatment was 84 days ago (WOW – almost 3 months ago). I arrived at U of M Health System at 7am. I certainly have enjoyed this break from chemo. And I know that these remaining treatments offer the possibility that I might achieve a full remission.  And so here we are, hoping and praying for the best.

The blood draw and port hook-up was completed by 7:30am.  The sights, sounds, and smells were all too familiar.  Next stop is the infusion area.

We had to wait a little while before being called into the infusion room.  I guess they had to wait for blood test results before going forward with the treatment.  I’m now hooked up and hope to complete the treatment around 2pm today.

I’m hoping that the Erbitux is more tolerable than the first treatment.  But if the rash does reappear – well, I suppose that’s a small price to pay for the possibility of a full remission.

Colon Cancer 5k Walk/Run

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5k Walk/Run on 6/1.  I was surprised and proud that so many of my friends and family joined me in this effort.  I am very lucky to have you all with me in this war. Please know that each one of you are special to me and having you ALL join together in this event warmed my heart and soul more than I am capable of expressing.  You are in my heart!

Special thanks to Sarah and Matt for coming all the way from Boston to join us.  I appreciate the weekend we had together and I’m looking forward to our next visit!

Big THANK YOU to Colette and Alexis — you did an awesome job organizing the 5k Walk/Run.  And I am very grateful for your hard work on this!

Another aspect of this walk that I’m very proud of is that we helped our community raise money for a very important cause.  Raising awareness is a critical component in the war against colon cancer.  The fact is that this cancer is preventable in many cases!  Having a colonoscopy can reduce the risk of a late-stage colorectal cancer by over 70%.  So please, if you are 50 (or over) get a colonoscopy soon!

I pray that all of my friends and family are blessed both here on this good earth and in heaven.

God is good!



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3 Comments on “A Time to Blog (06/06/2013 Update)”

  1. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil: It is good to get this update. As I was praying for you this morning, I reflected that it had been several days since an update. I pray for you as you have the treatment today — that the meds will do their job and you will not experience uncomfortable side effects. I’m praying for your complete healing.

  2. Mary Salens says:

    Well dear brother, try to get the rest you’ll need and eat lots of great things too. I hope and pray that this will truly place you in a very long remission. Each day is a gift and we will can find so much to be thankful for. Thank God for you and for all our family both those that are gone before and those who still fight the good fight. Peace, health, love and light to you today as you start your follow up regimen. Wish I was there with you guys today. Hugs, ME

  3. Frankie says:

    Hi, I just came across your blog and it really cheered me up. How are you doing now? Xxx

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