Treatment 6 (06/20/2013 Update)

Me in my straw hat

THE RASH IS BACK

Hum. Sounds like a title of a song???

The rash is back and on the attack
It’s a bad look but what can I do
do nothing different?
and try to stay cool

Yes, the rash from the erbitux treatment has once again shown itself. And today is my second treatment since having the liver surgery.  The doctor said that he’s going to “beat me up” once again — meaning that I’m getting the erbitux as I type.  Yes, these treatments are tough but totally endurable.

Of one thing I’m sure
I WILL endure
It’ll take more than a rash
before I miss the bash

The cycle for these treatments includes extreme fatigue. There is also nausea, dizziness, digestion challenges, and a lot of sleeping. And it seems to begin sometime today (during the treatment) and continue through Monday.

For I will not fear
Our hope is clear
to be cancer-free,
for a healthier me

Beginning on Tuesday I start to feel better…  and on Wednesday even better… and with each passing day the outlook improves…

At the end of the day
what a small price to pay

When this treatment succeeds I will become a member of an exclusive club! The Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Survivors! IT IS POSSIBLE to beat the odds. And with the Lord as my partner that is exactly what I expect to do.

While the stories are not as common as we would hope; there are survivors. A couple of Stage IV survivors are Senator Herman Cain and Dom Sitas.  Both Cain and Sitas were diagnosed with Stage IV colorectal cancer and BOTH have lived to see long-term remission. They are cancer-free for over 5 years and counting. They are alive and well today with no evidence of disease (NED).

But one thing is for sure. You are only granted a membership to this exclusive club from our Father above. So keep me in your prayers.

What is the Truth?
The Lord is the way!
And so I pray today!

Lord, we thank you for the gift of today. Guide us Lord, to become the good servants you call us to be. Keep us close and protect us from all evil.  Let your Love and Joy overflow in our hearts; so that we can’t help but share these divine gifts with our brothers and sisters here on this great earth.  Bring us healing and give us the power to choose and to do your will today and every day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


9 Comments on “Treatment 6 (06/20/2013 Update)”

  1. Kathleen g says:

    Dear Lord – thank you for walking with my dear frend Phil and keeping him strong during this difficult journey – lead him to he light of the love of your sacred heart! Amen

  2. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil:
    You are becoming quite the poet! I loved these rhymes.
    I rejoice that the LORD, the Light of the World, is lifting your spirit.
    I’m continuing to pray daily for your total healing.
    Krea

  3. Tim Dechant says:

    Keep up the fight. We already know you to be a special person…admission to this exclusive club just adds to the list of reasons why.

  4. Connie says:

    You are a wonderful man. I am happy and proud to have you as my best friend and husband. I love you — always and forever.

  5. Lynne Corbus says:

    Your indomitable spirit, positivity and most of all, faith, will see you through. And, I smile every time I think of you and Connie together. You are each a blessing in the other’s life. Amen.

  6. Jerry Schmidt says:

    Keep fighting Phil. You have a lot of prayerful people next to you during this journey.

  7. Sarah says:

    Praying for you Phil! Our God is so awesome and powerful–keep up the fight! We’re all behind you and God is in control! ❤

  8. mary salens says:

    You are one tough cookie… whom I admire completely. I hope and pray the ouches aren’t too bad and thank God and Fr. Solanus Casey for sending grace and strength to you. Whatever path is ahead for us we’ll always be together with love and support. WE ARE FAMILY…WOOHOO! Sleep and rest and feel well soon… Love you much!

  9. Little Brother, Geo says:

    Looking forward to making a trip your way soon. I have to bring the quad back and see what projects you have for me 🙂


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