navy beans is in the stable, results are in….

Those who graciously follow my story, this blog, know that recently I had my latest scans.  Before my “cancer-cation”, I spent the day at the cancer care center soaking in some radioactive juices and then soaked in some saline fluids to wash away those juices, and boost up my blood pressure which continues to be as low as those pesky mosquitos.  Anyway, it was nice to actually have all of that time to sit and reflect on how much support we have had during this odd stage in our lives.  Thank you all for the comments and reactions to my blog entries, and if I haven’t replied to them all, it is merely due to chemo brain or tired nights, but the words of encouragement are more than appreciated!

I had begun a new course of treatment about 7 weeks ago, Navelbine…Navy Beans.  After an allergy to the Taxol, we had to go through the experimental process of which drug to try next, navy beans won out.  The side effects have continued to lessen and my quality of life has vastly improved, aside from my colds, I have really been feeling so much better, lots more energy; sometimes I can even keep up with my little one! So the prayer was that I can stay on this drug, and that prayer was answered for now…and hopefully until we reach remission.

The results weren’t astounding to be honest with you….there was no change in tumor sizes.  I was disappointed and honestly a bit fearful of the what if’s, however, as I have written, as my best girlfriends says “slow and steady wins the race”.  The doctor is positive that this treatment is working and that we just need to give it more time.  He feels stable is a good thing, considering how fast this cancer was originally moving.  He was very happy that we saw no growth and feels that I am doing really well. I continue to feel truly blessed to have great care, a great community, and feel good about this next phase of treatment.  I am still going with my mantra of decades to live and the hope that we can hit this cancer bug into remission soon!  So let’s continue with the ‘Go Navy Beans!’ fight song.


16 comments on “navy beans is in the stable, results are in….

  1. billgncs says:

    great news! keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May every day be a blessing, and may they number too many to count! — Go Navy!

  2. Violet says:

    Go, Navy beans, for sure! It’s heartening to hear that there is no growth in the tumor. I pray for remission. Xoxo

  3. exiledtyke says:

    This is really pleasing news and I am truly delighted for you and your family.
    Your doctor says things are goimg well and he seems to know what he’s talking about so I am sure he is right in what he says.
    You’ve yet to win the war but you and your allies have fougjt the enemy to a standstill and you are the one who still has resources to commit to the fray. Enjoy the moment and look forward to enjoying your future!

  4. Love those navy beans! No tumor growth is great! I’m with Violet praying for remission.

  5. Jan Baird says:

    Go, Navy Beans! I love this post. You’re a true inspiration, and I’m so thrilled to learn that they see no tumor growth. I’m praying that you have many decades of life left. You are precious. xx

  6. I agree, no growth is great. I had a life-threatening allergy to Taxol seconds into my first treatment. They stopped it, only until they got me stabilized, but then continued. As my oncologist said, “You need this.” They gave me something like Benadryl, then administered it drop by drop and kept a close eye on me, but no problems. There after, each infusion took almost 12 hours. I was the first one thru the doors in the morning, and the last one out when they turned off the lights. That was nearly eight years ago.

    • jelebelle says:

      Oh boy, and I thought my taxol experience was bad. Happy it was in your past, may we both keep heading towards a taxol free future ;). Thanks for sharing your experience.

  7. bornbyariver says:

    My experience treating patients with navelbine is its slower than some other chemos in shrinking the tumor. It’s still great news!

  8. Slow and steady does win the race…and before you know it, that tumor will be shrinking. It is really good news that you are feeling better in general so maybe you can have some relatively “normal” days. As normal as we can get during this kind of attack on our bodies. I cannot imagine going through all of this with a little one – my heart goes out to you. Hang tough and keep fighting !

  9. hjelmstd says:

    Wish you well – on all levels.

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