"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New CT Scan Results

I had my monthly visit with my Oncologist on Tuesday. Important for me were the results of the first CT Scan since the rectal/sacral recurrence was discovered in early September. There has been quite a change.

There is no evidence of the large soft tissue tumour that had been between the rectum and the sacrum (no evidence of soft tissue tumours at all!)  and there is significant evidence of bone growth and healing in the sacrum itself. We're unable to tell if there is still cancer in the sacrum.  There may well be.

I'm still experiencing pain in the sacrum/coccyx. Disconcerting as this is, it is not necessarily an indication that there is still cancer there. It is an indication that damage was done. Time will tell whether things are clear or not.

Klimo was very pleased. Needless to say we are pleased as well. While by no means "out of the woods", I think we can be cautiously optimistic.

In the meantime we will carry on with chemo...

That's all folks...  Rob; in Vancouver

“Life is short,and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So let us be swift to love, and let us make haste to show kindness.”

Henri Amiel

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Update

I have been enjoying an extended post-holiday period of reading and relaxation and haven't posted for a long time.  Here's a short update.

Holiday Celebrations

Our Christmas and New Year's celebrations were wonderful.  Robyn and Brandon visited from Edmonton and my sister Beth and her partner Colin visited from New Brunswick for New Years.  I enjoyed good heath and moderate energy throughout the holidays.

We saw the New Year in with a great group of family and friends at the Sylvia Hotel.  Making it to midnight was a challenge but it really was a great party!

Kelly  -  Robyn

Christmas greetings, family updates, New Year's photos, and "A Christmas Love Story" can be found on the "Pollock Family Christmas Blog", my 21st century response to the Christmas Card tradition.

On the Chemo Front...

Not much to report here.  I am still receiving Erbitux every two weeks.  Side effects, fatigue and rash, are mostly managable.  I think I'm on this regime until April.  There is really nothing more to say for now.

That's all folks... Rob; in Vancouver

"The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul."
G. K. Chesterton