Back in 19…. (OK, 84!), I was a reporter at my first television station in Abilene, Texas. For my birthday, my parents gave me a day with a performance consultant. She was going to polish my self-admittedly raw skills and accelerate my improvement. After a half-day with her, she told me that there were many […]
In September of 2013, doctors diagnosed me with a malignant 5cm mass, discovered during a regularly-scheduled MRI (which I have as part of my follow-up from a 2001-2002 breast cancer battle). After surgery and tests, I learned that I had thymic carcinoma -- a rare and fast-growing cancer of the Thymus gland. Usually, it’s not diagnosed until it’s already spread to the lungs, heart, or other places, because it can be fairly symptomless. I was blessed, as my oncologist said, that my regular MRIs helped catch it early. My outlook would have been much worse if this had been discovered months later.
I am documenting my journey through Cancer Part II in the hopes that it will educate and inspire others who are facing a difficult diagnosis. In the days after I left the hospital, I sat down with my colleagues at Growing Bolder to share my thoughts on this new challenge. As we say -- I am Surviving & Thriving.
My heart is racing. Not over the political primaries; that mostly has my brain exploding. I have a new side effect, but I’m not sure what it’s a side effect OF. I have Tachycardia, rapid heart rate, which may require yet another drug for the side effect of a side effect of treatment. Is it […]
So as not to bury my lead and to help you try to decipher the title of this post, the headline is that I am still in the PHA clinical trial at Georgetown. I now (probably) know what (most of) my future holds (for the next 6 weeks). Last time I saw Dr Giaccone, he […]
An interesting element to these clinical trials is you really don’t know what to expect (see: Keytruda=>Diabetes). Today, I finished the second drug cycle of my new PHA trial, and I’m starting to understand the rhythm of it. Again, it’s 7 days on, 7 days off, then back to Georgetown. So far, the side effects […]
That combination of letters and numbers is the code for the clinical trial that I am finally in, after 4 or 5 tries. I shouldn’t actually be in it; my liver enzymes are still about three times what they should be, but Dr Giaccone got the ok from the drug company in Italy. They made […]