Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Without Steroids Chemo is Less Fun

Well, that's the mild way of putting it. Judy began her second cycle of six to eight rounds of chemo on Tuesday, and things were (and still are) quite a bit rougher than we expected. We had been told that the new drug that she is now getting (Gemzar) has fewer side-effects than what she had been getting (Taxol). Maybe that's why she wasn't given her usual accompanying dose of steroids. Whatever the reason, Judy has been feeling rotten since Tuesday's treatment. Next time around, she'll ask for the steroids, for sure.

The CA-125 cancer markers continue to inch upward--not good. It will be interesting to see whether this new drug and the renewed chemo after the lengthy hiatus will convince the disease to start receding again. Sure, it's just numbers, but that's all we have to go by.

I am writing this update while sitting in the Miami airport, waiting for my flight to Costa Rica where I am officiating an international mountain bike race this weekend. Judy and Emily will spend Saturday and Sunday in Abilene for their annual "Ride of Passage," a tradition that goes back 10 years. The idea has always been to ride a little farther than the year before and to try something new--in line with progressing from one school grade to the next. Now Emily is getting ready to enter college, and the Ride of Passage is still as apropos as a decade ago. Judy may be feeling crappy, but she won't let that stop her from doing what she wants to do. Maybe they'll adjust the length of the ride a little....

Stay tuned for the next update. Let's hope we have some good news and maybe a new photo.



aka Kathy said...

[HUGS!] Oh, Judy - sorry to hear that this round isn't going as well as we hoped it would.

I like your "Ride of Passage" what a great idea. I'm wishing you and Emily a ride worthy of starting college!

Take care of yourself! [/HUGS!]

WayneLorane said...

Dear, dear, Judy,
we're indeed sorry to hear that this chemo is so yucky! Let Belinda know that you need those steroids...don't try to be tough.

Be careful on your "ride of passage" and have fun. I'm glad you and Emily have something fun to do before she heads off to college. Just take it easy and have fun...there's nothing to prove, just have a good time being together. Love,love,love, Waynelorane

cindi said...

Hi Judy,

Just getting back from Mt Snow-am in a tizzy trying to get everything caught up before I head down to Windham on Wed.

Sending lots of positive thoughts/vibes your way that your current course of treatment gets those Ca-125 markers heading to the basement!

Have a great ride with Emily...no matter what distance you two settle on.

Cindi :)

Anonymous said...

Sending you prayers of good health.


cindi said...

Hi Judy!

Just checking in after getting back from Windham!

Sending hugs and prayers your way!!!

Cindi :>

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