My apologies, my friends. It has been since JUNE that I've updated you. I really have no excuses. A lot of you have asked (with some degree of trepidation), "How have you been?" And this is definitely a case of "No news is good news." I have been so busy living my everyday life, that I've had little time to think about cancer. That is a very good thing indeed.
To catch you up, I started on a course of 12 chemotherapy treatments about 6 weeks after my surgery in April to remove TLB along with my rectum, a good deal of my colon and a whole herd of lymph nodes. 12 chemo treatments every 2 weeks means almost 6 months have elapsed. It absolutely flew by. I generally have had my infusions on every other Monday for about 4 hours, then I come home with a pump that infuses more 5-FU over the course of the ensuing 2 days. I feel fine on Mondays (they give me lots of steroids!) then drag a bit on Tuesday-Thursday. But that is it. The nausea has not been a problem since the first couple of treatments, and while my hair has thinned, it's certainly not fallen out. In other words, looking at me, you'd never know anything was wrong. What a blessing; I truly feel very fortunate.
In other news, I've given up running for now, mostly because of the ostomy device. But I continue to walk quite a bit when I can and so while not in marathon shape, I'm still very active. Recently I have been really missing running, so I've resolved to start back up right after our sale on 11/6 and get back into serious aerobic shape. I MISS being a runner. The bad part is while I weigh about what I did pre-diagnosis, the weight has shifted considerably and I don't have near the muscle mass I did. But that will change. I've done it before and I'll do it again.
In a strange & wondrous way, it's been a very good year. Thank you for helping me write this chapter of my life. The next chapter promises to be even better.