Saturday, 29 August 2015

29 August 15 ... Chemo Results

Dr Viv and Brendan..they are quite a team.
Sitting in the Lifehouse Clinic reception is always an anxious wait. And yesterday was no different, to the last four times we have sat there, waiting to be called in by Dr Bhadri to get Brendan's results. It doesn't improve with the amount of times you do it, no matter what spin you attempt to put on it.
Dr Bhadri came out to show us into his room, looking smart in a striped shirt and his kind smile. We sat down as he looked at the results on his computer and then talked them over with us.
They are both good, and not so good, but even the not so good are OK. The good is that the chemo, up to now, is still managing the cancer in the spots that we knew about. Nothing is any bigger and may even appear to be sightly smaller. However the not so good is that there is also something showing up in a rib on the left side now, and another spot on the left lung. So the rollercoaster continues.
The indication of another spot showing up is devastating to hear, and with the subconscious action of a man that has had to deliver this news too many times before, Dr Bhadri pushes a box of tissues toward Brendan, while continuing to talk. We both take one. We are so glad to have Viv as Brendan's doctor; we know how hard he is fighting for us. I truly believe it has been the determination of these two amazing men, working together, that has played the biggest part in Brendan getting this far. I have no doubt, as rocky as it has been and still may get at times, that they have a long road to travel together yet. Somewhere along that road I am counting on them creating the miracle we are looking for. If anyone can, they can.
We are on to a new drug. As I understand it, Bren will trial it for 3 months and then do all the tests again. It is chemotherapy in tablet form, that can be taken at home, with side effects being monitored by our GP, who will report back to Dr Bhadri. We also have the wonderful oncology unit here at our local hospital for support if needed. We are hoping the side effects are tolerable because 3 months of treatment at home is far more attractive to Brendan (and the kids and I) then doing the last regime of Chemotherapy again, too soon. Bren has tolerated all previous chemos fairly well so Dr Bhadri is expecting that he will do well tolerating this one too. It will be nice to be home for three months straight, all going well.
Here is what we know for sure; the two previous drug combinations have managed the cancer to this point, since his amputation. This has prevented the spots already presenting from getting larger and shown us that Bren responds well to chemotherapy, as far as managing the cancer goes. It is a blessing that there are now a couple of drugs that have proved their ability to manage this disease, while we continue to try and find one that will hopefully get rid of it altogether. The ability to manage the cancer is something we are incredibly grateful for, even if it took a good cry and a good night sleep last night to get there. 
There is no timeline that can be given, we just have to keep on keeping on until we find the miracle drug that will work in every way we want it too. It may be this next regime or we may have to manage it for years until the right one turns up. But I have to continue to believe that one will.
So the ride continues and we are up for the challenge.
Thanks again to all who are following our story; the love, prayers and positive energy you are sharing with us is vital to Brendan’s recovery. You inspire us to keep moving forward.
Life is good and hope is limitless.
Cal xx
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