Special holiday greetings to all. I appreciate so much your comments and emails – they give me a lifeline to the “real” world when my own world seems so topsy turvy. My CT scan on the 2nd was a mixed bag. My cancer markers had returned to their previous level – a disappointment to say the least. My pancreatic tumor hasn’t changed in size since my diagnosis in August. However, my liver has some new “mets” and the ones that were there before have grown some. In addition there were a couple of spots on my lungs – inconclusive whether they are mets or something minor. Dr. Singh has one more chemotherapy routine that we can try to get those markers down. It is basically our last option. I’m supposed to start that next Monday, the 13th. I have mixed feelings about it. I would likely lose my hair, which, while not the end of the world, would be hard for me psychologically. And no guarantee that this one would work any better than the others. For whatever reason, the chemo I have received or just my own particular body, the cancer is moving slowly despite the increasing markers. He (Dr. Singh) is puzzled that I basically haven’t responded to anything he’s tried – unusual in his experience. Other than that, my blood sugar appears to be under control. Losing weight is still an issue – I just can’t seem to maintain or gain weight. It gets complicated trying to balance the celiac disease, diabetes, and a total lack of appetite. Still struggling emotionally but trying to remain upbeat and positive. My sister visited last weekend and that was a boost – she came up from Oklahoma for two days to do some Christmas shopping and I tagged along! So that’s about it for this week. I hope everyone is well and enjoying this special time of year!
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