Wanted to share my progress.
I gave a 1 month update and wow, time has been cruising by.
Technically my 3 months would have been Jan 26th, but I've been busy - which is good.
Hopefully those that are still in treatment can expect the same or even better outcomes (at least so far).
16th of Jan. Blood test and visit Onc.
Blood tests all came back exceptionally well. WBC in the 7800 range, platelets, RBC all really well.
Liver enzymes well in the normal ranges. CEA was still (unfortunately) slightly above the norm at 3.0, but this is down from 3.7 last treatment (so still on downward trend).
Onc wants a scope within 2 months. So I've got that and port flush scheduled later in the month.
Bowel movements - mostly normal. Every couple of weeks it seems I still have some looser than normal BM's - bordering on diarrhea. But is usually only for a day or so.
I feel like I can go places, travel, etc - without too much concern. If I feel there is any reason for concern - I'll pop half an Imodium and I'm good for at least 12 hours.
I do notice certain foods will have a laxative effect. Dairy, especially in the form of milk. I can't do - must use lactose free milk. Too much gluten can also wreak havoc (moderation seems ok).
Nightshades (potatoes in moderation seem ok).
Energy levels (GREAT). Pretty much all the way back to normal on the energy front.
I continue to lift weights and walk/run/bike 2+ miles per day. No pain to speak of.
Neuropathy <- I know this is a big one for a lot of people, post treatment. My neuropathy has continued to decrease.
It's to the point where I don't really notice it at all except for my hands in hot water or in my feet after an extended distance of running - but both remain mild and seem to continually subside.
While I have been very busy with work related things, I finally found some time to do an activity that I've enjoyed for a long time now - Snow Boarding.
This weekend I made it up to Mission Ridge. It was a brilliantly sunny day. The only thing that could have made it better would have been some fresh powder, but the main fairs were pretty well groomed - so it made for an excellent day. My body faired quite well. I made 13 runs which is pretty close to what I would normally do. I experienced no tiredness or soreness the day of. My legs did feel a bit sore the next day, but nothing out of the ordinary. I found the day not only pleasurable in that it was gorgeous and fun boarding - but found some renewed faith that progression towards normalcy was within reach. Some sense of self assurance.
I wish everyone health and happiness!
Never give up!
Much love, as always!
I took some pics!
3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
Granix given, Now Zarxio treatments every session.
Treatment 7 reduced to 75% OXI
Treatment 8-12 - NO OXI, just Luke and 5FU
10/20/17 CT-SCAN - CLEAR! - NED
3/18 Scope - Clean
7/18 CT-Scan - Clear, but CEA 4.6