Posted on July 19, 2017
Posted on July 19, 2017hello friends of Bobby
as some of you may know Bobby has started his chemotherapy treatments. As of today Bobby has received 2 rounds of chemo with his 3rd round coming up on Monday. This will mark the 1/2 way point. I asked Bobby if he could give me something to update this page and this is what he wrote-
"I wouldn't say it's something I would ever choose to do, but it is something I will always remember. It is very grounding and one can't help but to feel compassionate walking into the chemo room and seeing a bald teenager receiving a treatment.
It really puts things in perspective. One of the main tasks that I have had to come to terms with during this illness is letting go. The whole idea of submitting to something or someone beyond me has been tough, but it has been important. When a nurse comes up with a couple bags of chemo and hangs them from my IV stand, pokes a hole in the skin covering the port that has been surgically installed in my chest, and rigs me up to receive the drugs… It's a deep thing. I mean, it really illustrates to me that life is bigger than just my world. That I am part of a greater humanity which is vulnerable, fallible and somewhat helpless to the effects of the universe on me. But it also reminds me of how beautiful humans are, how they are compassionate, loving and just want to enjoy this brief time we have on this earth.
I have four more treatments to go. The last treatment really made me tired for several days, had me somewhat nauseous and also made me feel a bit jittery and unsettled. I plan on trying some medical marijuana derivatives to ease some of the symptoms and, if the doctors that issue the license are correct, perhaps knocking out any arrant cancer cells. Who knows, the testing is by virtue of countries where marijuana is legal for such purposes and has been proven to be effective as a cure for these symptoms and as a cancer killer.
I have an appointment in a month to visit with a naturopathic oncologist in Denver. He comes highly recommended from another friend who was also struck with cancer. I just want some counseling on how to proceed from here after I finish the chemo. Perhaps he will be able to recommend a diet, supplements and lifestyle tweaks that will keep me free and healthy of the disease.
So, for right now, I need to gather together my strength for two more months and subject myself to these uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy.
I would say if my role model were to be an animal during this process, it would be that of a yak. Just setting a slow strong and deliberate course towards good health. Nothing will stop me from achieving that objective."
Posted on June 8, 2017
Posted on June 8, 2017hello friends
bobby had a visit with his oncologist yesterday and has decided to move forward with 3 months of chemotherapy.
bobby's specific cancer has a 15% chance of recurrence. when cancer is surgically removed from the body it has a tendency to recur or relocate in a different organ. usually it would appear in the lungs liver or bones. when this happens it can be much harder to treat.
the specific chemo that bobby will use drops the recurrence rate down to 8%.
usually people do chemo for 6 month periods but there are recent studies that show that doing more than 3 months for stage 3 colon cancer does not lower the recurrence rate. bobby's cancer was down graded to stage 2 so he will go with a 3 month plan.
bobby will also contact a naturopath in Denver who specifically works with cancer patients. he is intending to get set up for pre and post chemo care with him. in most cases one does not mix other therapies with chemo as they want the chemo to do its job and not interact with anything else.
as for bobby's day to day routine he is having good days and a some days where he is really tired. this is to be expected.
his incision points have turned the corner and healing nicely.
bobby is able to work here and there a few days but not able to really sustain a normal work week. he is thankful for the funds we all have helped him with.
moving forward bobby is still in need of a more supportive place to live. his current situation does not allow visitors and during chemo he may have homebound days where people may need to visit with food or help with the dogs. any leads to any housing for him and the dogs would be very appreciated!!
THANK YOU ALL for all your love and support !!!
Posted on June 3, 2017
Posted on June 3, 2017Hello friends
thank you all so very much for your support on all levels. Bobby has another meeting with his oncologist on wed to discuss chemo. He has also been gathering information about natural ways to support his body and deter any cancer from recurring. He is doing better everyday. We will have another update after the wed dr appointment.
Thank you all !!!!