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Gut Feeling….

Normal protocol is 25 radiation treatments, but the trend in the US is 28 according to our radiation oncologist.  He couldn’t really tell us how much more effective 28 vs 25 is, but his gut feeling (working hypothesis sounds better) is that 28 if she can take it, is better. … What is ‘better’ ?…. ‘better’… Hmmm.   Considering Kathleen’s gut is feeling worse with every treatment, every day is getting harder and harder and she has to consider is the damage being done less worse than the potential for the cancer to take hold.  Yesterday morning was a bit of a scare as she threw up either old blood or bile. She hasnt eaten anything of quantity since Saturday, so it wasnt food.  Something that looked like cola syrup anyways.  If its 25, Friday is the last day. If its 28, a week from now.  The oncologist warned us that the last three are indeed tough and scaring, which doesnt even show up for a good 3-4 weeks after the last treatment, can potentially cause a blockage in her bowls– 1 in 100 vs 6 in 100.  Monday is a holiday, and she can opt out if need be Tuesday AM.  But for now, she has her eyes on 28 and will do what it takes to make it through.


About In the Cancer Bubble

I am Kathleen's partner of almost 25yrs supporting her through this very tough and rough spot.

5 responses to “Gut Feeling….

  1. Colleen and Terry ⋅

    Morning, we are thinking of you so much and are always in your corner every day! You are a brave and strong warrior Kathleen, you will do this. The pics of you all enjoying the beauty of life and nature are so inspiring! They are beautiful, and we can all learn from your family’s love and dedication….Colleen and Terry

  2. Gabor ⋅

    Hi Kathleen,

    You’re almost there and done with the radiation. Then maybe You and Mike can take a few days and rent a cottage to get away from home, and recharge for the fall and chemo. It would be great for both of you. Enjoy the last bit of summer together before the next battle begins.

  3. Jill ⋅

    Sunny greetings from Ottawa,

    This is such a great photo of loving, supportive and caring friends. Kathleen, it is clear that you continue to draw on your own amazing strength and positive attitude and the wonderful compassion and support of the people and furry friends around you who love and care about you.

    Sending big hugs and hopes for moments that keep you smiling.

    xo Jill

  4. Lidia ⋅

    Good morning Kathleen & Mike I can only imagine how tuff this is and now added 3 more treatments just when you thought the break was around the corner can bring your spirits down. I know your a fighter Kathleen and you can do it!!!!

    FYI I am cheering you on every step of the way even if it baby steps they all count in the end to victory.

  5. judy ⋅

    Hang in there. three more zaps, but that’s next week. A brief respite on the long weekend and it should be a nice one. Looking good in the photos Kathleen,
    Love Judy

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