Sunday, January 08, 2006

An Unwanted Journey: Day 0045 - Day Before Treatment

This is the final day before treatment. Diagnosis, although not complete until the post-surgical pathology report, is as complete as it can be. I’ve had all the important tests and images, the insertion of the PICC line, my medical team is in place with a well-conceived plan ready to implement, home nursing is already attending to my needs, friends and family and colleagues are aware of what I will be going through and many have been incredibly supportive, I’ve started a nutritional plan and a physical training plan with clear objectives…everything is ready to go.

No doubt there will be a few more surprises, maybe some side effects to cope with, possibly some surgical complications, and undoubtedly some tough days when my spirits are low. But I feel ready, in fact eager, to begin treatment. Apart from the occasional moments when I still find myself thinking, “What? Me? Cancer? You got to be kidding!”, I’m approaching this with real optimism and a solid belief that I can beat this thing.

Here we go!


Anonymous said...

Don - you are in my thoughts, hopes, and prayers. I hope everything goes as smoothly as possibly and that the treatment is not too grievous on you.

Brother Michael

Don Spencer said...

Thanks, Michael. I appreciate your love and concern.

Thus far, side effects have been minimal, although I am beginning to feel some fatigue. There are some nose bleeds now too, etc. but nothing unmanageable.

It is so good to be able to work during this treatment period. Just the distraction value alone makes it much more bearable, but there is also the sense of accomplishment and contribution which really does make a difference too.

Take care, brother.