Hello all! I’m so terribly sorry I’ve been MIA. I needed a get-away from the craziness that is life, and a trip to Florida was just what the Doctor ordered! There is something about warmth and sunshine that heals the soul. And a few margaritas don’t hurt, either 🙂
As you all know, the Sylatron treatment was pretty tough. It really limited my ability to do…well…everything. I mentioned before that nothing has spread systemically, which is still great news. However, I’ve had a few localized mets that keep recurring. There is one presently a few inches from my origional melanoma that we have been watching, and unfortunately, it keeps growing even on Sylatron.
So I met with my onc and we had a long discussion about the possibilities going forward. I absolutely LOVE my oncologist – he’s so cerebral about the whole melanoma process. The science behind the research is confusing at best, and he really helps to clarify everything. Plus, he’s the kind of Doctor who never treats you like a case number.
Anyway, so he gave me another option that I hadn’t considered. He mentioned that since the Sylatron has been tough, and the in-transit is growing, we can potentially move on to more potent immunotherapy (Ipi/Nivo Combo) if we don’t resect the most recent met. This is kind of bending the rules to our advantage, because the therapy we’re moving to has a much greater efficacy rate. But hell, cancer doesn’t play by the rules, so why should we?!?!
I’m excited, but nervous. I swear, most days cancer is more a mental battle than a physical one. The waiting, the researching, the waiting, the doctor’s appointments, the scans and more waiting…it’s all mental prep for the physical fight. But we are fighting the good fight!!
On a very different note, we have a new addition to the family! Please meet Mr. Frank Sinatra, aka Frankie. He’s beautiful, isn’t he?!? A big ball of fluffy love!! He was at my volunteer humane society for over a month, healing from an autoimmune disease called pemphigus.
He was so sweet and so sick! He is healing up nicely now, but will likely be on medication for the rest of his life. I feel so connected to this kitty – we are both in need of consistent medical attention! Haha it’s true fuzzy love!!
He and my other female cat (Tamarin) are still in the introduction phase. Tamarin is turning 11 this summer and has been an only child for quite some time, so it will take awhile for her to get used to sharing. There has been some hissing and growling on her part, but no fights, so I think they just need some patience and time. And lots of kitty treats 🙂