This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
Today’s the day! I start a new drug protocol. My PET scan last week revealed one new spot on my spine. So we’re switching up my medications. I’m excited to start on a regimen that is intended to be more proactive than the reactive radiation that we have been doing after new spots have cropped up. Recent studies of this drug combo (Faslodex & Ibrance) have showed promising results that doubled the median progression-free survival period for patients with my tumor profile. Considering that I have had new spots at every quarterly scan, I’m pretty stoked at the idea that I could go more than a few months without a new metastasis developing! I’ll start the Faslodex shots today & then start the Ibrance (oral medication) at the beginning of the new year. While on these new medications I am still able to have radiation; we will decide after my next MRI in February if we’ll proceed with radiation therapy to the new lesion. Overall, I’m encouraged by this plan of attack.
Praise God, I also have an appointment with the Fatigue Clinic today! I’m so hopeful that we can find a solution to get this fatigue under control! It’s been very frustrating to be so worn down by late afternoon.
Surgery to remove my ovaries is still slated for December 20th.
I’d appreciate prayers for the following:
- A plan to combat my fatigue… whether it’s medication, diet, vitamins… I’m willing to try anything. It’s especially important to get the fatigue under control now because increased fatigue is a common side effect of the oral medication I will begin in January.
- That my body will respond well to these new drugs and that they will keep the cancer at bay for a significant period of time.
- For steady hands and sharp minds for my surgical team on Dec 20th
- For minimal side effects with the new medications. Some of the more commonly reported side effects are lowered red & white blood cell counts (leaving me more vulnerable to infection), fatigue, nausea and weakness.
- There is also a risk of hair thinning or loss and I know this is vanity, but I believe a God who knows the number of hairs on my head (Luke 12:7; Matt 10:30) & collects my tears (Ps. 56:8) is concerned with even the little things, so I’m praying for no hair loss.
- For wisdom going forward.
- For continued peace.
- For God to be glorified.