Just a quick update…
This morning I began another long battle of cancer fighting, by having my liver biopsy. It was a litle painful even under light sedation, but luckily I knew what to expect, having to have one about 9 months ago. I’m sore and tired now, but that’s about it. Results won’t be received for about 2 weeks.
In the meantime, my doctors are trying to obtain approval by my insurance company, to begin taking a new drug on the market (and not yet FDA approved), called nivolumab. The first attempt for approval was denied, so my team sent letters and clinical research articles to try to get them to change their minds. They should have a response by early next week, so fingers crossed.
I’ve been having tumor fevers again, along with bone and liver pain. I’m starting to actually feel sick again, and I hate it. That being said I’m very anxious to start treatment. The side effects of the new drug appear to be pretty minimal in comparison to the treatments I’ve had in the past, so I’m definitely ready to go.
Thank you to everyone, especially the West Geauga Schools and football team. There is really something to be said about the kindness and generosity of the people in our small town. Additionally, The dinners, phone calls, cards, help with child care, and “forget all your troubles and let’s get a pedicure day”, of family and friends,
have really helped me to take my mind off of the worst time of my life. Also thank you for your understanding of not wanting to talk some days, return phone calls, or go anywhere. Emotionally speaking, some days are just better than others.
I’m not ready to go yet. I know it’s just not my time. So bring on the battle. I’m ready to fight. Thanks for remaining in my corner ❤️
Ps. Happy 4 year anniversary to the most amazing, supportive, sensitive and loving man in the world. You have stood by my side always, constantly cheering me on from the sidelines. I promise to do the same for you-in this life, and after. I love you so much, Derek. I’m so lucky the you found me. ❤️