It’s just over 3 weeks since my chemo ended and slowly I am getting my taste buds back. I have started jogging at the weekends again but it’s slow going. I know my expectations are too high, but I have never been one to have to stop and walk. However, I am now finding that this is what I have to do. I have to accept that it will take some time to get back in shape.
I had my end of chemo scans the week before last and also my follow up with Dr. Krell, my oncologist. After the first 3 months the scans showed that the volume of mucin (fluid) in my abdomen has reduced and my blood tests showed that all of my tumour markers are in normal range. At the end of 6 months the mucin volume was stable (the same as at the 3 month mark) and the tumour markers are all still in normal range. As a result, we have agreed to stop the chemo and I will have a scan and blood test every three months to see how things are going. This is good news. As it’s low grade and slow growing, the expectation is that it will stay this way for some time.
It will take about 6 months for all of the chemo to be out of my system, but by 3 months I should be feeling back to normal.
I’m pleased with the result and very happy to be off the chemo and the steroids. I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy food and drink again and as Kate Bush says ‘Running Up That Hill’ soon.