The Big C

Follow this special category if you want to find all the posts about my journey through pancreatic cancer. I found out about it in July 2018 due to an onset of jaundice. The tumor had grown to the point where it pinched my bile duct, and if there’s no bile draining from the liver, some stuff called bilirubin ends up in the blood stream. It made me all yellow, even the whites of my eyes. It’s ironic; jaundice allowed us to catch the cancer at a relatively early stage, so all in all, I’m grateful for getting jaundiced. Ain’t life weird?

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2 Weeks and 2 Days Later…

Don’t worry, I’m feeling pretty good. I still need naps. I’m on a strong course of antibiotics and so far, no side effects. I had a blood test and a CT scan on Wednesday and the news was good on all counts. My white blood cell count is still too low but has significantly recovered […]

Day 3 in the hospital

This is all trickle down effects of the chemo. I still don’t feel any cancer, which is fine with me. As far as we can tell the cancer is under enough control that we can afford to liberally spend our time on dealing with my infection, and it was effects from the infection that put […]

Infections on the liver are no fun

On Monday morning I got severe shivers and strong nausea. If you’ve been reading all these post you’ll know about the events I’ve called “sugar crashes”, and this was just like any of the others, I ate an orange to build up some sugar, and then nibbled on a fried egg and cheese sandwich to […]

We’ve got it on the run!

I got my latest chemo infusion on Thursday. So far I’ve got the side effects under control. Not only that but my CA19-9 marker is still dropping and with the Thursday CT scan, the tumor is still shrinking. We’re going to let this bet ride for a few more weeks ’till the next CT scan […]

A Most Uneventful Infusion

When nothing particularly bad happens, this is a reason to celebrate. I’m on my 3rd day after my infusion last Thursday and I haven’t been sick once. It’s the little things. I have felt tired, and have taken naps: Once on Friday, twice yesterday, and once today. Napping cut into my nausea a lot. If […]

Chemo the Day After Xmas

It wasn’t as bad as the last time because this time I kept up with my nausea meds. I get all lazy as expected, but the lack of nausea is much appreciated. Not much else to say. Almost everyone at work has been encouraged to take the days off between Xmas & NYE so I […]