I don’t know if I have mentioned lately just how thankful I am to have a genetic marker!! We received more positive news last week when I learned that my tumours have continued to shrink while taking Xalkori! They are slowly, but surely, shrinking and I couldn’t be more grateful that this targeted treatment is working! I am able to lead a normal (as normal as it can get while living with lung cancer) life while on these pills.
I attended my brother’s wedding on September 5th at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. It was an absolutely perfect day and I am so happy that they have found each other and got to share their love with their friends and family. I am thrilled to call Kathleen my sister and will try to stop pressuring them to have babies soon (despite the fact that Jack would love a cousin anytime!). My secret flash mob went off without a hitch and we all danced the night away. If my dancing and swimming as of late is any indication of how well I am doing, then lung cancer better watch out because I’ve got this!
How beautiful are they?
I am feeling great and am now continuing with this treatment until my next scan which is September 25th. I was even fortunate enough to be able to travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to get away from it all and benefit from some Vitamin D! Jack had his first swim this week and is loving his first vacation.
The 16th Annual World Lung Cancer conference took place in Denver, Colorado this week and my amazing oncologist Dr. Scott Laurie attended and no doubt brought back more breakthrough developments with regards to this terrible disease. A fellow young lung cancer fighter and now survivor, Emily Bennett Taylor, opened the conference by sharing her story. A non-smoker who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at 28 had her right lung removed and has been NED for over two years now. I know that learning about her story when I was first diagnosed helped me to remain positive and optimistic and I know that when I beat this disease, I will certainly strive to do the same. Who knows, maybe I will get the chance to attend one of the conferences in the future!
Once again, I will wait patiently for my next scan to tackle this battle one step at a time. I know that combination chemo/radiation is the go-to plan in the future but we will wait to see just how much shrinkage we can get from these pills! Due to the size of my tumours, I was going to be offered 30 days of radiation as a curative treatment as that was the most that my body would be able to handle. A full treatment would be 33 days and we are hoping and praying that I will be able to receive the full treatment of 33 days once we determine just how much these masses have shrunk! I never thought I’d see the day where I was “praying for more radiation” and eager to get started! It’s crazy how your entire life can be turned upside down and your perspective on life entirely changed with one simple statement: “You have late stage lung cancer”. I’ve always been upfront with my doctors by explaining that I want to be as aggressive as possible. I don’t care if I have to strap on an oxygen tank in a backpack for the rest of the my life because as long as I’m breathing, I’ll be fine!