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“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11
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November 20, 2012
Made it through 6 treatments, but they had to stop Cisplatin at 5 because it was affecting me adversely. My fingers were going numb and my ears are ringing constantly.  Headed out to get a PET scan today.  I had a head and neck MRI yesterday.

October 1, 2012
October already?  I still haven't got my pirate costume together.  Trying to find a nice pirate jacket that doesn't break the bank.  
Last week was pretty rough with the chemo.  I saw the doctor on Monday and we went over my CT scan.  There were several places that had shrunk by 30%. Overall the chemo is working and there hasn’t been any spreading.  There also hasn’t been any more fluid building up.  After my sixth treatment I will get a PET scan to see where things stand.  If I can handle it we may go as many as 8 full treatments.

September 19, 2012
I got a brief overview of my CT scan and it was good news.  Overall everything has responded to the treatment and nothing has spread.  I will have a more detailed account on Monday.

September 6, 2012
September already?  Made it through my 3rd round of chemo. It really beat me down.  CT Scan scheduled for September 13.  Probably won't get the results until the 24th when I see the doctor.

August 26, 2012
Getting ready for my 3rd round of chemo.

August 14, 2012
The rash is getting better.  I am so tired all the time. Fighting one day at a time.

August 7, 2012
Chemo all day yesterday and a bag of 5-FU until Friday evening.  This is the second round of six. Will get another scan in mid to late September to see how things look.  The antibiotic hasn't slowed the acne rash much.  My head is itching like crazy. when my hair falls out I am going to look like a big pimple-head.  

August 5, 2012
Tomorrow starts a new chemo session and five days of 5-FU.

August 4, 2012
Feeling pretty good these last couple of days, except for the rash on my head.  It itches like crazy and it hurts to the touch.  They gave me an antibiotic to fight it.  Apparently the Cetuximab cause acne to flare up.  The good news about that is they think that it is working because I am having a reaction.

July 31, 2012
Going in for a Cetuximab treatment.  The rash is spreading to my face.  The doctor thinks it is a good sign, it means the stuff is working.

July 30, 2012
Throat is slightly better since yesterday, I was able to eat some spaghetti.  Finally, soup was just getting old.
The rash from the Cetuximab is spreading across my chest and it is on my scalp making sleeping uncomfortable.  It is like a bad acne outbreak. I get another round of Cetuximab tomorrow.

July 28, 2012
Woke up early, throat is killing me and causing me considerable trouble trying to eat. Sleeping with low saliva production has caused my throat to dry out and become very sore.  I have to figure out how to beat this issue.  I have lost 30 pounds since June 18.
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