Today is my cancerversary. One year ago today I was diagnosed with two stage III colon cancer tumors, and on September 29, 2021 I had surgery to remove about half my colon. After surviving a painful abscess complication and a strange bout of GI distress that both put me in the hospital for days, I soon got to feeling better and having my body operate more normally. I endured 15 rounds of chemotherapy, with two different regimens (FOLFOX and then FOLFIRI). The whole time my CEA levels have been increasing, showing cancer growth somewhere. After a couple PET scans it was discovered that I have four metastases in my liver. Since July 17, 2022 I have been off the chemotherapy while waiting for liver resection surgery and I’m feeling great.
The current state of things is that on September 16th, 2022 I am scheduled for liver resection surgery to cut out three tumors and perform an ablation on a fourth. I will have a hepatic artery infusion pump installed to deliver more powerful chemotherapy specifically to my liver, to keep other tumors from forming or to reduce very small tumors if they haven’t yet appeared.
I am living a happy, blessed, and grateful life, and I hope that things go well with this new procedure. Love and prayers are always appreciated!