Welcome to my blog dedicated to my Journey with Teal....Ovarian Cancer. This blog is where I will make updates to my treatments and tests....hoping to keep blog friends updated and answer any questions from visitors. I did not pick this journey, but am doing the best I know how to walk strong and gracefully, with my Lord's continual strength!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


The infusion went well...about 2 hours.  Everyone asks this question...so I will just answer here.  Getting chemo does not hurt.  Unless you react to the meds immediately, it is a long time hooked up and really not much to do.  I always take magazines to read.

I felt fine yesterday.  My hubs took me out to a gorgeous fabulous lunch afterwards. 

This morning I feel like I was run over by a truck.  No pain...just achey.  Took a hot bath and some advil.  That should help, I hope.  Otherwise, doing ok!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Heading Out the Door

to my first round of Avastin.  I am happy the wait is over.  Will let you know how I do!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Latest...as far as I KNOW!

I will be starting AVASTIN, I think next week.  I am still waiting to hear the details.  I will take Avastin as a single agent chemo for 2 cycles and see if it is helping me.  If not, at that time, either a new trial will open up OR I will be put on Taxil....

Sorry, that is really all I know for now.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hello, update

Oh I don't even know where to start.  The short of it is I can't participate in the clinical trial that was offered me.  My doctor had already left for the day when the clinical nurse stumbled upon this bit of  information.  She cancelled my appointment and said, we will be calling you next week.

I am concerned.  I guess I don't understand why there is so few options open to me when I am going to a research clinic. 

I am not ready to give up this fight.  Please pray that we will get some definate answers and soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Do you still...

get surprised at the amazing-ness of God?

I do!  Saw my oncologist today.  I prayed that the Lord would give me peace, clear direction, and if possible, another idea for a clinical trial.  My doctor walks in the room and says that one slot of a new trial opened up yesterday and it is mine if I want it!

I was thrilled and amazed.  I still have to pass all the pre-testing but he doesn't feel there will be a problem.

I won't lose my hair, the side effects are seemingly mild....but there are steroids.  That is the only negative, but I am ok with it.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and thoughts.  My husband and I both appreciate it.  I will keep you posted. 

What a wonderful anniversary present.  God is so Good.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Oh Boy, Here we go!

I knew this day was coming.  I just hoped it wouldn't be now.  I just got a call from my oncologist's office and they have decided that I need to go back on traditional chemo.  I am NOT happy.  My oncologist does not feel comfortable waiting for a clinical trial to open up and me not having any treatment.
Unfortunately, this means good bye hair and hello steroids. 

I really wish I could post something fun and uplifting for the weekend...but as my friend Ro says, it is what it is.

I will post after I see the oncologist next week and tell you what the plan is.  Please pray for me.  I know it is vain, but I really cannot stand losing my hair again. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dr's visit number...oh I don't know....

too many to count!

Well, decision made.  I will be on a new clinical trial.  Some increase in cancer growth...nothing terrible, but time to change treatment.

I already have shed the tears.  Got encouragement from my wonderful oncologist.  I tell you, he is sent from God for me.

So, 28 days without meds.  Pray that nothing goes crazy in this next month and I will let you know when all the new starts.  They will be using my port again, that much I do know.  No more pills.

Enjoy the day ladies...Enjoy the day!!