Monday, August 20, 2012
Vacation mode. As I spend the waning days of summer (or at least some of them) on vacation, I'm spending less time in front of a screen. At first, I was spending more time in swimming pools and amusement park rides. Now I'm spending more time sitting on a deck and watching the sun reflect off the lake. Life kind of slows down at the lake and that's a good thing. But the combination of a leisurely pace and nothing new happening means not much to say on the blog front.
That said - I did have one idea kicking around in the form of a goal.
That's the schedule as it stands today. And that could be the beginning of the last cycle. Even if it isn't, the treatment should end by February. That's the plan: 4-6 months of beating back the growing lymph nodes and then.... I don't know. The theory is, we go into remission but it's been a long year of living with growing lymphoma, that it's hard to imagine a time when they're not growing. And in reality, they probably will be growing, just so slowly that it will take a long time before they're noticeable again.
Hopefully, a very long time.
My goal: cancer free for my 50s. Given the average remission rates for follicular lymphoma, that may be an ambitious goal. But as far as cancer patients go, I'm youngish and healthyish -- and I don't expect that to change, even with a treatment plan that spans my 50th birthday.