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Chemo 18.0

After updating for 18 different rounds, it’s a wonder that anyone still reads these, but apparently people do. The novelty of chemo wore off 20 minutes into round 1. The routine settled in around round 5. Breaks and much needed reprieve from the toxicity occurred around round 11, and now, at round 18, its the hard grind.

When you know that there is no end in sight, save for two unsavoury outcomes (toxicity or non-response of the cancer), then round 18 doesn’t seem so much of an accomplishment, but rather a measure of the grindingly slow progress to an inevitable end. This particularly round was worse with regards to the nausea. I have been fortunate enough to not yet vomit with any of my chemo, and I would like to hold that record out for as long as possible. The unrelenting nausea can only be related to by fellow chemo sojourners, and those with child (based on my observations). Words really do not convey how ill you can feel.

So I soldier on, round 19 in two weeks time. Only 4 weeks of medschool left (not counting this one), and then a much needed break traveling around the south island with Hannah for 2 weeks. I’m not as depressed as this post sounds, but am definitely as sick of chemo as I make it out to be… maybe even a bit more :-).

Till next round…

  1. Kate Gregory
    October 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    We read these! Hope you are feeling better soon and that you continue to write about how you are going -I am forever impressed at your tackling of TI year and Chemo at the same time, and I am waiting to cheer you on through House surgeon year (even if I don’t cheer very loudly from Wellington).

    • Jared
      October 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Glad to see someone does πŸ™‚

  2. Mike Ardern
    October 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Yep, I read ’em too. Actually your line about “The unrelenting nausea can only be related to by fellow chemo sojourners, and those with child” is encouraging – having a bed-ridden wife for the past 4+ weeks due to some baaaaaad morning sickness. I thought it was just her πŸ˜‰


  3. JD
    October 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I still read it and after 18 rounds (not counting the earlier ones) I’m AMAZED at your resilience! Cancer, chemo & med school – hats off to you! Hope you feel better soon & keep your non-puking record πŸ™‚

  4. Lynelle
    October 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I’m still reading Jared! Am amazed you’ve managed to tackle chemo and final year med school simultaneously – no mean feat! Am always encouraged by your attitude through everythign you’ve gone through thus far – keep it up!

  5. Luke
    October 5, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I’m still reading too. πŸ™‚

  6. rhys
    October 5, 2010 at 6:55 am

    same here! 4 weeks from finishing school! you must be stoked, i’m not sure i’ve got 2 more years of study in me πŸ˜›

  7. Ursula
    October 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I still read all your blogs – it’s nice to hear from somebody who can actually write well! Congratulations on your pending graduation – you should be really proud of yourself! We have been having some spectacular weather in Otago in recent weeks (save the snow storms). Let me know if you have time to catch up in Dunedin πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah L
    October 5, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Still reading Jared! Huge accomplishments for you – not only the Chemo, but finishing Med – you have probably exceeded everyones expectations – that is everyone who doesn’t know you! Keep on trucking on, keep on writing, we’ll keep on reading. πŸ™‚

  9. jess :)
    October 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

    dude i think you are actually about to lap me (and james for that matter) – we haven’t even got one degree! Am very excited you are about to come a-visiting again, totally didn’t get enough of either you or Hannah at the wedding. hope hannah’s baking is preventing you losing weight through the chemo! o and if there’s time i’m totally keen to try out some baking on you guys – i got so much baking stuff for my fake bday and can’t wait to use it! just to jump on the band wagon with everyone else, your blogs are great – it’s a refreshing change from non-informative fb updates. also i realy liked your blog about death. as for taking bets…i’m rooting for round 31:)

  10. Maree
    October 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Jared, still following your blog also, thank you for your updates and photos. You have a lot of support out there Jared. Looking forward to seeing some pic’s of your graduation!!

    I’m sorry that the chemo rounds have such horrible side effects 😦
    Hope you recover quickly from the nausea etc of this latest round. Your holiday away sounds awesome – do you have room in your suitcase to take an extra? If you don’t ask – you don’t receive, thought I’d test the theory! πŸ™‚

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