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Chemo 43.0 and 44.0

I have to apologise for the lack of updating over the past few weeks. This is largely due to the feeling of not having anything new to add, and also just being really busy with work. Both of which in their own ways are actually good things. Work is definitely a therapeutic distraction from chemotherapy. It is in the process of returning to work and enjoying it, that I am denying cancer the opportunity to ruin my life (that was if I was to anthropomorphize an inanimate disease).

The last two rounds have been progressively tougher to tolerate. I’m not sure if this is because my memory of rounds over 6 months previous have been selectively erased, or because they actually are, or because in the interim I began to get used to feeling well again. This most recent round (44) was definitely rough in terms of nausea. There was a lot of dry retching over toilet bowls, breaking out in sweats, and generally feeling miserable. Ironically, the bounce back to wellness post-chemo has been better though compared with the previous two rounds. Rhyme or reason with chemotherapy is often lost, and each round is as predictable, and as unpredictable as the previous. I think as the routine slowly settles back in, it is easier to accommodate the intrusion into my life.

Perhaps one change between my last update and now is that I have decided to move forwards in areas of my life such as work. This may or not may be a fruitless endeavor, but I am keen to advance my career, and am beginning to make moves with regards to getting involved in research, and considering the step up to registrar level sometime in the future. Most, if not all of this hinges around what my next scan will show. Either it will be non-response and widespread metastatic disease, signalling the beginning of the end, or it will be responsive, signalling a longer, rather than a shorter life expectancy (or somewhere in between which will just make the shades of grey harder to interpret). Hopefully it will be the latter, and plans will continue afoot. The next CT scan will be in early September sometime.

In other slightly related news, I’ll be giving a lecture to the third year medical students on Monday again (I did the same last year) speaking on patients perspective of disease.

Until next time…

  1. Jess
    July 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    cool to hear where you are at Jared, I pray for you almost every night:) good luck with your lecture, I’m sure the students will all be really interested in what you have to say (I know whenever you’re in my vicinity I want to stop talking and listen, so I bet others are the same:) )

  2. Christy
    July 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the update, was just wondering how it was going for you. Go for it Jarrod, glad your work is giving you some satisfaction and that you can look ahead. Best wishes to you and Hannah, Christy Rolfe

  3. Maree
    July 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Jared,
    You and Hannah have been prayed for at home-group tonight – people in our group were asking how you are doing so thanks for the update. Yes we will be continuing to pray about
    the next CT scan and your career advancement – go for it Jared! I will pray about your lecture next Monday – you are touching the lives of so many people and sharing God’s love, you are so encouraging and inspiring to others 🙂 We are really busy at MMH so if you can
    do a run out this way it would be much appreciated!! Cheeky I know! Had to mention 😉
    God bless,
    Maree xx

  4. Dyana Parore-Connell
    July 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the update and that you are enjoying working. Best wishes to you and Hannah

  5. Delphine
    August 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I have red your blog and I follow you on twitter too. It s good to hear from you. Praying for your you.

  6. August 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Hey Jared,
    I’m a friend of Cara’s, I ask about you often and pray and think of you often.
    Keep checking for an update, being a month later. Keen to hear how things are with you…
    Praying for good nights sleeps for you.

  7. October 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Jared,
    me the freaky stalker again….notice it’s been over a month again…think of you and wifey often and pray for you and hope to hear how things are going. If there is anything a stranger can do, let me know, me and the husband are keen to help whenever it’s needed/wanted.

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