The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly...
Thank you for all of your prayers. I really appreciate it!

Well it's time to get you caught up. On Wednesday May 31 I had my 7th chemo treatment. The treatment itself went well. It's everything after that, that has been a lot to deal with. I am assuming that all of my symptoms are a result of the new chemo drug given since I haven't had these before. Right away the next day I started to have stomach pain anytime I put anything into my mouth. Even just drinking a few sips of water caused pain. This continued to last for a week before getting some relief. Over the weekend after dealing with constipation and then loose stools, I developed the worst case of hemorrhoids I have ever had. It hurt to walk and sit. None of the over the counter products seemed to help. This took a week to get some better. If any of you have suggestions for this please let me know.

On Tuesday June 6 I had an appointment with my endocrinologist for my thyroid. She took a look at my labs and my thyroid numbers looked good and said that we were going to leave my prescription the same and to schedule in 3 months for a recheck. I also had a followup with my orthopedic doctor regarding my bone remodeling. He took some X-rays and said the bones are remodeling fine from the micro fractures and my leg pain should continue to get better. I will see him in 3 months for a follow up.

Tuesday night while watching TV I started to get a fever. At 4 AM my fever was up to 102.8 but by 6 AM it had broke. I notified my oncologist and we made a plan to keep a watch out for more fevers. Anytime I have a fever over 100.4 I need to contact them.

On  Wednesday June 7 I had a virtual appointment with my palliative care doctor. We talked mostly about my new symptoms, the stomach pain and hemorrhoids and he told me that I probably have developed an ulcer in my stomach from all the chemo drugs. He prescribed me two new prescriptions to try for the next two weeks to see if I can get some relief.

Wednesday night my parents arrived for a visit for the next two weeks.

Thursday morning I had my PET Scan. I haven't spoken with Dr Brown (oncologist) yet but it appears that my cancer is no longer visible!!! I will write more on this after I have spoken to Dr Brown.

Thursday evening left me feeling feverish again so I called in and talked to the on call staff. They told me that I needed to go have labs drawn to see what was going on. Instead of driving all the way into Charlotte we were instructed to go to the ER in Lincolnton. My labs revealed my WBC count was 0.4. This means that my body has no immune system to fight off anything. The ER doctor contacted the staff in Charlotte and they all agreed I needed to be admitted until my count comes back up. They told us this at about 11 PM. I spent the night in the ER and they took me to a room upstairs the next morning about 8:30 AM. Since then I have been getting IV antibiotics and fluids. The have been culturing my blood but so far nothing has grown. I still continue to get fevers throughout the day. Last night they gave me a shot to try to help stimulate my WBC. My count this morning was 1.39. They are giving me another shot tonight. So we will see if it will stimulate it enough that I might be able to go home. If I'm not released tomorrow I am hoping for Monday.

  1. That my WBC count raises enough to be released from the hospital.
  2. That I can find relief for my hemorrhoids.


  1. Have you tried eating prunes or drinking “Smooth Move” herbal tea for constipation? They work for me. I pray and thank God for your continued healing and for your body to function properly., in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
  2. Your positive attitude is such an inspiration. Keeping you in my prayers.
  3. Kimberly K Chase  06/10/2023 10:36 PM Central
    So happy to hear cancer isn't visible! That's great news!! Now to get those white blood cells up and keep you healthy! Praying for you1 - love you oodles!
  4. There is a lot going on, but I want you to keep focused on your progress. No longer visible makes me happy and I hope it makes you overjoyed. I am glad your parents are here. Their love means so much right now. I will see what I can find out about the 'roids! I love you! You are doing this thing! I am really proud of you!
  5. Prayers for you and keeping positive thoughts during your recovery.

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