I’ve had a couple of routine checkups since the last time I wrote here, with the usual good results showing that my liver is healthily adjusting to this drug I’m on and the cancer is stable, which means the tumours haven’t grown. All very reassuring!
This week I’m celebrating because I’m now in my eighth year since diagnosis (advanced ovarian cancer), a fantastic milestone. I’ve been on this experimental treatment (targeted therapy – rucaparib) for 15 months which is more than double the duration for anyone else locally. There would be patients on rucaparib elsewhere who are doing as well as me but I haven’t met them.
Now for the worrying part – sorry to spoil the story.
My kidneys have started to play up. I’ve had a little bit of nausea and abdominal pain for a couple of months, hurting more this week, and my monthly blood test revealed raised creatin (indicator of kidney stress). An ultrasound scan on Wednesday showed that there’s a blockage caused by old scarring from an old lymph tumour located there. I had a few days in hospital having a stent put in my ureter (kidney to bladder on one side). The procedure went well and I’m recovering – just a little sore and very tired.
It was a bit of drama we didn’t need at Christmas, but lots to feel grateful about. I was back at home on Christmas Eve, had a really wonderful family celebration for Christmas, packed up on Boxing Day and now, believe it or not, we’ve made it to Woodford to camp for the week. Today is Day One of the festival and I am very happy to be here!
Best wishes and Season’s Greetings to you all our dear family and friends near and far, from me and John and the family!
Thank you for your gifts, cards, messages, emails and wishes which have been lovely and I’m sorry I haven’t managed to send out cards – yet. Maybe it’ll happen. I love the connection at this time of year and I also really appreciate your support following my blog.