The unplanned journey continues. HP is feeling quite well, overall. His energy levels have been great since his last chemo treatment (January). May his outside health be a reflection of how well he is doing on the inside.
Recent PET scan results show a decrease of bone disease in some areas, an increase in others, and some new spots. There are 2 areas of pain that are constant reminders. This week, we have started down the radiation rabbit hole, again. He will have his right shoulder area radiated next week, 5 treatments. The second area is his left hip, the one that was replaced and radiated within days of his replacement surgery. Because of the radiation occurring soon after the surgery, the orthopedic doctor thinks the pain is a result of the surgery not healing properly. His approach will also include pain control… a steroid shot.
HP remains on his regimen of traditional treatments, prescription drugs and supplements. The regimen, as a whole, is designed to slow the growth of his lung cancer tumor, the spreading of cancer stem cells, and manage side effects. From our vantage point, it seems the regimen has worked very well. He also receives a Zometa IV once every 6 weeks for bone strengthening purposes.
There will be changes to his regimen very soon. In addition to the upcoming radiation, steroid shot, prescription drugs, supplements and Zometa, he will likely receive IVC therapy. You’ve probably heard about this kind of treatment, high doses of Vitamin C via IV. We receive more information about this path tomorrow. Also, the oncologist gave us 30 days to consider using an immunotherapy drug called OPDIVO. We are seriously considering this as another piece of the puzzle of warding off growth and spreading of the disease. We hope oncology will allow us to add OPDIVO without compromising the regimen that has had so many promising results.
Nutritionally, we remain 80/20 Keto and some vegetarian meals. HP goes to the gym and is rebuilding muscle and strength. He often comments about how well he is doing today compared to the time (October 2016) when he had his first hip injury while playing tennis.
In the “feeding the soul” department, we are both doing very well. We go about this 2 entirely different ways. For HP, he feeds his soul through planning travel. HP has planned a fun trip with Chevy – just Bhaki and Chevy time – at Disney World. Then, we will head out on a birthday road trip. It will begin with Yellowstone, then a family wedding in Boise, and off we go, exploring. No reservations. No agenda. After that trip, it is very likely he will go to Peru for a 10-day wellness retreat (it may end up being a 31-day healing retreat). Travel planning is well underway for a big, bucket list kind of trip in 2019. Thailand and Vietnam. Our travel-planner-friend, Isa, is helping HP put it all together for us, and what a joy it is for him to do what he loves… Design-plan-execute.
In the last article, I wrote about accepting what is. I’m still working on it. HP is there. I have yet to arrive, but I feel closer to acceptance. If I fly up 100,000 feet and look back to observe, it seems quite simple… our lives are a series of Now moments… learn to let go of attachments, surrender… and, finally, accept what is.
We still have a ton of Now moments to live, love, learn and serve.
Thank you, friends who are family and family who are friends, for being with us every step on this path.