One Treatment Cycle Down – So far so good

4/29/15 – I have made it through my first treatments and so far so good. I will say that I feel a little tired but for the most part all is going as well as it could be. When I hit about 10 days after treatments it is predicted that my white blood cell count (WBC) will drop a bit. That seems to be what I recall happening in the past. In going through cancer treatments it is typically the “unknown” that makes things a little scary. With me being a “veteran” of chemotherapy since 2008, it is the “known” that makes things a little scary. Certainly, my history of infections is the elephant in the room (a problem that everyone knows is there but no one wants to acknowledge). 
My next set of appointments are as follows:
  • Tomorrow I need to return for an injection of Neulasta, This will help reduce the risk of infection by boosting my white blood cell count to strengthen my immune system. For some reason my neutrophil has been low. It was at 1.2. For it to be normal it must fall between 2.5 and 7.0.
  • May 7th I have a follow up with Dr. Goy
  • May 26th through May 28th I am scheduled for my 2nd treatment cycle

 I can’t say it enough how important it is for me to stay positive and to be driven by Faith, Hope, Love and Prayer. I truly believe that my good attitude and approach to my treatments is something that has been contagious with my chemotherapy comrades who share the same infusion room with me. Socializing, sharing our stories and providing encouragement to each other is extremely powerful to the healing process for all of us.
All and all this was a great way to start my treatment of MCL. I am looking for the momentum of this positive week to carry through to a successful outcome.
Here is a YouTube link to a great song that has been helping me greatly. I listen to it, play it on my guitar and I have even sung it in church. Give it a listen, I hope you get the same inspiration that I get from it. It is called “One thing Remains”. Enjoy!
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.Proverbs 17:22
More to come…

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