Yup, I've Got It (Kidney Cancer)Kidney cancer. Now I've only got one of 'em.
They tried me on something called Sutent, and that seemed to work, but the side-effects were untenable. Soon I'll be in an experiment evaluating a combination of Avastin with something else. I won't know if I get Avastin plus something-else or if I'm in the control group and get only Avastin. In any case, science marches forward.
So far the effects of the cancer aren't that bad (if you don't count losing a kidney as "that bad"). The fatigue really sucks, though. Good thing I have the internet to play around on, because I can no longer go hiking. I do miss that a lot.
There's a great quote by Samuel Johnson (attributed to Boswell, I think): "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."
That is so true! It's one thing to know that one day I'll die. Knowing that I might be gone six months from now has made every day extra special. Walking the dog is twice the treat it ever was, and sometimes this seems like one of the best years of the 54 I've been alive. It's amazing how things change when we pay attention to the moments.
So there's good stuff along with the suckage. We'll see how it goes from here.
TimXCampbell 51-55, M 10 Responses 4 Oct 11, 2011