Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Round Up: Because Too Many Things Are Racing Through My Mind

Treatment
Monday's platelet count was 104. This is good news because I dropped another 10 mg of prednisone the previous Friday when my count was 100 and I typically lose platelets over the weekend. This time I made a few. I also began treatment again and had an Avastin infusion along with my IV Ig. On Thursday, I will get Abraxane with IV Ig. I am now going to the doctor only two times a week. It's a huge relief and I continue to remind myself that things are going in the right direction.

Informed Cancer Patient
Thanks to a grant from the
YSC Northern New Jersey Chapter, I will be attending the 8th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer next month. I am really looking forward to it and not just because the weather is going to be lot nicer in Jacksonville, Florida than it is here. This conference is a vital informational and emotional resource for young women who have experienced breast cancer. I find it invigorating and inspiring. It gives me hope for everyone living with cancer. Plus, there are friends to reconnect with and wine to be imbibed. Duh.

Friends
A couple of women I love could use some prayers for strength, courage and hope. If you've got them, please pass them along to:
  • My friend Sal, whom I met in the UK. She and her husband are a handsome pair of ballroom dancers as well as generous hosts. They opened their home to me and My Love on our last night in the UK and sent us back to the US with our bellies bulging from a proper English breakfast. Sal has been going toe-to-toe with bone mets for awhile and has recently been admitted to the hospital.
  • My friend Charnette, whom I see every year at the YSC conference. This week, she started whole brain radiation. She is vivacious, courageous, knows the power of hope and is focused on her new assault on cancer.
Consider yourself rounded up.

4 comments:

Liza said...

I wish I could be with you at the YSC convention. Enjoy the company and your wine!

Sending prayers of constant hope and strength to Sal and Charnette.

I've been lucky enough to meet Charnette and she's one tough cookie who will kick back those mets. Zap! Zap!

xo L

Liza said...

ps. Awesome on the counts, Tray!!!! Maybe it was the French Martini from Sunday that did it.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the count! I'm thrilled for you.

I will definitely keep Sal & Charnette in my prayers. I was luckily enough to meet Charnette too. A wonderful young woman!

Have a great time at the convention. I know you will be an inspiration to many as you have been in previous years!!!

Kisses,
Katie

Jamie said...

I can't believe we won't all be going to the conference together this year. I guess its best because we tend to keep you all to ourselves and away from you "public"!

Lots and lots of positive thoughts and good vibes are on their way to Sal and Charnette! When you see Charnette at the conference be sure to give her a big hug for me!

love, love, love!
JP