Friday, July 24, 2009

good week

Hi Everyone
Just a short note to let you know I am doing really well. I am at day 12 of this cycle and on the upwards swing.
My blood count has come up nicely. I am working extremely hard at getting the perineal wounds to heal, and they are much better than they were on Monday, hopefully will get them healed by next chemo.
 A friend from university has been able to get me the full articles of the studies on the treatments of endometrial cancer, and I am starting to "believe" that my prognosis IS very good.
Since stage 3 and 4 endometrial cancers are so rare,  it is very hard to get enough women for a proper study (ie one that will have enough numbers to make it statistically significant), so they lump the two stages together. To be stage 4, it means that the cancer has spread to the bladder or bowel at the time of initial surgery.  So by getting the whole article, you can see the difference. 
So all in all I am feeling better about my prognosis.
I find that I tend to get down and depressed about day 5-7 or so with each cycle. When you feel awful, it is hard to imagine (believe).. that this is all going to go away.
I have been working this week, and will next week as well.
My next chemo is August 3rd, which is also my birthday.
Perhaps I should make a turmeric/ginger cake in for the staff.......

love and peace
janet bates
jankenb @


  1. wow, I didn't know we shared a birthday! I will be France with my parents for my 52nd birthday. It will be the first birthday I have celebrated with them since my marriage, which will be 24 yrs that day. So hopefully, if I have not argued with them before then(I will be keeping my mouth shut :)), it will be a happy day.

    Good to hear that you are feeling much more optimistic about your treatment protocol. Hope your birthday goes well.

  2. well I guess I am exactly one year older than you.
    My sisters birthday is August 2nd, and Obama's is on the 4th.
    When do you leave for France?
    My ancestors were exiled from France a long time ago for being protestants.