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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-12-19 07:46
Subject: [cancer] Chemo 12 of 12, day 3
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Well, yesterday the pump came off for the last time in this chemo series. I am done with it for now. Chances are better than even that there's a pump in my future again, but for now I'll take the gradual return to normalcy.

I've got two or three weeks of side effects to look forward to, probably including an almost continuous run of severe lower GI disruption, if recent experience is any guide. By early January I'll be in my climb-out though. At that point, the overriding issue for a while will probably be continuing fatigue. It's not clear to me how long that will take place, but prior experience suggests months on the mend.

And of course, the next checkpoint is the forthcoming CT scan on February 15th. Last time I went about nine months between the completion of chemo and the detection of the next metastasis. It would be nice to have 2012 to work on Sunspin and enjoy my personal life.

Whatever happens, I'll take each day as it comes. For now, I am on the road to healthy.

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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2011-12-19 15:56 (UTC)
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One step forward - welcome back!
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Queen of the Skies
User: queenoftheskies
Date: 2011-12-19 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wishing you a healthy future.
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torreybird
User: torreybird
Date: 2011-12-19 16:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well done. Congratulations.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-12-19 16:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay! So glad this is it -- and I hope it is the last of these things you have to go through. A votre santé!
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mevennen
User: mevennen
Date: 2011-12-19 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hope all goes well, Jay.
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mlerules: L'il Engine That Could
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-12-19 17:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:L'il Engine That Could
Whatever happens, I'll take each day as it comes. For now, I am on the road to healthy.

Good. *fingers & toes x-d for a good long stretch of full-bore mended you*
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Dan/Дмитрий
User: icedrake
Date: 2011-12-19 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hell yeah, Jay! Here's to not having to go through this again, no matter what the statistics say.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-12-19 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so glad that you are at the end of this and I shall be hoping that it is the end for good, too.
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2011-12-19 17:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Huzzah!

I was at a party Saturday night where 3-4 cancer survivors - some still in treatment, some 5-years-clean - were discussing experiences. #1 gripe: the loss of taste, from chemo. May your tastebuds (and all else) return posthaste, and the cancer itself stay far, far away.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-12-19 17:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, god, yes. Food issues...
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Coyote
User: coyotegoth
Date: 2011-12-19 18:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope the road takes you all the way there.
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wildwoosi
User: wildwoosi
Date: 2011-12-19 21:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay! Hope this is the last last time!
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crows o'clock
User: sheistheweather
Date: 2011-12-19 22:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
YAY!
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Lupa
User: lupagreenwolf
Date: 2011-12-20 08:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am on the road to healthy.

May it be so!
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2011-12-20 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations and good luck!
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mcjulie
User: mcjulie
Date: 2011-12-20 16:11 (UTC)
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Best wishes! And I love the photo essay.
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