First of all, I just want to thank those of you who have sent well wishes for me and my family. I really, really appreciate it. I don’t have a lot of news. Things are going well, I guess. As well as something that makes you feel continuously yucky and flu like and tired can go.

The good news is my mom’s body is responding. The Interferon is having an effect and stimulating her immune system to fight those nasty cells. This means that she was taken off the treatment for two days (no, it didn’t really help with the symptoms) and this means that she will now be getting a lower dose. It’s all a bit of a balancing act really. You want to stimulate the immune system but not so much that you cause major problems. Too much and your liver starts to fail or other bad things happen, not enough and your not fighting the cancer. Add on the fact that each person reacts differently and you’ve got a bit of a crapshoot.

It’s weird because before the treatment she seemed so healthy. Energetic, vibrant and full of life. Now, fighting the cancer and supposedly getting better she seems sick. Strange thing that your body has to get sick in order to get well.

Oh, by the way, did I happen to mention lately that I really, really hate cancer?

  • Dara

    Cancer sucks big time! Your mom is in thoughts and I look forward to seeing all the posts about her speedy recovery.

  • Kath

    Me too. I hate, hate, HATE cancer!

  • Amreen

    Jen, i’m so so thinking of your mum right now – she is in my thoughts and prayers as are you and your entire family. I’m so glad she is responding to the treatment.

  • Jen

    I’m right there with you on the cancer hate…I hope that all the passion of that emotion helps you (and your family) stay strong in these weeks…you’re all battling a common enemy. Glad to hear you’re getting some good news.

  • ali

    oh, i hate cancer too. it’s such an awful, awful thing.
    but, Jen, i’m so glad that her body’s responding. that’s a good thing.

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