As for more info on the CT results… the main tumor is about 50% smaller than in my last scan in early July. It’s also much less dense looking. The lymph nodes in my chest are back to normal size as is the surrounding tissue. The tumors in my vertebra and ribs were not particularly noticeable and are presumed under control. It is all much better than I expected or hoped. I am feel like I can make some plans again… like traveling and taking sailing lessons with Ken. 

I am feeling well other than tiring at the end of the workday. My little aches and pains are minimal. That encourages me, too. I am still not managing my stress levels well or getting much exercise – but working on it. With my medication, Tarceva, working so well I feel more hopeful in many ways. I know I am fortunate to have such great response and with minimal side effects. My rashes are gone, having run their course. It’s possible they may or may not return. The mouth sores are healing and under control. Biotene rinse has helped – a lot. Now have a case of acne reminiscent of high school days. My scalp is pink and tender and, sadly, my hair is thinning. Thankfully, it’s not in the typical chemo way, in clumps. It’s still another challenging thing to cope with. I am also dealing with dry hands and cuticles and tender finger tips. These are all among the typical side effects. It’s hard to complain, since the medicine is working so well.

Local San Diego volunteers are putting together a 5K walk for March 8. It’s about awareness of lung cancer and fund-raising for research. If you are interested in learning more about it, the link is http://www.SanDiego BreathOfHope.org. Ken and I plan to participate.

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