Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing great, thanks to everyone for all the amazing support, the kind words and super positive energy you gave me in my last journal.
In my previous journal, I told you about the bacteria infection that almost killed me. To fight the infection, I was taking the anti-bacterial drug treatment which was 7-days a week, for six weeks. I just finished up that treatment and they looked at my blood, according to the Doc things still look good and the bacteria has not returned. Now that I'm done with the treatment, they have me on the bacterial pills. I take them twice a day for the next month and then once a day for the next two months as they continue to monitor my blood to make sure the bacteria doesn't return.
A couple of weeks ago, I started the chemo treatments again. One of the reasons for that is that my cancer has spread. Besides the 8 older tumors I have been fighting, I now have new ones that have grown. I have a new one in my neck and two more in my right arm. So working with the Doc were coming up with some different chemo to hit them fast and hard. One of the plans is to use an older treatment that has worked in the past versus some of these new drugs. We'll take it slow at first and then speed up the process after Christmas.
We'll monitor the tumors and watch their progress and growth, especially to make sure they are shrinking like they have done before in the past. If not, we'll switch to some other treatments. So I'll be sick as a dog in the upcoming months, but the chemo side effects we'll be well worth it, especially as I get closer to winning this ongoing war with the cancer.
Once they do shrink, I'll start the radiation treatment and then the operations to remove them, with this type of rare cancer, the tumors have to be removed, they will just grow back if you don't and then continue to spread.
One good thing is that I have started to walk again. the Doc gave me the ok for that. It's been over two months since I was able to use my leg, so it's nice to be able to get around again with it. I'm slowly getting my balance back. They just wanted my leg to heal from the broken femur bone I had back in August, plus that bacterial infection I got from the operation on my femur bone. They were afraid that if put my leg back on, it could cause problems with the healing and might allow the bacterial infection to return, but they feel enough time has passed and I'm now ok to use it again. I'm using a walker right now, but in a few weeks of practice and hard work, I'll be back to using my cane and then walking on my own. There is some pain, but it won't slow me down. It's been so long since I wore that leg, but my body is getting used to having it on, so I'll be moving around in no time.
That's what's been keeping me busy, but I'm slowly catching up and you guys we'll see a lot more art. Especially my Duck Dodgers, which will be for my contest. Any of my watchers who fav it will have a chance to win the original artwork to the Duck Dodgers pic. I'll be putting the names into a bowl and then have my 4yr nephew pull out the name of a winner. Sorry for the delay in the contest, but the treatments have been keeping me busy, but I'll have everything up soon.
After that, I'll be posting my Mars Attack image and I'll be giving away the original artwork the same way. Anyone who is watching me and favs it will be entered into the contest to win the art. The next image I'll be giving away the original art to will be a Metroid Prime illustration. It will work the same way for any of my watchers who fav it.
It's been a long 4yrs, but each day I'm closer to total victory and you guys have helped make it happen along with my family with your amazing support. It seems like this Cancer won't give up, but neither will I, with the chemo and treatments I'll give this cancer a good ass-kicking. I beat this Bacterial infection from killing me, so I can now focus my whole attention back on the cancer and you guys can expect to see a lot more updates soon. Like I always tell you guys, I've still got plenty of things to do and and people to piss off, so I'm not giving up. I've beaten this cancer 5 times before, so this is just another battle for me to win.