My battle with cancer requires a two-pronged attack to eradicate the cells that will overwhelm my body if left unchecked. Yesterday’s post covered the first prong: radiation treatment. Think of those micro-blasts of atomic power as the jab a fighter uses in a boxing match.
The jab peppers an opponent throughout the match. There is both a defensive and offensive element to the jab. It’s the offense that applies to cancer treatment.
Each well placed jab weakens the opponent, not through brute strength, but through well placed punches that wear down the opponent as the fight progresses. Land enough jabs like Larry Holmes did, and your opponent will go dooooooooooooown!!! Both the jab and radiation treatments are effective weapons but require time to yield results. This is where chemotherapy enters the fight.
Upfront… chemotherapy is a foreign concept to the drummer. It is a secret science to the uninformed. Here is the little I gathered so far.
There are different mixes and compounds, each applied to a particular form of cancer. Cancer cells are unique and require specific applications to achieve the desired results. Fundamentally, chemotherapy delivers the uppercuts, hooks, and body shots needed to knock out cancer cells for good.
Each weekly three to four hour session will take place at a different oncologist’s office. I will sit in the chair as the chemo is steadily dispersed through an IV. The IV is necessary because my lymph system shows signs of cancer and the lymph system runs through the entire body. The chemo will course through my veins, search for weak cells, and deliver those knock outs that were set up by the jabs of radiation treatments.
Chemo is not refined to the point of hitting cancer cells while leaving others unscathed. This is the reason for hair loss, reduced blood cell counts, a compromised immune system, and various other side effects. Blood will be tested each week to make sure the right amount of force is applied during each chemotherapy session.
Five jabs and one hook, uppercut, or body blow a week for seven weeks. Blood tests each week too, to manage the treatment process. This will be the drummer’s new state of normalcy for about seven weeks.
Straight up… this does not sound like an entertaining time at all. I expect to be a solitary soul through August, mostly cuz I expect my immune system will be weakened, thus making me more susceptible to infections and sickness. I have my 365 day challenge to sustain me, right?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for sticking with me this far. The real fun is about to begin.