Month: January 2006

Relay for Life

We’re trying to get the Moore County, North Carolina Relay for Life off to a start. There have been some obstacles. I’m hoping we can find a venue soon. There’s a lot of work to be done! If you’re a Moore County, North Carolina cancer survivor and would like to participate, please visit the web site: http://www.moorecountyrelay.org/. Register and you’ll be contacted. If you’re a company and would like to sponsor the event, we’d love to hear from you!

Days on

Today is the last of my 4 days off from dex. In the morning I’ll start my 4 days on, with 40 mg. I’ve taken dex in the morning and dex in the night. It doesn’t seem to matter so much to me when I take it. It doesn’t seem to have the impact on my sleep that it used to have in the beginning. Of course, I’ve been off of it for 6 months until now, so it may be a cumulative thing. I’ll have to see. The first 4 days (last week) I didn’t have any bad indigestion or sleep problems, so all I can say is yay!

The stomach problems I was experiencing seem to have come to and end. Thank goodness for that, too. All I can think is that if the Revlimid was making me feel so crummy, it had to be making the cancer feel icky too.

I’ve been making myself walk more every day. Dex makes my legs feel really weak, so it’s my job to keep them strong. By spring I’ll be swimming too!

Ugh

When you’re taking new drugs, you assume that any weirdness you feel are side effects. I’m guessing that’s the case with me. The first 3-4 days I was on rev/dex, I had a pretty terrible headache. That has subsided. Was it the dex? Not sure. I’m off for 2 more days.

Today I feel queasy and things are kind of in slow motion. I had to take my dog to the vet, but didn’t feel like I should have driven.

Day 1

Well, I’m about to start my Rev/dex regimen. I’ll take 40 mg of dex this morning with breakfast and then at lunch I’ll take the 25 mg of Revlimid. At dinner, I’ll take the 2 mg of Coumadin I’m getting as a preventative for DVT. Each center has the option of using baby aspirin or low dose Coumadin.

The doc says there’s a smaller risk of DVT with rev/dex than there is with thal/dex. I don’t believe I’m in an at risk group, but I’m careful about sitting for long periods of time without moving (long flights or car trips, for example). Even people who are healthy can develop DVT from that! Remember David Blum from NBC who died from DVT after his long flight to Iraq to cover the “war?”

Somehow my post about starting rev/dex turned into a sermon about DVT. Sorry about that!

I’m dreading taking the dex. It’s been about 6 months since I had any. As you recall, I was off dex for 4 weeks before the CNTO 328 trial and for the duration of my participation in that trial. After the trial, in anticipation of getting into the rev/dex EAP trial, I stayed off all treatment. It’s been a few months since I did anything at all except Zometa. It’s been so nice not having to take anything. My IgA has been hovering in the 2500 mg/dL range during this time.

I’m hoping that rev/dex will knock the MM back and give me a CR. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was a durable remission? There isn’t anything I want more, except world peace. :)

Arrested Development

If you want to laugh, try watching Arrested Development on Fox. It’s not for everyone but, if you have a little bit of a warped sense of humor, you’ll really, really like it. The show stars Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Jason Bateman, David Cross and others. There have been some wonderful guest stars like Charlize Theron, Martin Short, Henry Winkler and Liza Minnelli. The episodes are narrated by Ron Howard, who I think might be one of the producers or something. This is at the top of my list of all-time favorite television programs.

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Arrested Development