What Careening Down Mount Everest, Both Ways, In A Wagon With No Brakes And No Steering Looks Like

Once radiation was complete, Lea was to continue taking her Afatinib as prescribed. She had to stop prior to and throughout her radiation treatments but had managed to find 2 interesting studies on drug holidays. Both were very small studies with very few people (maybe 14 in one and 22 in the other…not entirely certain). … Continue reading What Careening Down Mount Everest, Both Ways, In A Wagon With No Brakes And No Steering Looks Like

Radiation Treatments, Research, Alternative Medicine And Having An Automaton For An Oncologist

As I watched her drink olive oil from the one cup measuring cup, I attempted to rein in my gag reflex. This could be considered bona fide torture. I could only imagine how fast that was going to rip through her intestinal tract before making a swanky appearance within moments. As Lea put it, she … Continue reading Radiation Treatments, Research, Alternative Medicine And Having An Automaton For An Oncologist

Why The First Year Of Treatment With Afatinib Was The Honeymoon Phase

It was a good run…while it lasted. Once the holidays had ended, Lea’s first scan since starting the Afatinib became the much anticipated, yet nerve wracking event to take center stage in all of our lives. We were collectively holding our breath until we had results in hand. We had plenty of hope, but the … Continue reading Why The First Year Of Treatment With Afatinib Was The Honeymoon Phase

Celebrating The Holidays With The Ever Crotchety Auntie Cancer And The Very Creepy Uncle Death

So, just how did we celebrate the holidays with the constant threat of cancer and death looming over us? Well, it wasn’t easy. I feel like I had to morph into a spy who utilized secret codes and gestures to communicate, while feeling like I needed to protect my family within the presence of some … Continue reading Celebrating The Holidays With The Ever Crotchety Auntie Cancer And The Very Creepy Uncle Death

First Round Of Treatment For Lea’s EGFR NSCLC: A TKI Called Afatinib

Afatinib. It isn’t as tasty as it sounds…at least I don’t think it is. I’ve never tried it, but I can tell you that it’s not the same as Twizzlers Cherry Nibs, far from it. First, Twizzlers Cherry Nibs don’t need to be stored in a dark, safe place, far away from other living creatures. … Continue reading First Round Of Treatment For Lea’s EGFR NSCLC: A TKI Called Afatinib