Friday, 16 July 2010

All Change

Yesterday wasn't a great day... Found out that my HCG Level (my tumour marker) has stayed in the 70's so has not changed. The professor said if this happened (if the level stayed the same) it means I am now not responding to the POMB/ACE chemo regime and we will have to change it. So, my doctor came in and I am now going to begin a chemo regime called TIP. There are more side effects to this chemo and my hair will probably fall out pretty quickly. This also lasts longer so I will be in hospital until Wednesday (I was not happy about this). However, it is only every three weeks so I will be at home for longer periods of time.

Another thing about this new chemo is that I'm going to have to get a Hickman Line put in. They're often used for chemotherapy and can stay in your body for long periods of time. It does mean that I'm going to have two random dangly things hanging out from my chest for months. Jamie helpfully pointed out that I will look like a cyborg. Yeah, thanks for that Jamie. I'm sure I won't look like a cyborg... This means they can give me my chemo through it and take blood so I won't need anymore needles. That's a definite plus!

We're stil going to check my HCG level every week and hopefully it will start going down again. If it doesn't decrease we may have to move surgery forward. So we are still playing everything by ear.

I'm going to head now and get some grub, goodbye!


  1. Oh Mairead! You are such a brave soul. A good friend of mine had a pic line put in here, too. Hers was in for a couple months and we could hardly tell after awhile.

    Thanks for sharing. You are in my thoughts and prayers!! Keep on hanging in there. xoxo-carrie

  2. Cyborgs ARE cool. Seven of Nine from Voyager was the hottest character in the show. xxx

  3. I heart cyborgs too!! you're my superhero mai xxxxxxx