It seems like that ever since the movie” Bucket List” came out every one has to have a Bucket list. You know what a bucket list is, right. You probably have one. You know a list of things or places you must complete or visit before you die. Well I don’t have a bucket list because every day I see things that completely enthrall me. I have been to lots of places and seen lots of things so if I don’t really need to go anywhere else. I’ll be alright.
But I now live by the bucket, the 90 day bucket. You see my Oncologist, Dr. Ikhlaque who oversaw my chemo therapy and the radiation therapy mapped out the treatment and it was 20 days of radiation and 3 days of chemo then 3 weeks off then 3 days of chemo and 3 weeks off until 6 chemo treatments were finished.
After the 5th chemo treatment the Dr. had a CT scan taken and “after review” he decided not to give me the 6th treatment. Your cancer is dormant and you need to eat more and gain weight, because at that point I weighed 140 lbs., and come back in 3 months and we will scan again and see what the cancer looks like. Three months later the scan was the same as the last one so I started another 3 months bucket.
As an aside; my dad was in the Army during WWII and during his basic training someone nominated him for Officer Candidate School and he made it through OCS and became a 90 day wonder as they were called. So I guess maybe I’m becoming a 90 day wonder except my graduation won’t be at Fort Leonard Wood.
I’m starting, I think, my 5th bucket which when completed will make one year of dormancy for the cancer. Not bad for a person my age and as bad was when this all started. So you keep working on your bucket lists and I’ll keep working on my buckets and maybe we will meet somewhere along the way.
Thanks for listening
Crotchety Old Man
Edited and approved by Linda
Update; at the 5th CT scan the Dr. found what appeared to be cancer in my liver. A biopsy confirmed the cancer and I have started a new treatment for my type of cancer; Immune therapy. I will have 4 treatments every 2 weeks and then another CT scan to see if the new treatment is working.