I was back to the Providence Cancer Center in Portland on Friday for the second of four infusions of ipi, the same day I completed the tenth of 20 radiation sessions. It’s good to be halfway through the arithmetic progression of this four-week siege of treatment without a geometric increase in side-effects. I’ve been slowed a step or two, but not yet sidelined.
|The sky says summer, but this|
vine maple in front of our home
tells us that fall is definitely here.
The craziest thing I’m dealing with is that my hair hurts when I touch it. When I shower, I shampoo my scalp gingerly. There are spots on my scalp that feel like they're on fire. I can only attribute this sensation to inflammation of hair follicles, caused by radiation. It may be the precursor to the baldness I’ve been promised. Once the hair goes, so presumably will the hair pain.A really good bit of news is that I’ve been able to run most mornings over the last two weeks. It’s possible that these three- and four-milers may, in fact, help reduce fatigue. I’m most energetic in the mornings, and the extraordinary fall weather we’ve been experiencing makes it easy to get out the door. There’s another 10k in Corvallis this Sunday I’m thinking I might run, just to prove once again that while I may have cancer, cancer doesn’t have me.
I’ve been fortunate to have come this far without the totally debilitating side-effects to what I’ve previously described as harsh and risky treatment. This isn’t to say that cumulative and/or delayed effects won’t take their toll, but we’ll deal with those as we must. I’m encouraged by my first-half performance. Now, after a weekend of the prettiest autumn skies you’ll ever see in Oregon, it’s back to the gridiron.