Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CA 125 and Preschool

Today I took Victor to visit his new preschool classroom. He decorated a folder (with some encouragement--I don't think decorating things is within his current sphere of interest) and played with some plastic farm animals. He also played a color-sorting game that made me more confident that he is not colorblind, like his Grandpa Munk.

The preschool is run by a Baptist church, so there are some excellent murals on the walls. My favorite is of Jonah tumbling, limbs askew, from the mouth of a whale.

Also, my CA 125 level is down to 15.2. I wonder if it will level out.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Treatment Four

Today was treatment number four.


Now we're getting somewhere! In the next six weeks I'll have my last two treatments, and we'll be on the road to recovery.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. I have no idea how long it will take for things to get back to normal.

Still, four down is a good number.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CA 125

CA 125 is a cancer marker that can be detected in a person's blood. It can also be elevated due to normal ovarian function or recent surgery. It doesn't tell you much unless you can verify the presence of a cancer and get a baseline, but once you have a baseline it is a very good way to monitor a cancer patient for progress or remission.

In my case, the baseline is 70 (which is not even in the obvious danger zone) and the goal is 30. The measurement was done before my first surgery.

I am pleased to report that my CA 125 level is now 16.9, clearly below our target of 30. This doesn't get me off the hook for the other half of my chemo, but it's encouraging all the same.