August 5, 2010

Tad started a new chemotherapy cocktail on Monday, August 2. It’s FOLFIRI plus Erbitux – stronger brew to zap away the cancer in his liver. This was the first of 12 prescribed treatments, and it’s an open question whether he will take them all. As with all chemotherapy, the stats aren’t all that impressive, and we keep searching for something in the alternative world that could do a better job in his specific case. He experienced nausea and malaise for the first couple days, but is better as I write this on August 5.

Tad is not in pain of any kind, thank goodness. His biggest complaint is frequent bouts of low energy. Could be due to the cancer, but our hunch is that it’s his ongoing anemia – he has been running on low hemoglobin for many months now, and the doc says he cannot justify transfusions if the level is above 10 grams per deciliter of blood. Since the normal range for men is 14-18 and since Tad (a big man) has been in the 10-11 range for most of the last few months, it makes sense that he would experience symptoms of anemia. We are getting on board with a new oncologist, since the old one is retiring, and she is taking this concern seriously. On her orders, Tad received a transfusion of two units on August 3 (his HGB level the day before was 10.2) and she will monitor carefully and advocate for more as needed. This is a very good turn of events, as the previous doc seemed to consider the issue unimportant.

Of course, Tad will keep taking all the pills and potions that helped him weather the chemo so well the first time ’round, as well as imbibing the finest quality foods and beverages imaginable while avoiding the no-no’s like high-fat foods and alcohol. This includes foods and supplements that build the blood.

We are enjoying life to the fullest and continue to claim and proclaim Tad’s complete healing… Please keep holding that positive vision of clouds dissolving in a vast sunlit sky!


  1. Rick Hobson says

    I am impressed always by the strenghth of your marriage and the deep freindship you have in eachother. I am sure this love which is a reflection of God’s love will heal Tad. The new doctor sounds dedicated and open to all possiblities which will help heal Tad. Love and Aloha to both of you – Rick

  2. Katie Whitmer says

    Hi Tad and Mindy,

    Missed seeing you at church today, but did learn of your new web site from Terry who shared it with me. It is lovely and one of my favorite parts is the quote section. Actually I liked all of it..

    I am so glad to hear of your news, ideas, juicing thoughts, inner thoughts, great quotes, and everything surrounding you both. It’s beautiful as are you both. I send hugs, blessings, and love and thoughts of great health.

    hugs, Katie whitmer.

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