The Rundown – Al Update

Hi this is Al. 

My last update was on January 7, 2019. Since then, Karla has been taking the Chemo medicine Ibrance. Her dosage was reduced from 125MG to 100MG and a month later to 75MG as following 3 weeks on the drug and 1 week off, her white blood cell count had been too low to repeat the earlier dosage. She goes in for her next blood test on Thursday this week. Additionally, she has had some CT scans and is scheduled for an MRI this coming Wednesday. She is staying strong and positive but her back does hurt her all the time. Karla was on a hospital coordinated trial of CBD & THC pills to help manage pain and reduce her intake of Hydrophone. It seemed to help but to increase the dosages following the 6-week trial, we had to purchase the two components directly from the Cannabis supplier. We are still learning about the dosages and the various strains available and their effectiveness. Stay tuned! 

We’ve hired a firm from US, Private Health Management to assess all the available, data, diagnosis etc. They will then recommend additional tests and leading to treatment options by addressing all available global processes underway as well as all available trials. Because Canada and the US oncologists follow government approved protocols, we need to determine what other jurisdictions like Germany, Israel, France etc. are trying new drugs and procedures that may better tackle her cancer. They will be testing Karla’s blood and tissue at the genetic and molecular levels to further isolate these best options. Thus, over the next 2-3 weeks we should learn a great deal more. The challenge is to look at these results, determine the best course of action be it continuing with Chemo pills, try Chemo infusion or pursue immunotherapy options alongside the current meds. 

Karla has been able to not only go to all these hospital visits but has also ventured out for walks, short trips to shopping malls and has restarted her beloved St. Johns Ambulance Dog Therapy visits with our Great Dane, Nucky to spend time with the troubled teens incarcerated at Syl Apps. She does get tired easily but still loves to see all her visitors who stop by to chat, reminisce and offer the best medicine, laughter! 

Thankyou all for your support, best wishes and prayers. 

About The Author

A few months ago, I was told that my boobs are trying to kill me and being misdiagnosed for two years allowed them to recruit throughout the rest of my body by way of my spine. Before this, I knew f*ck all about cancer. Now, between sipping chemo cocktails, I want to talk about the truth of living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer with my support system and people I have met along the way to recovery.

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