7 is a lucky number/WTF is thyroglobulin and why is it a tumour marker/didn’t want to be “that guy” at the Broken Social Scene Show

Good news!  My tumour marker keep dropping.  It is down to 7.  That’s pretty amazing given where I started out.  It’s not the absolute numbers that matter, but the relative numbers that do.  If the numbers doubled in a short period, my doctors would be worried.  So that I’m down from 45 is a very […]

On the side effects of treatments for my side effects

I sometimes like to think of my current condition as “shitty puberty.” Not that puberty is a fun ride for anyone, but this experience seems like a cut-rate version. Instead of well thought out, illustrated “what’s happening to my body?” books and parents talking to me about things I don’t want to hear about, plus […]

Of Nouns and Pain

I am way overdue for an update and there are multiple posts to be made. Today’s topic is in the header. First: no tumour marker news. The cancer centre at Jewish General was a mad house yesterday* and the blood tech somehow forgot to do a test for thyroglobulin. It’ll likely be another two weeks […]

Foggy Middle

So we enter week six and things are a little unstable. The good news–very good news–is that my tumour marker is down to 10, from over 40 when I started. The bad news is that the hand pain hasn’t abated. It’s different from day to day and I seem to have good days and bad […]

Week 5: Good days, bad day, side effects

I saw my oncologist again on Thursday. Things continued to be good so I was promoted to 20mg. My tumour marker in my blood is a tiny bit lower than last time but no magical drop. Because I told him about my skin peeling off and being bummed to lose a callous, I also learned […]