Okay, all hands on deck for this news. The captain is setting a new course. Or rather, captains plural. I am now scheduled for a consultation with the WM guru at Dana-Farber at Thanksgiving time, when I go to Boston to visit Akemi. My USC doctor already is contact with him and they have already conferred about my status.
They both feel I need more chemo at this time, and are changing drugs. The schedule will be two treatments a week for two weeks and one week off, through January at least, and potentially four more months after that.
Before you all start asking me what does this mean, how will I feel, what do I need, what am I going to do about work to which I’ve just returned. . .I simply don’t know. All I know is that I mustered great focus and called upon a reservoir of stamina and energy to get through one intense month, and the thought of essentially constant chemo for months makes me just want to pull a Christopher Cross. You know, “And if the wind is right, you can sail away and find tranquility.”
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
— Willa Cather
P.S. Akemi at the helm of “The Heritage,” August 16, 2010, Penobscot Bay, Maine