Jeff here . . . I will be starting round 2 of biochemo in--hopefully--about eight hours so I wanted to add a quick note to the blog. If everything goes as it did before, I will be out of commission for the next week or two. I'm a bit nervous this time. Last time, I didn't know what to expect. Now I do. It really wasn't that bad though, considering all the toxic drugs they're pumping into me. It's amazing what drugs can do to an otherwise healthy person. The good news is that I can tell the treatment is working. The bump I had on my back has gone down significantly in the last week. It was about the size of an almond, now it's about the size of a BB (smaller than a pea). That makes me feel good about what we're doing and gives me hope that all the other lesions are shrinking too.
Kelly and I celebrated Valentine's Day early by going out to dinner last night. We figured it was a good idea to get one last big meal in. All the eating is paying off. I weighed 155 last night before I went to bed; that's 12 pounds more than I weighed last week and about 8 pounds more than I weighed before starting round 1.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share a link to the Shade Foundation (www.shadefoundation.org). It has lots of great info about melanoma. Thanks to our good friend Barb Hayes-Dineen for passing the link along. Also, thanks to everyone for all the kind notes you've been sending and all the prayers you've been saying. I really can feel them working!