Eric Harrison

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The Chemo Has Begun

Today was Iron Infusion day.

I arrived at the oncologist’s office at 8:30 and settled in for a long, 5-hour iron infusion. Before beginning the infusion, they first injected me with a bag of Benadryl to make me tired enough to sleep through the entire session. It totally worked at making me tired, but what followed soon after threw the entire day in disarray and I was unable to sleep.

At around 9:30, my oncologist came over and told me the good news. The results of my biopsy on Monday came in and confirmed that my cancer is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma! With that knowledge, it was decided that I would begin chemotherapy today.

After 5 hours of Iron Infusing, they began the first ABVD treatment. It was not quite as bad as I was expecting. The PORT-A-CATH that was installed on Monday worked flawlessly and the entire chemo treatment took around an hour and a half. I’ve been...

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The Surgery

I just got home from having surgery to get a biopsy of one of the lymph nodes in my neck. While there, he also installed a PORT-A-CATH so that I can get chemotherapy injected directly into my arteries. This post is going to be really short, because I’m sore, tired, and my pain medication is starting to wear off,

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Now all that’s left to do is hope the biopsy confirms Hodgkins.

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Stage 4

So my Lymphoma is everywhere. I’m solidly in a Stage 4 state. When I went to my oncologist appointment today he told me that he needed to perform an immediate Bone Marrow biopsy so he would know if it had spread to my bones.

Let me give you a small sliver of advice. If you’re ever in a situation where you think there might be a possibility of a Bone Marrow biopsy, get as high as you possibly can before letting him do it.

One of my main goals for the appointment today was to get a different type of pain medication. The combination of Ibuprofen and large quantities of Percocet was doing the job, but poorly. It just sort of muted the high levels of pain I was feeling, but it never really removed it. So, rather than take my Pills at the 4 mark like I normally do, I figured I would be able to wait until after the appointment was over and then take the new stuff.

…And...

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The Pain that Doesn’t Quit

Weight: 175
Pain:

  • Severe back pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Sharp pain in my left hip and groin.

Picture from September 6, 2014

It’s Saturday night at 11:25PM. This entire day has been terrible. I woke up last night at 2:30AM in agony, so I took two more Percocet. As if on cue, at 6:30AM it was the same thing. I’ve taken two Percocets every 4 hours like clockwork all day and they’ve gone from muting my pain to doing almost nothing at all. There has to be some end to this torture.

I haven’t slept. I’ve eaten extremely poorly. My weight is disappearing. The only bright spot of today was that I had my first bowel movement in 5 days. Double doses of Metamucil and Senokot seem to have done the trick.

If I make it through tonight, I’m going to call the facility my GP works at and see if they can do anything. I don’t think I’ll make it to Monday like this. I don’t...

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Extreme Pain

Weight: 177
Pain:

  • Severe back pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Annoying pain in my left hip.

This is the fourth night in a row that I’ve woken up around 4AM in extreme pain. The Vicodin that I was prescribed on Wednesday was completely ineffective, and the Percocet that my oncologist prescribed yesterday isn’t much better.

I’m afraid that the severe pain is a bad sign of how spread the Lymphoma is. Some of the things that I’ve read stated that pain only shows up when the cancer is extremely advanced. The oncologist told me that Lymphomas like mine respond extremely well to treatment, but I’m still terrified. I went from having annoying back pain for a few months to extreme pain over the course of one week. It doesn’t seem to be slowing down or getting better.

I am scheduled to have a PET scan on Monday to find out if the cancer is lurking in any of my...

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Well, this sucks…

So, I might have Lymphoma.

I’ve been having pretty bad pain in my abdomen and lower back for several months now. It finally got bad enough to overcome my natural inclination to avoid going to the doctor and I made an appointment last week. My doctor first thought that it might be just a simple colon infection like Diverticulitis and prescribed a course of antibiotics, but also asked me to go in for a CT scan just to be sure.

The CT scan was yesterday and I was told I would get my results in 2-3 days.

At 7:30PM last night, I got a phone call from the doctor’s office asking me to come in this morning. That sounded fairly ominous, so of course I imagined the worst possible scenarios.

By the time I woke up in pain at 4AM, I had convinced myself that I had an advanced case of colorectal cancer.

At 10:15, my doctor walked into the examination room and said that they had found...

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