This Friday – The Next Stage

The last day of March in my post ‘So, what’s next?‘, I concluded with the following –

Next week will be a busy week; we are moving to a new location, but more importantly test results and doctor’s visits to determine what is to come next in my battle with cancer.

In today’s post, I begin with the following –

Last week was certainly busy as Gary, his mom and I traveled from Orlando to Pensacola to take mom back to the younger brother on Monday.  The next day Tuesday, we hooked the RV to the truck and made our way to Tampa.

We have settled into our new temporary living location at the RV park located on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.  We are fortunate again to be living on a military facility that offers many amenities to us.  Besides the RV park, we have the base commissary, movie theater, gym, and the mess hall & other food establishments on base.  We are also within minimal walking distance to the base’s white sandy beach on Tampa Bay with views of both Tampa and St. Petersburg skylines.  Directly out of the base gates we are greeted with the very nice city of Tampa.

You may remember two weeks ago after my initial consultation at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, I had a series of tests because it appeared my cancer may have spread.  In my post last week ’57 Today‘, I spoke about a brief conversation I had with my new Oncologist Dr. L. about the possibility of my cancer spreading to Lymph Nodes in my lower back also known as the lumbar region.

Friday of last week I met with Dr. L. to discuss the results of the previous week’s tests and my future.


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At this time, there is no indication my cancer has spread to any major organs or my bones.  However, it is confirmed my cancer is in the lumbar region Lymph Nodes as well as the thoracic region Lymph Nodes.

Dr. L. discussed his concerns and we had a conversation about the treatments available and expectations.  It was decided the next step for me is to have another round of chemotherapy.  This time a different drug will be used over the course of the next couple of months.

Once the chemotherapy treatment is completed, tests will take place again to determine the results of the treatment.  Upon the receiving of those results will determine what comes next with regards to my battle with cancer.

Dr. L. is honest and upfront with respect to my cancer.  There is no cure for my cancer; this next round of chemotherapy treatment is to hopefully stop the cancer from spreading or slow down the progression of it.  Once this chemotherapy is over, there are other treatment options available and at that time we will discuss the next steps to be taken.

This Friday, I will begin my next round of chemotherapy, the next stage in my journey with cancer.


71 thoughts on “This Friday – The Next Stage

  1. Oh Terry! Hugs to you as you continue this journey. Enjoy the beautiful place you are in with those you love and take it a day at a time. None of us are guaranteed anything, but I know your journey is a bit tougher with what you are dealing with. My heart goes out to you. Doggone that dang cancer! Trying to steal your joy! Try not to let it. Cherish all the moments buddy! Sending love and hugs! xo

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  2. I’m sorry to hear that is in your lymph nodes now. This is hard news indeed Terry and we will continue to pray for you – your positive attitude (most times!) continues to amaze me. Hugs.

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  3. Terry, this is not an easy time for you. You are going through, and have gone through so much! I am thinking of you. All the best for this next round of Chemo. Let’s hope this Chemo this time, does stop the Cancer from spreading or slow down the progression of it. I am so glad you have Gary and Roxy close at hand to help you through all of this. Big Hugs 🙂 x

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  4. It was good to hear the cancer is not in any of your major organs or bones, but drat those lymph nodes! I hope this next round of chemo zaps the heck out it, yet doesn’t leave you drained through the treatment. We’ll be here every step of the way for you! xoxo

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  5. Terry, I’m so glad that cancer hasn’t spread to your bones or any lymph nodes beyond the lumbar and thoracic region. What a relief. I hope that you are also relieved. Good for you going ahead with another chemotherapy round. That takes guts and determination. Keep going, Terry, just keep going. One step and day at a time.

    Best wishes,


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    • Thank you Amanda, I appreciate your kind words of support and encouragement. I remain positive this next round of chemotherapy will help and yes as you indicate ‘one step and day at a time.’ Hope your week is a happy one. 🙂

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  6. Good news. it hasn’t reached your organs or bones, and really the bad news can be met with treatment…YAY…. another round of treatment…nasty frigin disease….I love how you are fighting it with a smile on your face, your an amazing man… have not let it win, and I believe it won’t….as soon as I have eyes on the pink moon I will be dancing and thinking of you……xxxXXXxxxkat

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  7. I´ve been dreading this post so much, Terry… I can´t imagine how you must feel right now, sure, it´s such good news that your major organs and bones are clear, but another round of chemo… I´m so shocked… But it´s a good thing that you´re starting it so soon, that way it will definitely work best! And work it will! It will slow or stop the process! Your new doctor wouldn’t recommend it otherwise. I´m glad that he´s treating you well and that you feel well taken care of, Terry. Sending you strength, strength and more strength for your ongoing battle! And enormous hugs and love! ❤

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  8. Dearest Terry … I have my husband’s sister and brother in law staying and it has proved overwhelming hence my deafening silence. I have just dropped in to check in and I have read this post and feel good bad and ugly all at once. I may be quiet but you are always in my thoughts and I send you warmth and strength for the next stage. One day at a time sweet soldier. Uphill, downhill and onwards. 🤗

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    • Thank you Osyth for checking in – I truly appreciate you. Don’t worry about being absent, I understand and know I am in your thoughts and you are very special to me. One day at a time for me, thanks again for checking in – enjoy your family dear. 🙂

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