In Eight Steps to Happiness Geshe-la says "'Self' and 'other' are relative terms, rather like 'this mountain' and 'that mountain ... 'This' and 'that' therefore depend upon our point of reference. This is also true of self and other. By climbing down the mountain of self, it is possible to ascend the mountain of other, and thereby cherish others as much as we presently cherish ourself."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Prayers Please for Christine

Please make strong prayers that the conditions come together for a better life for Christine.
I'm sure those would make a big difference; you know I believe in the power of prayer!

Thank you.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Where I've Landed

After a few weeks of medical tests, scans & appointments, followed by a shorter period of limbo, I'm ready to update you about the latest phase of my treatments.
Because of the extraordinary, indefatigable efforts by my oncologist Dr K, I am now on the immunotherapy drug Opdivo, which after just 2 infusions has already lowered my cancer marker by more than 100. That drug has been FDA-approved for some cancers, but I am getting it as "compassionate care" from its maker, Bristol Meyers Squibb, at no cost.
As with other targeted therapies, it has almost no side effects, because it can distinguish between healthy tissue and the other kind. I do have a bit of lingering fatigue, which I'm inclined to believe is from the 25 pelvic radiations I recently had over 5 weeks.
Soon I will also be getting 5 CyberKnife radiations to the very small bit of my brain where a tumor has regrown.

Just like the skies in Seattle, my health forecast looks like sunny days ahead ... so sunny that at the end of the month I am going to U.S. Festival and then visiting family.
Yesterday I registered for the very special Summer Festival in England.

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and support, which have brought me where I am now, my 7-year cancerversary. Celebrate!