Jason Cotton

Getting my feet back under me

Slowly but surely I’m getting my feet back under me. Even though the last treatment was not as long/strong as the prior treatments, it knocked the pudding out of me. Took me longer than I wanted to recover but we are on the right track. I started to get the dreaded man flu aka a cold this week but so far I’ve been able to keep ahead of it.

Thank you, everyone, for your support and love, without it this would not be possible.

I find that while going through treatment I tend to write more and then as my health gets better I stop writing. I have toyed with talking about Service dogs since I’ve been a handler for 12 years now. What else would interest people to keep coming back? Ideas?

Coming to the finish line…

Coming to an end?

That/s the hope at least, my numbers are looking really good on the cancer front but not so well on the liver front. This treatment was pretty mild compared to all of the complications that I’ve had in the past the only really worrisome item is the effect it’s having on my liver and kidneys being that these two organs are the most affected. The plus side is my liver can recover. Mom is on the hydration front, ensuring I’m flushing my system and keeping hydrated.

I don’t think I’ve peed this much in a very long time. Oops?

Great Surprises

Sometimes it’s a perfect stranger or strangers with the best timing with a surprise. I had a really bad week this week mentally and emotionally.

I came home today from work to a box with drawings of 2 service dogs, an American flag, and the word hope with some first names. Opening the box I found that it was a care package with several handmade things and some to pass the time while going through treatment. I don’t know who submitted my name to this organization Phils Friends but they took a lot of thought into what they put in my box making it personal. The blanket has dogs on it in a camo pattern, the hat is a hand-made crochet hat, a journal book, some toothpaste and the ever needed took brush, lotion tissues, cards, and sudoku are just a few of the items in this amazing care package.

Whoever submitted my name Thank you very much and Phils Friends thank you for the amazing care package.

Numbers game

When you think about Cancer you think about the chemo, the radiation, the sickness. This is how people think about it and visualize it. I’ve been through it so many times now I see all of that but I see it as the Doctors and Nurses see it. It’s nothing but a numbers game. You have good numbers and bad numbers. Kinda like a sports event. The stats RBC, WBC, Tumor counts, Liver enzyme levels, Kidney function, HR, BP, Temperature, Milliliters per hour, Toxicity levels…

How much can the body withstand If WBC and RBC go too low, the Liver is too high it’s game over and points to the Cancer instead of the patient.

My numbers?

WBC and RBC are in the green.

Liver Enzymes are on the high side, causing some issues.

Kidneys still in the green

Tumor Markers? We have had 2 checks recently the first one was taken on Saturday before my third treatment counts were reduced by 15%. The second was taken on Thursday and those showed an additional 12%.

As this game goes Jason is up 2 points to 1.

Time has flown by

This is my 200th post on my site.  Compared to real bloggers and prolific writers this is not a big mile mark since it’s taken me what 5 years to make this?

Doesn’t really matter though, this has and is my story written by me,  the good the bad the ugly and lately the sappy.  It’s been a long road and looking back there has been many many times that no one thought I’d make it.  Like my birthday a few years ago…  Other tough times, losing both Bea and Deb my caretakers months apart.

And there are the good,  Kings Dominion with my sister and her family, looking at the signs and realizing between my brother in law and I we had every warning not ride every ride we rode.  Through it all I also found someone who loves me as much as I love her.

So thank you everyone who’s stuck with me for this epic ride, I couldn’t have done it without you all.

Days In Remission

In Remission for 143 days.


March 2023