Rockin’ Imbruvica!

This past Tuesday, July 1, 2014, I visited my oncologist for a scheduled exam.  I had gotten blood drawn last week and was seemeatcapemayzooing her for a follow up visit – It has been 6 weeks since I started Imbruvica, and 3 weeks since my last appointment.

Since my appointment was at 11:30AM, I worked from about 5:30AM till 11:00 before leaving for the hospital.  I arrived early enough that I was able to stop in and visit the nurses in the infusion room, Peggy and awesome nurse Nicole (freshly tanned from her honeymoon in Turks & Caicos), and the oncology navigator Terry.  It was a short visit but I still really enjoyed seeing them.

The Imbruvica must be working because my swelling has gone down enough that neither me nor my doctor can feel my lymph nodes! My blood work was also fantastic!  I couldn’t believe how good it was. Everything in my CBC and CMP were all in range.  I can’t recall the last time my blood work was that steady.   Good thing, too since Shelby wacancerquotes just sick for almost 2 weeks and I didn’t catch a thing!

The only downside was that my immunoglobulin G levels were low. This can be expected since I’ve been getting chemo regularly for months.  I’m going to have to begin IgG infusions again monthly for the next year to try and  get the levels up.

I guess that’s it for now!  I’ll be starting the infusions in 2 weeks (pending insurance pre-certification of course) and I don’t have to see Dr. Zibelli for another 6 weeks.  After I see her again, I’ll get sent for another PET scan.

Thank you for the ongoing support and affection.  I love you!

What is IgG?   http://m.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/allergy_and_asthma/igg_deficiencies_134,109/

Category: My Fight

4 comments on “Rockin’ Imbruvica!

  1. Jennifer: GREAT news! Thanks for sharing this with us, your fans and followers. It was great to see you too on Tuesday and need I say it again – you did look WONDERFUL! And that was beforer you even saw the doc and received the lab reports and had your exam. I am sure after that encounter was completed you were beaming from ear to ear. I can imagine how you weren’t quite looking forward to returning to the Infusion Suite monthly, BUT if the IVIG is going to boost your immune system to prevent other problems, I say “what the heck, sit down and relax for a spell”. You are an amazingly strong and formidable opponent to cancer!! You keep giving it your all and enjoy LIFE!!!

    • Terry, I look at the IVIG as a time to take a nap, work on this blog or do my homework. :) Plus, I get to catch up with you!

  2. That’s my girl. So happy to here this news. You’ve worked so hard to achieve this. Very proud of you. Your BIGGEST fan. Dad,

    love you.

    • Thanks Dad! I love you!

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