As Alice Cooper said, “I’m eighteen and I like it”

Hello again y’all,

I have spoken with Dr. Siegel this morning.  Remember, he’s the Liver Guy.  We chatted about my MRI taken last Thursday.  Here’s what we know for sure…

There are 18, shall we say, “alternate landscape features” on my liver.  I am now a candidate for Y-90 treatment…little pellets inserted into your portal vein that direct radiation just on a tumor, not throughout your abdomen.  You can have many shot into you at once.  Also, I am a candidate for resection.  This would be a procedure that either burns or freezes tumors off my liver.  My liver would then regenerate.  Dr. Siegel would prefer to see me undergo the Y-90 pellets treatment.  Neither one of these treatments was an option in 2008 because my liver was mostly alternative landscape.  Wahoo…I have made it to a land where there are more treatment options! Remember, I’m hitch hiking.  The longer I can stay in each treatment and the more treatment options there are, the longer my journey will be.  I would like to do a marathon, thank you very much.

Here’s what we don’t know…what is that alternative landscape?   The doc hoped the MRI would help differentiate cyst from tumor.  Alas, it did not.  It is still unclear even unto the well trained eye whether or not I have viable cancer on my liver.  Of course, we are all guessing that I do.  Just don’t know how much.  Perhaps a PetScan will be ordered to tell us definitively.  Perhaps we’ll decide not to care too much.  Doc says, “clearly, things are moving in the right direction”.  He’s a surgeon.  I got those words from a surgeon.  Kinda like getting directions from a statue!   It is thrilling to hear good, concise messages from a specialist.

So, now what?  Doc Siegel talks to Doc Silverman.  Surgeon meets with medical oncologist.  They decide the course.  Dr. Silverman has the upper hand.  I imagine that nothing different will come from all of this.  Except that “I’m 18 and I like it”.  Beats the hell out of “innumerable” any day of the week.

Time to sort through and file medical papers.  Yuck.  Then, move onto some chili making and corn bread baking.  Yep, there’ll be bison in my chili.  What’s on your plate tonight?  Make it colorful!  Then, wander down the street or into the woods and feast your eyes.  Sorry readers in Atlanta, LA, and Hawaii…it’s 65 degrees and bright red, orange, and yellow in Ohio today.  You might get the last laugh in February, but right now is the time to be a Midwesterner.




About nancy5vic

40-something year old cancer goddess (hah...make that 50-something now!!) raising four children and one husband. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2008. Love to travel, cook, bake and spend time with my kids and friends. My perfect day always starts with breakfast out...especially fantastic if I'm with John.
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3 Responses to As Alice Cooper said, “I’m eighteen and I like it”

  1. Annmarie Keogh says:

    Hurray for 18! Sounds like things are moving in the right direction honey. Keep us all posted and we’ll keep the prayers flying your way!

    Enjoy the weather, the colors, the smell of autumn, and the chili!

    We are finally cooling off in the ATL, the leaves have started to change. I’m sorry the Falcons beat the Brownies. My heart will always belong to Ohio.



    • nancy5vic says:

      The Browns are in Baltimore. There is still no professional football in Cleveland. Looked hopeful for a few weeks. Not anymore 😦
      Thanks for the prayers! See, they work!

  2. Alice Bedell says:


    What wonderful news you received today!!! Thank you for sharing. You made my day. As always, I love your analogies. You write so well. I am so happy you are blogging. I say shoot for a cross country travel in your hitch hiking. It’s far longer than a marathon!! We need you.

    Love ya,

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