High Intensity Chemotherapy – As Advertised

torture-chair-530x720Please see the picture to the Right of the “Iron Chair” or “Chinese Torture Chair”. This could be described as history’s most painful stool. With its heyday in 18th century Europe, it was rarely used, and even more rarely seen, but you can imagine how painful it was for those seated when it was called to action.

My first time going through chemotherapy, my body responded better than expected. I kind of expected this time to be no different, but for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in pretty rough shape. I had a 6-hour session at Cancer Care on October 29th, then before I was feeling any better they blasted me again on November 5th. Yesterday, November 13th is really the first day I’ve felt like myself. In the 16 days following my first treatment, the most exciting thing I’ve been able to do is pit two aristocratic Southern families against each other, and while they were at war with each other, rob them both blind and escape on a stolen locomotive in a blaze of gunfire. You read that right… I’ve been playing a lot of XBox.

Right now, the hardest part about all of this is knowing that next time is going to be worse… and the stem cell therapy will be even worse after that. The anti-nausea meds are working better than last time, but the main side-effect is migraine headaches… so take your pick.

We weren’t sure if I was going to get any good days before I start my next cycle of chemo on the 19th, but now it looks like I’ll have 4! The fictitious aristocrats and 13-year-old online gamers that I’ve been dominating had better make them count.

So it goes.



16 thoughts on “High Intensity Chemotherapy – As Advertised

  1. As this chair faded into history, so do we hope all current painful stools become a relic of the past. You and Amanda have “sat” through this recent unexpected trial with humor and aplomb. Keep “pushing”. We’re with you all the way! Dly


  2. I hate these posts and I love them too!! You are a courageous man and I hope you can feel your extended families love and support each and every day!๐Ÿ’•


  3. Many, many people cheering you and your loved ones on. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

    Each new day is a gift.



  4. Andrew your raw emotion and pain and your humour will continue to help you through this journey. Thinking of you and your family.


  5. Weโ€™re amazed at how well you are keeping your sense of humour intact, Andrew. Though we wish it were longer, Weโ€™re happy you are having a few good days now. We think of you always but will be sending you extra love next week.
    Xo Rena & Brent


  6. Weโ€™re always eager to get your up-dates, but we receive them with smiles and tears. Iโ€™m sure that every person who sends you hugs, prayers and love would gladly take some portion of your pain and suffering…leaving you and Amanda and your families more strength to power through this! xoxo


  7. Your courage and humor in the midst of this fight are awe inspiring. May the love and prayers from your family and MANY friends bring you healing!
    Love, from your California cousin, Susan (Grant) Seybold


  8. Platitudes just donโ€™t cut it but it is hard to find the voice to express love and support. I remember you Andrew as a lovely boy, now grown into a lovely man with outstanding strength and fortitude. I hope someday soo you will be able to relax.


  9. I never thought of you as a schemer, robber, and escape artist Andrew. Perhaps it’s research to understand how The Donald’s mind works ?

    Aiden is now 11 and plays a lot of Play Station. Is that compatible with XBox ? If it is, how does he sign on to play you ? Warning, he’s pretty good !

    Keep up the good fight, and come visit all your friends and family in Ontario soon.

    Tim McPhail


  10. Andrew
    Your courage, strength and humour are a great honour to great guy you are. May you and Amanda have love and peace as you pass into your next journey with your family by your side. Thinking of you always. ๐Ÿ™ for miracles love Bev


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