Update 5: Halfway through Phase II

Well folks, I’m halfway through the second phase of my chemotherapy treatment.

I wish I could say things have been smooth sailing to this point, but these past couple weeks have unfortunately been a very difficult process so far.

With this phase, I’m given the ol’ chemo trifecta made up of IV style chemo, oral chemo pills, and injections in the stomach.

Immediately upon starting this regimen, I got hit with nausea really bad. That means no appetite and lots of car sickness on the way in and out of Seattle for my appointments.

In addition to the nausea, about 2 weeks ago on Labor day weekend I started getting an annoying little headache on Friday night. I didn’t think much of it at the time because I tend to get all kinds of little aches and pains that are hard to attribute and don’t usually last too long.

But this damn little headache ended up lasting all weekend long. What was strange is the only thing that would make it feel better was laying down flat on my back. After calling the doctor, they suggested it was a spinal headache caused by the the lumbar punctures I’ve been getting about once a week. With lumbar punctures, they take a bit of fluid out of your spinal column and that imbalance in fluid can be the cause of painful headaches when upright or exposed to light.

That little headache ended up getting worse and worse, lasting a full 14 days. I finally got to the point where all I could do was spend all day laying down in a dark room. Getting up to go to the bathroom, take a shower, eat breakfast, it all caused excruciating pain in my head, which then caused more nausea interestingly enough.

After getting some strange temperature swings, they finally called me into the hospital at about 10PM on a Monday evening. After three days at UW Medical Center and a bunch of blood/bags of hydration later, my headache is now gone (thank goodness).

Now it’s time for “Phase II of Phase II” and spoiler alert: it’s pretty much an exact repeat of the regimen I completed in these last four weeks. Right now, I’m waiting for my blood counts to come back up and when they do, I get to start the fun all over again.

All complaining about chemo symptoms aside, I always knew things would get harder before they got easier, and I’m sure the same stands true for the rest of my treatment. The good thing is that I know for the most part, the pain and discomfort is only temporary and for every couple of rough days, there are usually a couple of good days where I’m feeling up.

Thanks again everyone for following along and all your love and support — month two here we come!


14 thoughts on “Update 5: Halfway through Phase II”

  1. Hi Brock~Just checking in to say hi! And to let you know that I continue to pray for speedy healing, great health care, and minimal side effects.

  2. I guess they don’t make that stuff for wimps. Way to stay tough Brock. Went to watch Redlands play Linfield last Saturday. Linfield 44 Redlands 7. Plu needs to beat those guys.

  3. I looked up to you in hs and keep checking in throughout life and man even when you have the chance to be down you are amazing. Continue to fight and I continuously will pray for you. You’re an amazing person and when you get all good and cleared I’m taking you to lunch

  4. Brock we will continue to pray for your healing and for God to give you an extra measure of strength for the second half of this treatment.

  5. hey Brock , we know how awful treatment is and are thinking of you all the time. Please stay strong, we know you will, we love you so much we are always with you Gramps and Grams

  6. Hi Brock,

    Just checking in to see how you are doing. Sounds pretty rough but the good news is that you’ll get through it.
    I lost a good friend the other day to a freak head injury. His name is Kurt Larson, your dad will know him. He was my age with kids and way too young to go the way he did. Every time I think about him I get sad and feel like I should have been a better friend to him. Anyway I didn’t want to bring you down but I want you to remember that just about when you think your situation couldn’t be worse you would be wrong. Fight on kid, you will be back better than ever. You can do this!

  7. Brock – You are an inspiration. What you’ve gone through so far would’ve put a lot of people in a deep funk, but you have such a bright outlook, keep it up. It’s wonderful you’re focusing on the end result and not the daily grind which can be pretty miserable. We think of you often and know you’re in good hands. Be well and keep fighting the fight. ~ Bob & Jill

  8. Think of you every day, Brock and know you are a genuine fighter!!! You will WIN this battle….Keep up the good fight and know it will get better with time….Love ya – Elaine

  9. Brockton,

    I don’t know you but it looks like we have some mutual friends on Facebook and I went through my chemo treatment during the Seahawks Super Bowl win run in 2013. I just wanted to let you know to stay strong man! Chemo is super rough but if you take the approach that your going to whoop it @ss you will! Your in great hands over at UW as I remember staying there for way to long. Cute nurces everywhere is about the best thing about it! Keep on trucking and whoop that cancers @ss! If you ever need someone to talk to feel free to friend me on fb as I have been in your shoes! Hope you don’t find it weird a complete stranger is writing this but it helped me when I could talk to others that have been in our shoes at this age! Do work and you will be back in action in no time! Positive vibes your way dude!
    Jeff Mitzel (just another dude that never asked to be diagnosed with cancer)

  10. Brock – your positive attitude is probably the most important treatment you can have and it is also such an inspiration to those of us that have never had to deal with what you are going through. Shame on us for complaining about anything! God bless you and carpe diem!!

    -Todd and Kaaren

  11. I’ve been thinking about you throughout the weekend. So, thought I would drop you a note to let you know I am praying for you, the healthcare workers who are caring for you and all your loving family.

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