Friday, February 19, 2010

Quick update on LDH ...

I had my LDH levels retested and am happy to report that the total and the isoenzyme breakouts all reported back normal levels. I guess my snow shoveling theory was accurate.

My meeting with the new MD was pleasant. He understands that I have organically arrived at where I am along the treatment path and is willing to monitor me. We discussed and he has since ordered a sonogram of my abdomen and pelvis so that we can get an update on tumor burden. The images won't be quite as clear as a CT but then again this is a safe method that doesn't emit radiation. The trade off is simply worth it.

The next update should include some interesting imagery of hopefully, a cancer free liver. Stay tuned ...


18 comments:

this is paul said...

Great news son. Get a snow blower!!!
this is dad

Mike Brockey said...

Hey dad -- Can I borrow your snow blower? ;-)

Kitrina aka Kit said...

Great to here the news Mike!I know this can be a scary ride but simply trust, believe, and let go. Giving energy to anything else is feeding negative energy and that is not what you desire to feed.

Love lifting hugs to you and your fabulous support system. You rock!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Mike. I'm happy for you.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear. I was hoping it was the snow.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^

That was April.

lol

Itsyouormenow said...

I just discovered your blog...
it's amazing how similar we are. you are 31, I'm 30. you have recently had a child and my daughter was born 1.5 month ago. we both have blogs AND we are using the same style for them :) (see http://itsyouormenow.blogspot.com/)

...and yes, we both have melanoma. but we are both going to kick its sorry ass! I keep my fingers crossed. don't give up!

Itsyouormenow said...

oh, and as I just discovered that you are software engineer too (though I'm kinda on the other side, working for Google ;) ). I've done some .NET stuff in the past though, even been C# MVP for some time... :)
this is awesome :D

Mike Brockey said...

If only we met on better terms. (being both software guys, egos would collide and we'd probably hate each other) ;-)

Is your MM currently at stage 3?

I'll be keeping up with your blog. I wish you luck my friend.

Itsyouormenow said...

unfortunately, as I only learned today, my MM advanced to stage IV, thanks to two small tumors in my liver... more about this on my blog soon :|

Mike Brockey said...

As you will read in my blog, while I am waiting for the western medicine industry to restore my faith I have decided to follow something called the Gerson Therapy. My only regret is that I didn't start this therapy sooner.

http://www.gerson.org/

Mike

Itsyouormenow said...

yeah, I'm seriously considering some of this stuff too... it's so frustrating to see how much the western medicine is dragging its legs when it comes to adopting some old/unconventional wisdom...

Anonymous said...

Mike,
I'm so happy with your latest update and I pray for good ultrasound results. I also tried Gerson for cancer and I'm a big believer in it, so please don't give up and stay strong. But I also keep an eye on new research as well and I've just run into this new article http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/research/23trial.html. It's just an info that might be interesting for you.

Peace and healing,
Carmen

Anonymous said...

Oops ... here is the link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/research/23trial.html

Carmen

Anonymous said...

Hmmm ... sorry for that, I hope it works this last time:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/research/23trial.html

C.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/research/23trial.html

Trial for melanoma said...

lnk

Mike Brockey said...

Thanks for sharing this story. I have seen and have been following the Plx4032 develops for the past few months.

The Times has also published a three part video series on the subject. I thought it was a nice story.

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/target_cancer/index.html

The story is a bit dated as I have since learned of at least one more person for whom the drug has stopped working!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=64475834492

I agree that one must keep an eye open, and the fact is that this drug has been doing amazing things for people. It is not a cure. I certainly hope that it continues to work for those that are currently seeing benefit. I have met a few through this process that are currently taking or seeking to obtain this drug. I remain confident that my path will allow me the time that I need to make a more informed decision.

You mentioned that you used Gerson, I presume by your statement that you went away from it. If you would please get in touch with me via email, I'd like to learn your story.

Mike