New Chemo Meds

I’m thankful for new meds I’ll likely be starting on Monday. I’m really distracted right now, but let me attempt to tell you a few reasons why …

First, it was quite shocking to learn I had lung cancer, especially since I hadn’t been a smoker and I’ve lived a pretty healthy lifestyle. They did some genetic testing after the biopsies, and we learned that there is a new chemotherapy drug which has been quite successful at targeting the particular type of cancer I have. This is great news, since not only does it help shrink the cancer, but it also seems to generally be easier on the body than many other chemotherapies. I’m hoping to have an easier go with fewer side effects on this one.

Here’s more news, good and bad:

The good news is that it’s in pill form, so I can conveniently take it at home. The bad news is that it’s in pill form, so it’s not covered by our government insurance like the chemotherapy drugs we get via IV in the hospital. The other bad news is that it’s astonishingly expensive. The good news is that the cost is currently covered for me. I can’t tell you how thankful we are for this!

Jono picked up my new chemo pills this week, and learned from the pharmacist that I shouldn’t be taking them while on the steroids I’ve been taking since December. I spoke to my oncology nurse yesterday, and learned how to taper down the steroids. The plan is to start these new chemo pills on Monday.

I’m so thankful for this new medication, and hopeful that it will help me feel better without too many side effects. I am so thankful for medical research which is making a difference for so many people. I’m also very thankful for the ways that many of our costs are covered: this is such a gift!

If you are a praying person, please continue to pray for healing, for these new meds to work well, and for energy and encouragement for our whole family. Thank you!

7 thoughts on “New Chemo Meds

  1. So pleased you are able to start the new meds now and their costs have been covered. Medical science has come a long way. All those little donations eventually add up.
    Will new dates be going up on Food Tidings as you start the new course of chemo Jill? Will fatigue still be an impediment? If so, perhaps your friend co-ordinating the food service could add some more weeks for us to help in that department. Praying. WIth love & hugs,

  2. Hi Jill! So glad to read such a hope-filled email. Fingers crossed this new chemo is the big turn around you need. We’re in bc but when I get back I too would love to fill in some of the dates on your dinner calendar.

    I think of you many times everyday.

    Love to all of you,

  3. Dear Jill thankyou for the update.continuing in prayer from Oz.
    Life, health, peace, joy, courage, patience, hope, faith, strength.
    Love from us.

  4. Thanks for the update Jill. So glad to read that there is a medication that helps to shrink the cancer. Will pray that ALL your medication will be covered financially. I have a hard time believing that God would connect you with the right medication and not provide the funds for it. My faith is big for this. Sending my love….Simone

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