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Heading Towards Christmas

Written by Roger Baker.

painting unveiled smallWhat a day! And what excitement! After a good five months of planning, my grand trip to the Liberian embassy came true today.

For those of you who don't know anything about Liberia, let me share just a bit. Liberia is a small west African republic started by former slaves who had been captured in Africa. It was the first republic in Africa, and although it has seen tragic changes in government before the change of the century, much has been corrected and the country is slowly being rebuilt.

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Wow! Doin' Good!

Written by Roger Baker.

This is Halloween, and okay, there's only one way to say it - WOW! I am doing good! Great, even!

Sue & I journeyed to Bethesda to the NIH Research Center that has been following my combination of treatments for both multiple sclerosis and brain cancer. An MRI two months ago looked very promising, but I had just completed 30 days of constant antibiotics (and the high-quality sort, 6+ IVs every day!) The MRI performed this week, after two chemo sessions and no more antibiotics shows no cancer and some healing in the passages and blood flow. I've improved healthwise! Even better is that since the start of a different pain medication I have felt much better, only having two major headaches since I started the new one six weeks ago. Up to now, I've had a serious headache for 5-6 days a week since the July surgery. I am doing great!

The biggest part of this is Sue was with me, receiving the same reasurrance that things are progressing well. My original prognosis was 12-18 months. I'm now at 8 months with no sign of cancer recurring, a very good sign. I'm thinking I will make it to St. Patrick's Day without any signs. We'll wait and see, and to my Roman Catholic friends, if you want to beg St. Patrick to keep an eye on me, I'm for it entirely.

I am pretty productive these days. I have kept up with the laundry and evening meal preparation most days, paid the bills, and generally fufilled the tasks that were mine a year ago.I am also working on the long-overdue dissertation, and I am about done with research except for minor details and I have a good 40 pages written of the 120 or so that I need to write. So that's about 1/3 - 1/2 done.

So this is me at Halloween, with Sue, awaiting what we desparately hope for is good news. It was better than that, it was great news!

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Almost Done With This Round!

Written by Roger Baker.

october 2012 mid-chemoJust posting that chemo round #4 is almost done--last treatment tonight--and I feel weak but stabled. Missed church for the first time in weeks, but I can live with that. I was in bed from about 10 P.M. Saturday till now. Sue went late to work to help me shower and dress (an angel, isn't she?) so I am a little better prepped for today.