actual microscopic image of my BRAF+MEK being delivered at a cellular level
(my white blood cells wear body armor!)
Even better news was that my side effects from the targeted therapy have seemed to taper off at the lower dose (100mg instead of 150mg). Now the side effects are minimal and I'm not at risk of being removed from the study. And the rigor of my total treatment involves taking three pills in the morning and two in the evening and a day at Moffitt every month. No wonder this combo therapy has become - as one doctor put it - the "phenom" in melanoma. A low impact, quick acting, high response therapy for a disease that had almost no therapies with any one of those features.
While awesome news, we are trying to just live in the moment. We are enjoying not having to deal with this on a daily basis. I have some breathing room, some time, and I'm going to take full advantage of it. We've restarted planning a summer vacation, I've committed to some new bike rides for the end of summer as I had to miss the ones I planned on this spring. I'm setting goals and setting aside excuses.
After holding the line for a year - my own little Battle of Britain - we've struck a mighty blow to cancer. We've reduce it to less than half its former strength and the math for the next six weeks looks bad for cancer as well. I am taking from it its ability to influence my daily life, relegating it to the far off battlefield. And I have taken from it a renewed appreciation for these blue skies, for now void of black birds and storm clouds.