Things are going really well these days. My latest PET/CT scan shows the cancer continuing to diminish, so we can safely assume that Femara is working and we are continuing to gain ground toward remission. As I've said in previous posts, the goal is that I can stay on Femara for a long time (possibly years) before the cancer outsmarts it and we have to switch to something else (i.e. back to chemo). I continue to get monthly Zometa treatments, which are really easy and I have no side effects. It is amazing how the body adjusts - my first couple Zometa infusions back in Oct/Nov were pretty rough, but now I have a treatment on Friday and am out hiking on Saturday.
Speaking of hiking, THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Team Survivor Mt. Adams climb. Everyone has been extremely generous, but there is still time to give if you haven't already. Go to http://www.teamsurvivornw.org/http://www.teamsurvivornw.org/, click on Mt. Adams Climb, and the link to the donation page is about half way down the page. We have a little team blog that documents our training hikes and eventually I'll use it to post pictures from the summit. The website is http://tsnwmtadamsclimb2010.blogspot.com/. The big event is Aug 9th - 12th. Please send prayers/vibes/wishes/thoughts/etc. for warm, dry weather. I am still trying to imagine how I'll be warm enough sleeping on a glacier, but as I keep telling myself, others have done it and lived to tell about it. Our base camp is at 9,000 feet, so it is likely to be below freezing at night, even in the middle of August.
Final comment - the woman standing behind me in the photo is the amazing Dr. Rinn. She is doing the Mt. Adams climb with the July group and will be a sherpa with my group in August, which will be really special. You can also read a little more about her and some of my fellow climbers by clicking on the Team Profiles link on the Mt. Adams blog.