So my cancer journey continued with my moving in with my dad. After a week of living with my dad, I began to search online for apartments in the area close to the cancer center. I knew that I could not afford to find my own place in California due to the high cost of rent. I checked with a fellow cancer patient who has lived in the Goodyear area all her life on the apartments I was looking at. She pointed me to the apartment that was in a good area to live. On my next trip out for treatment, I visited the apartment complex closest to the center and filled out an application. A one bedroom unit was available and I put down a deposit to hold it for me. So, finally in late October I moved into my new home in Arizona. The staff of nurses in the infusion department began to donate stuff that I needed for my new place. I had moved here with a couple of suitcases of clothes and an air mattress. Everything else I needed was given to me by my friends and care team from the cancer center.
Over the past several months I have become more familiar with the area and it is beginning to feel more like home. I had to have a new stent placed in my right bronchial tube in December, and it has helped to keep my airways open to breathe more freely. I am a regular fixture at the cancer center each weekday, even when I don’t have appointments. I have breakfast with the Cancer Fighters group 3 days a week and I have the opportunity to meet new patients and friends. Dr. Quan has had me taking an oral medication called Votrient that I take on a daily basis. This medication is working at shrinking the tumors in both my lungs. Most of my hair has turned white, but that’s fine with me if it gets rid of the cancer. I am hopeful that I will be declared cancer free in the coming months.