Summer 2014 Vacation Plans Take Shape

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I am off for a new vacation adventure — destination New York City. Most of the summer tourists might be checking out Broadway or the beach but not me, I am heading to Bruckner Oncology.

Bruckner Oncology

Bruckner Oncology

My volunteer travel agent, Carole Zoom, interrupted her final wedding details to find last minute tickets. She even threw in some of her own frequent flyer miles. How to say, “Thank you.” I hope to meet her for the first time later this summer.

Another friend in NYC, Jenny Levison, has map quested my every move upon arrival, is seeing if she can help with rides and made her home available. Despite her husband’s sons wedding being this Friday. She just kind of dropped everything and made this sound like her plan for the week. My mom and sister are now vying to see who wins the chaperone ticket for this trip. I am feeling wildly popular and loving it.

The ever intrepid Holly Pruett, quarter backed without question getting my massive files to NYC, and the doctor to review, comment and schedule me for this next week. The staff seem great, the doctor incisive in how he has already parsed four years of treatment history into a winning plan for circumventing my aggressive cancer despite my high failure rate with chemo.

He is known for treating us chemo failures, a large group of cancer patients that usually just die. He admires my existing treatment team and will work with them and even feels he can compliment the immunotherapy trial start up effort while he stabilizes me until my turn comes up for the T Cell Depletion Part Two, presumably this winter.

Other friends have brought in cheer, food and flowers to keep the modestly catatonic Mike and I of good spirits.

I have cried for a total of 60 seconds. I know this news is dire. I also heard my body SCREAMING, got tested and have felt my body settle down since the results came in.

I had a back up plan researched and it played out perfectly. Dr. Bruckner was where I wanted to go if things went bad. Everything has only confirmed that plan.

I value my local doctor a lot but knew as soon as she shared her treatment proposal that it was a path towards death – it wouldn’t work for me. Some day I might select those drugs but not now. She accepted that. I have had two surgical consults and they both said the exact same things about the amount of cancer I currently have leaving me inoperable. I don’t agree with that but I accept that – they were quite certain.

I feel hopeful. Not for a cure, ha!, but for continuing on the path assigned me. My body feels strong. My naturopath is working to address my blood sugar issues that probably caused my loss of consciousness earlier this week. And two days that total sixteen hours of infusion, well, that’s gotta do something. Right?

Stay tuned.

warmly, marcy

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  1. Hi Marcy,
    You will meet a wonderful, courageous group of women (and being courageous yourself will fit right in). and men at Bruckner Oncology, two doctors that desire only to save lives and awesome chemo nurses, administration staff and physicians assistants. You will love them, I promise. I have been flying from western Canada to New York twice a month for chemo and believe what this place offers is life. It is a modest looking clinic that sometimes surprises those coming from large hospitals with more luxurious accommodations. If Dr. Bruckner is your main oncologist at the clinic, sometimes he may not remember your name. He is brilliant and loved as is his partner, Dr. Hershfeld. I hope we meet one day. Laurie from Canada

  2. Hope you receive this. 

    I’ll be at Bruckner’s for my appointment on Monday, June 23rd….

    Leaving tomorrow to stop in Atlanta before going on to NY on Sunday.  I’m “Mimi25″ on Inspire but I’m Judy on the Bruckner site.  I started with Dr. Bruckner & Dr. Hirschfeld first week of Nov last year.  Lots of us there being treated for “our” cancer.  Will you be there Mon?  What time is your appointment? 

    Hope to see you,  Mimi/Judy

  3. Just checking in with you Marcy, thanks for the update and for letting us know how things go in New York. Keeping you in mind and heart, Usha

  4. Marcy, I just love that you had a back up plan and you are now implementing it. There are a few women who I wish would look into Bruckner Oncology. I’ve offered the information but it’s up to them. You’re proactive but you don’t identify as a cancer patient. That’s a great balance I think. You have a great support team too! I so hope you have very successful results there. Be sure to have fun too!

  5. Marcy, it looks as if you will have many supporters there in the Big Apple. I will be waiting here ready for tea. Love, Adele

  6. YOU ARE NOT A CHEMO FAILURE. Chemo has failed YOU. A big difference. I hope you have a chance to enjoy a bit of NYC while you are there. Please post on the Yahoo group, as there are a number of NY gals on the list. We ALL want to be pooling our energy for you. I think you are making an excellent step!

  7. This sounds so positive. What luck to have connected with a doctor who may actually be able to prolong your time here on Earth with hopefully less pain. Yay for your team, too. You have amazing, wonderful, supportive friends. Keeping you in my thoughts always. Hugs.

    • With all due respect, this is anything but luck. Ovarian cancer patients must continually stay on top of every option, because their doctor’s can’t, and, after a while, we are out of options. Marcy has been her own very best advocate, and she found yet another way to help herself. This is a huge lesson and gift to everyone.

  8. Sending you support from Seattle. Hope things go as planned or unplanned….open to all the possibilities is how you seem. I admire your courage and wisdom. May the journey continue and bring you blessings. Hugs from afar.

  9. Amazing! How smart to have a backup plan ready to go so quickly. Hope things continue to fall into place as they have (with a lot of help from friends) this week.

  10. Hi Marcy — Ever the organizer! And we know that means involving others; you do it very well. Sending you strength to add to your own and my wish that all goes well. Love, Marion

  11. You and your team are amazing! You approach your disease as you’ve approached social injustice — you just don’t quit. If there’s a roadblock, it’s just a detour — must be another way around even when heavily armed guards tell you no. my small portion of energy and lots of good wishes are with you. sending love. j

  12. You go, girl! What an indomitable spirit! Thankful you had a plan B and that all is falling into place with lots of help from family and friends. Blessings as you begin this new phase of treatment and life. Sending prayers for your healing from this crazy cancer! Love from Jeanne & Kae

  13. I love the sound of click, click, click, as right things snap into place. I’ve had some recent clicks in my life and hope that you continue to hear clicks on your trip to NYC. Love…

  14. Marcy, so glad to read about such a comprehensive plan forming so fast. This next Doc sounds like the right one to work with…. In the face of such sadness, such gladness… Amazing when two such emotions collide….
    Sending you so much love, courage and prayers for many encounters with embodied angels.

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