Slight disappointment

Greetings, fiends — I have a tiny little setback to report today. It’s not really a setback, per se, but rather a bump in the road. We shall overcome.

Turns out we will not qualify for the Keytruda study after all. From their site:


Keytruda is a prescription medicine used to treat non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Keytruda may be used as your first treatment option when your lung cancer has spread (advanced NSCLC) and tests positive for “PD-L1” and your tumor does not have an abnormal “EGFR” or “ALK” gene.


Michael meets two of the three requirements. He has advanced NSCLC, and his tumors do not have the abnormal genes. He did, however, test negative for PD-L1. Unfortunately, all three qualifiers must be in place in order to proceed. So, we do full-on chemo. A bit of a bummer, but that’s OK. It doesn’t dilute his resolve, or mine.

We joked a bit over coffee this morning about him losing his hair and the mustache he’s had since 1976. Our grandchildren won’t recognize him. :-D Kidding…everyone will be fine with it. Fellow RtB citizen Stoney recently went through a repeat bout of chemo, and lost her locks. She’s on the rebound now, looking cute with her short, wavy style. I’m sure the Thriller will regrow his handlebar in due time.

Another update: I asked his oncologist if doing treatments in Mansfield would allow him to remain Michael’s primary physician. He said no, that a colleague would take over his care. Not happening. Not that there aren’t good doctors in Mansfield, but this guy is fantastic, and we like and trust him. Hence, we’ll go to Cleveland for treatments. It’s every 20 days or so, and he has his new wheels, so it’s pretty much a no-brainer.

This is the first time Michael has gone to Cleveland without me. I’m kind of ooky about it, but he assured me he will pull over quickly in the event of any coughing/choking fits. (I didn’t go with him today because we couldn’t be sure I’d be back in time for an out-of-town performance at 5 p.m.)

I think that’s it for this morning — thank you again for coming along on this odyssey with us.


8 thoughts on “Slight disappointment

  1. Mavis

    We will fight on, for sure! Thriller is a rock. I’ve never seen such determination with so many hurdles in front of him! Hair is overrated. Many a bald pate have gone on to bigger and better things! Besides, it’s his sweet heart that means more than anything. Keep fighting, Thriller. We are all right behind you and love you!

  2. PKPudlin

    Just blown away by the bravery shown by both of you. You guys rock! Thanks for the update. Hugs and love-

  3. Darice

    The bumps keep it interesting…you’re both moving through this adventure wonderfully and I have no doubt you’ll continue to do so. Hugs until the next rest area.

  4. RD

    A vehicle that’s stationary experiences no bumps, but it’s not making any forward progress. When there are bumps, it’s because you’re still moving ahead. Our love and prayers continue.

  5. Jarrod

    From one baldy to another – hair is highly overrated. You’ll be fine without your locks or your stache for a bit.

    Keep up the fight and know that many have no question that you will overcome. Much love to you both. #TeamThriller forever.

  6. David

    I had zero chance of reading this installment of the Odyssey until right now…it was killing me knowing it was there and I was not!
    Thriller if the folicals disappear for a time I think you will be very close Telly Savalas…so, I will send you tootsie pops!
    You so have this…praying without ceasing!

  7. Suzanne

    Thanks for the update. I would guess that Thriller will like being bald! OK maybe the mustache will be missed but hey, bald dudes with mustaches are all the rage now.

  8. Rat Fink Post author

    How much do I love you all combined? I can’t even say. Seeing these comments is a huge part of what keeps me going on bad days, and the Thriller is overwhelmed by your kindness and encouragement and prayers. You are the BEAST — the fact that you check in here when you can is humbling and so appreciated. The fact that you actually comment with these beautiful expressions of love and encouragement is incredible. Are you tired of me hugging you yet?


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