Each cycle of radiation or chemo is followed by the inevitable blood draw. It takes about a week for the CA 125 Ovarian Cancer marker to come back. Other blood markers are available in just a few days. Every time they take blood, I wait anxiously for the results. The last CA level blood marker was the harbinger of recurrence. Even “normal” values can cause fear if they double or triple for the previous draw. This go round, the hospital is using a new lab, so the numbers can’t be compared to previous values. There is no joy or heartbreak associated with this number; it’s simply a number. The plan, unless there is some anomaly is that I’ll start chemo next week. Happy to be down with radiation, but remembering the trek that was the last chemo journey. This time will be new drugs, which inevitably means new side effects. In the meantime…trying to get healthy and recommending these documentaries on #Netflix: Mortified Nation, Queen of Versailles, Girl Model, Russia’s Toughest Prisons, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead.