Wil Dasovich on cancer: ‘One final step’ before remission
Wil Dasovich has a positive update on his cancer journey.
“I have all good news for this one,” the Fil-Am YouTube vlogger began in his video from home. Accompanying him was close friend Alodia Gosiengfiao.
Dasovich was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in August 2017. He has been receiving treatment in University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
After nine cycles of chemotherapy, he shared that the mass found in his lungs was gone. His lymph nodes also had no cancer.
He discussed that the hardest part was when something unidentified was found in his lungs. It could’ve been an infection like pneumonia, but the possibility of cancer scared him.
“I’ve been positive through this whole experience and once that happened, it was the first time I highly considered the end and all these negative thoughts,” he said.
The usually chatty and open vlogger said the fear made him shy away from talking about his condition.
It was then “the biggest relief, the biggest weight off my shoulders” when he was told that after the chemotherapy there was nothing in his lungs anymore.
“I just shouted and I was like, ‘I’m gonna live! I’m gonna live.”
Last cycle of chemotherapy
The ninth cycle of his chemotherapy became his last when he had an allergic reaction to one of the medications, oxaliplatin.
Two hours into the treatment, he said he felt “really hot and itchy.” When he looked at himself in the mirror, his face was swollen and he had rashes.
The oncologist said it would be his last chemo treatment. “Basically I hit my limit, I can’t take anymore of the chemo.”
Still, he was positive about it: “It’s exciting. It’s good that I only had to go through nine cycles and the maximum I could’ve gone through was 12.”
Neuropathy, which is caused either by cancer or cancer treatment, had also disappeared. Injury to peripheral nerves causes symptoms such as numbness, tingling or pain. For Dasovich, he became sensitive to cold temperatures.
“I can finally eat room temperature food and room temperature water,” he said. “Throughout the whole chemo process that was definitely, easily the hardest part about it all because it’s just like you’re a mutant.”
“I feel great,” he said of his current state.
He also related that after the fifth cycle, “things got better” for him in terms of health. Videos from the fourth cycle showed that he had grown thinner and appeared sickly “like a zombie.”
Another type of treatment helped him which he said could be viewed as controversial.
“It’s something that’s completely legal,” he clarified. It “really helped me get through chemotherapy.”
“I’m sure a lot of you can guess. We’re in California.”
California was the first state in the United States to make medical marijuana legal back in 1996. On Jan. 1, 2018, recreational marijuana was made legal in the state.
His implanted port which was necessary for chemotherapy was also finally removed. He showed off a relatively small stitch on his chest from where it was.
However, he shared that it became eventful. The surgery took longer than planned due to scar tissue which had wrapped around the port and the catheter.
While the tissue indicated that he was healing, “[t]he anesthesia wore off while it was happening.”
“I started feeling it and yelling and it was crazy.”
Still, it couldn’t dampen his spirits. “I have one final step before I’m officially in remission,” he declared. “I could see the finish line.” JB
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