Saudi Arabia/USA: American Bedu Will Be Out of Circulation a Few Days


I’m likely to be away from the blog for a few days.  Tomorrow I will have the first of three procedures towards killing the cancer that has grown and spread in my liver.  During my absence American Bedu will have two trusted moderators looking out for the blog.

It’s been a busy time behind the scenes of American Bedu.  I’ve had doctor’s appointments, been sent to specialists and also doing all kinds of research on the various options for attacking cancer which has spread to the liver.

I’m happy to say that after being examined and assessed by two specialists, I qualify for a procedure called SIR-Spheres.  SIR-Spheres is still considered a relatively new treatment against liver cancer but thus far, it has had very good results.  The doctor who is administering this treatment to me is confident that SIR-Spheres will kill 90 to 100 per cent of the cancer in my liver!  That is literally like a new lease on life for me.

I am both excited and a little scared of the upcoming treatment.  I’m scared just because it is new and unknown to me.  I am excited because it offers such promising results.

I will make every effort to explain SIR-Spheres and the type of treatments I will be undergoing.  In a nutshell, SIR-Spheres is the placement of radioactive particles directly in to my liver.  The SIR-Spheres will gravitate to and attach to the various cancer cells that are in the liver and ultimately kill them.   

The doctor who will be performing the procedure on me advises, “SIR-Spheres microspheres is a powerful weapon against one of the
deadliest forms of cancer,” said Dr. Eric A. Wang, Chief of Vascular &
Interventional Specialists at Charlotte Radiology. “SIR-Spheres
microspheres are proven to extend patients’ lives and, just as
importantly, allow patients to maintain a good quality of life.”

SIR-Spheres is a three procedure process.  The first process, which I will have tomorrow is called mapping (and testing).  A catheter is insert via the femoral artery and routed directly in to the liver.  Once in place, die will be released into the catheter so that the physician can map where the die travels.  He will then clamp off any blood vessels where the die is able to travel outside of the liver.  This is done in order to protect other areas/organs of the body from being damaged by any escaped radioactive particles.  A small number of SIR-spheres will also be deposited in to the liver.

If all goes as expected without any reactions or complications, then two weeks later I will have the second process.  The second (and third) process is the distribution (via catheter again) of the SIR-Spheres into the liver.

This process can cause some pain and discomfort in addition to possible nausea.  Thankfully I have some dear family and friends who will stay with me for a few days after I’ve been released from the hospital.  I will not be able to lift much, strain, or stand too long during the recovery period from the procedure.  For the first few days I also have to limit my exposure to young children or pets as a precaution due to the radiation inside of my body.  My cats will be going on an  “extended overnight stay” with a cat loving friend.

I will be back on the blog between procedures when I feel strong enough.  In the interim I am trying to write posts in advance so my absence will not be felt.

In the meantime, keep your comments and queries coming.  In addition to the blog, I can always be reached directly via email at


Mother Hen Warrior Bedu


28 Responses

  1. Wishing you all the best in this treatment. It is so important to be doing what you can for yourself at this time, and trust that the rest is being taken care of in the best way Upstairs. God bless you!

  2. Praying for ya Carol!! I hope this is the blessing that you’ve been looking for. Your such a strong woman, you will go through this with the same tough but positive attitude I’ve learned about you over the years online. Keep those grandbabies on your mind and heart while you go through the procedures, they will get you through it.

  3. simply , get better

  4. Praying for the best results, dear friend. You are a strong encouragement to many.

  5. I have been Following your blog for quite sometime Carol,and I will be praying,for you during this time. I know what your going through.My Father was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in July of 2011,and did not qualify for chemo,he passed away on December 24,2011.

    I hope this procedure works,

  6. Mother Hen Warrior Bedu — love that!

    Best wishes! The thoughts and prayers of many are with you.

  7. Fight the good fight!

  8. Best wishes I will pray for your recovery

  9. We wish the american Bedu a speedy recovery inshallah.

  10. I am happy you got approved for this treatment, wishing you all the best!

  11. Carol:

    Keeping fingers and toes crossed. I hope to hear the words, cancer free real soon.

  12. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  13. Carol, wishing you the very best. At the Dallas hospital where I work, we have the same gizmo. From what I have heard from docs and patients/families, this particular treatment has a VERY very high success rate, with minimal side effects.

    Keep the hope burning, Carol!!!

  14. Safe journey, Carol!

  15. Good luck, stay positive, and stay strong!

  16. Good luck, Carol! May The Force Be With You ….

  17. Best of luck.

  18. Carol-
    As you know my thoughts and prayers are always with you. I am very optimistic about this treatment for you-it sounds as if you are in more than fantastic hands. Some medical professionals who are on the “cutting-edge” of procedures and technology make all the difference in the world. Stay positive and know there are so many people out there praying for you and behind you 100%.You may not be my sister-in-law anymore, but I am still there for you!
    Lots of love,

  19. best of luck carol, our thought and prayers are with you. be brave and be strong 🙂

  20. Carol, you will do just fine, Lord Willing! Pleaeeeze hurry back.

  21. Hi Carol Bedu,

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. My mom had the same procedure done in fairbanks/ak a while back, and she is a thousand times better. She had minimal side effects like nausea for 4-5 days and that was about it. Her quality of life is much much better than ever and it shows. Take care and see ya soon!

  22. Gail – I will always look upon you as a sister.

    Love you,

  23. Good luck shines in thr life of the brave
    Always be strong,luck will be your slave

    Best of luck Carol.

  24. As always, asking the angels of love and light to surround you.

  25. Dear Carol,

    I wish you all the very best, this treatment sounds indeed very optimistic.

    I am almost certain that all will go well!

    We will be waiting for your news.


  26. Wishing you the best. Good luck!

  27. Carol,
    How are you doing today? I hope you are well and encouraged. You are always in our prayers. Be strong and encouraged!

  28. […] see, I had my 2nd procedure on 12 June.  My first procedure which took place on 01 June went well.  That was the mapping and diagnostic procedure during which […]

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