Category Archives: Actemra – Tocilizumab

The Super-Magnificent, Splendiferous 100th Post!!!

OK… It’s not all that spectacular, really.  But in honor of this 100th post, I thought I would take a look back at where we were when I first started this blog, in September of 2009, and compare it to … Continue reading

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Cease Fire….

I have often said that our experience with arthritis has been like a war – a series of battles.  It’s been one step forwards and two steps back, constantly searching for the right treatment and waiting to catch a break.  … Continue reading

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Last Infusion – Fingers Crossed!

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear… not absence of fear.” Mark Twain Caitlin had her last infusion of Actemra last Thursday.  At least, that’s what we currently believe. It had been four months since her last infusion.  The … Continue reading

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The “R” Word

I remember the first time her doctor ever used the “R” word. It was Wednesday, May 10, 2006. We had an early morning appointment and I remember being hopeful, but cautious. We had discontinued Humira some six months earlier because … Continue reading

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Titanium, Turkey and Mashed Potatoes….

Well, it looks like we’re going to having some new titanium to appreciate at Thanksgiving this year. When the family comes to town to enjoy my husband’s fantastic turkey, and my momentous mashed potatoes and chocolate mousse malt ball pie … Continue reading

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Infusion #2 – Woo Hoo!

Last Wednesday, Caitlin had her second infusion of Tocilizumab (Actemra). In a nutshell – I give it a thumbs up and we are very hopeful! The whole experience was a huge improvement over the first infusion – which was naturally, … Continue reading

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Where We Are Going…

Tocilizumab. This is our next step. The irony is that I have been waiting for this drug for seven years. Literally. I found out about it when it was in early trials in Japan and I followed it closely. Caitlin … Continue reading

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