Thursday, August 21, 2008

Life Takes a Turn….

Well, this was totally unexpected… These past few weeks have brought about a number of “events* that are far from what we had ever wanted. You will now understand why I haven’t posted for a while.

My father went to the doctor near the end of July and came out saying he’d had some chest x-rays to investigate a cough he’s had for a while.  He was told that a few “spots” were seen on the x-rays and that the doctor was sending him for a bone scan, a CT scan and then to see a specialist… a doctor who I knew was an oncologist.  It didn’t take much to figure out what they thought was happening.  He also was having some difficulty with one of his eyes… frequent persistent pain and some drooping of the eyelid.  I didn’t have a good feeling about it… but hoping it wasn’t related, made an appointment with his eye specialist.

After all the tests were run, and he had seen the eye specialist, I made an appointment with his GP for the two of us.  During that visit, the diagnosis was made clear to my father - as I had suspected, he has lung cancer… the CT showed metastasis to the brain with a number of lesions— one of which is probably causing the eye problem.  By this time it was fully closed and he was unable to open it.

We then went to see the oncologist, who confirmed the diagnosis and tried to make clear what was happening and his prognosis.  He gave us a time frame for the progression, but it is only a guess.  We can only hope for the best.

Then, while dealing with my own cancer.... and now my dad’s.... we got some upsetting news about a good friend who had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year.  After going through a long period of treatment and battling to regain his health we had been excited when he was told that his cancer was gone.  Then, only a few days later, he was told it was back - aggressively!  A short few days later he passed away.  We will dearly miss our friend John, who supported myself and my family after my diagnosis and who was an inspiration for others who were or are battling cancer.  Our hearts go out to his family.

Well… now we are in the waiting game… Radiation might be used to slow the progression of my fathers cancer, but we are waiting to hear from the treatment center… hopefully, now that all the tests are done - a biopsy was done this morning - we will hear about his next appointment with another oncologist who specializes in lung cancer. Although we know a cure is out of the question at this point we would like to get on with whatever they can do for him. 

I was tired before… now I’m exhausted....  rest, that’s what I need… now that most of the running around is done, maybe we can ALL get some… not likely, but we’ll try.

Until next time....

Posted by John on 08/21 at 02:29 PM
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