Bone Scanxiety

Dan hadn't caught up mentally and I saw he was disappointed. Why an x-ray? It's just his leg falling asleep when he is in bed at night - probably because of a pinched nerve in his back. However, I understood what Dr. Piers wasn't directly saying--check the spine for cancer. I made the decision in … Continue reading Bone Scanxiety

Medical Update – Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

We spent a Saturday evening in Chicago celebrating the 40th birthday of our bestie, Corey. (Shout out to Corey! He is the reason we ended up dating and getting married.) Dan had just enough energy to live it up and enjoy being with friends. So this guy likes to keep me on my toes. Wednesday … Continue reading Medical Update – Shoulder Surgery & Radiation Results

Talking to Raine About Daddy’s Radiation

It was a quiet Monday night. We finished dinner and Raine was anxious to watch the tv show The Voice, his latest obsession (he is rooting for Noah). Rather than head for the living room, I asked him to stay at the table for a talk. I was flying by the seat of my pants in … Continue reading Talking to Raine About Daddy’s Radiation

Medical Update Update – Some Zapping

Classic doctor office wait. I suppose I could have waited one day for the update, but for once I wasn't on top of my game and didn't even realize there was an appointment this morning at the gamma knife center. I thought Dan was only getting an MRI, but he was actually discussing the results … Continue reading Medical Update Update – Some Zapping

Medical Update: More MRIs and Stopping Chemo

"And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear." - Paulo Coelho Based on MRI results in August, we spoke with our new radiation oncologist, Dr. Mackenzie McGee with OSF, as well as the opinion of Dr. James L. McGee, … Continue reading Medical Update: More MRIs and Stopping Chemo

After MRI Results

Dan is super chill. There just isn't much that can ruffle him. He gets scanxiety (scan anxiety) just like the best of us, but he never really worries or freaks out. The only way I know how to describe him to people is that he is "zen." There's not much that can ruffle his feathers. … Continue reading After MRI Results

Podcast: “Fighting Cancer” from TED Radio Hour

  At certain moments in time, I do like reading books, listening to podcasts, or watching documentaries related to the science of cancer. It is helpful for me in mitigating the anger and depression while knowing loved ones who died, are actively dying, or living precariously with the disease, like Dan. For someone who completely hated the … Continue reading Podcast: “Fighting Cancer” from TED Radio Hour

A First Medical Update in Illinois

  I haven't written a medical update in a long time. I know I shared the details in My Mega Post, but I haven't kept everyone informed after that. To be honest, after his seizure in February and the "your husband's heart might collapse" scare in the beginning of April, I was running on empty and not … Continue reading A First Medical Update in Illinois

My Mega Blog Post

We have enjoyed a beautiful start to Spring here in Carlton, Oregon. Raine enjoyed celebrating Easter with egg hunts, gifts, treats, and time with friends. Dan's exam and maintenance chemo treatment on the Friday that followed Easter was without concern or change. For Christians, Easter is a celebration of Hope. I remember learning about Easter's … Continue reading My Mega Blog Post

World Lung Cancer Day 2015

Yesterday was World Lung Cancer day. We spent it letting Raine play at a park. He ran and jumped and squealed and shouted. There was a sand pit with a "mountain" that he fought hard to climb up to the top of...over and over again. Sometimes older children held his hand and ran with him … Continue reading World Lung Cancer Day 2015