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

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

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

Happy Friday (Great News!)

The results are back and I bet you can guess by our celebratory selfie in the oncologist's office that they are good! The MRI of his brain showed NO infection, NO clots, NO new tumors, and all lesions are confirmed necrotic--Dead. "Tumor necrosis" is the fancy medical term for that, and I feel like I … Continue reading Happy Friday (Great News!)

Medical Update: The Left Lung + Platinum Chemotherapy

  Let me do my very best attempt to bring you up-to-date with Dan's health. After the last CT scan, we did in fact proceed with two more platinum chemotherapy infusions (pemetrexed, ruxolitinib, and cisplatin) -rounds 5 & 6. After round 5, he was bed ridden for a week. His taste buds and other fast growing cells continued to struggle … Continue reading Medical Update: The Left Lung + Platinum Chemotherapy

Our 3rd CT Scan

Today we discussed the results of Dan's 3rd CT scan with Dr. Duffy. To recap, the very first scan introduced us to NSCLC Adenocarcinoma in all its glory--to me, what looked like splotches of ink and dark blobs inside his chest. Our 2nd scan was the first scan to tell us if "IF" his initial chemotherapy … Continue reading Our 3rd CT Scan

The Friday Before Christmas

  It is hard to believe that three months ago to this day, we were receiving the shocking news about Dan's cancer. All we knew at that time was that it was considered stage 4 lung cancer because it had spread to his spine, lymph nodes, and brain. In a strange way, I don't even feel … Continue reading The Friday Before Christmas