Thursday, May 31, 2007

21 May 2007, Doctor's Results

I had my doctor's appointment on Friday, and got the results from the bone marrow test and PET scan. The bone marrow came back clean, no cancer there. Thank God. The PET scan showed that the cancer is on both sides of my diapraph, which isn't too good. They (the doctors) gauge what stage a patient is at by how much there is and if it's above/below or both sides of the diaphram. A stage 1 is the best and stage 4 is the worst. I'm at stage 4, which includes both sides of the diaphram and moved to other places. In my case, it has began to move to my bones: the right shoulder blade and the top right side of my hip bone. The doctor didn't seem too concerned with it though, said that the chemo would take care of all of it. I'll have 6 months of chemo, which starts on 29 May, and hopefully that's it. No radiation or any other surgeries.

All in all, it's not too bad. It's not great, but it could be worse. I'm just thankful that it was caught now, instead of later when it would be too late. I am still in shock of the whole thing, and just wonder about it all. If I never would have went to the hospital to get checked for a blood clot, I still would not know. I guess everything happens for a reason.

So, if you all could keep me in your prayers, and thank you for everyone who has prayed so far. I appreciate it.

Today I'm going in for a lung test and tomorrow for a heart test. One of the drugs in the chemo can have a bad reaction in a small percentage of people, and they have to check and make sure my lungs and heart are healthy enough in case there is a reaction. So, more tests, yippee! O'well, small price to pay I guess.

06 May 2007, port installed

Well, things are ok with me so far. This past friday, I had a port put in. A port is basically a device that's put in right under the skin, around the collar bone, with a tube going into one of the main veins going into my heart. The doctors can administer the chemo through that. It's suppose to be easier to do it this way instead of sticking a vein each time. The area where it is installed is still pretty sore. The bones in the area feel bruised, and the stitches are still sore too. I guess that's expected after only two days.

I still don't know the results of the tests yet. I won't know those until the 18th. I'm praying that the cancer hasn't gotten into my bone marrow. If it has, I'll have to do a transplant of that. Let's pray that it hasn't gotten in there yet.

Well, starting tomorrow I'm going on vacation to Dayton, Oh. I'm really looking foward to this. A whole week off of work, I'm not going to know what to do. But I'll definitely find something to do. I'll update everyone as soon as I know the test results on the 18th.

01 May 2007, Bone Marrow Test

I had a bone marrow test today, to see if the cancer has moved to the marrow. It wasn't too painful, actually. It kinda hurt, but the doc did a good job of numbing everything up real good. I won't go in to details, cause I don't want to make anyone sick, but it sounds worse than it actually was. The doc said I have very thick, healthy bones. Which is a good thing. I won't know the results for a few weeks, but I'm hopeful that everything is alright. Now, I just have to look forward to the PET scan and the Port to be put in, and the "hard" part is over with. I really hope the chemo-therapy isn't too bad. As my brother said though " just think of it as a six month diet plan." Guess that's a good way to look at it.

But as for now, everything is alright. Just looking forward to a little vacation next week in Dayton, Ohio, then on with the tough part (chemo), which will probably wreck my summer. O'well, life goes on. Hope everyone is doing good.

Chad

28 Apr 07, initial cancer diagnosis

Yesterday, 27 April 2007, I was diagnosed with cancer. It's not terminal, but it's going to require at least 6 months worth of chemotherapy, and maybe radiation and a bone marrow transplant. The type of cancer is Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It's a cancer of the lymph node system. I'm going to survive, but it won't be a fun ride. I don't know the details of the exactly of how long I've had it, or at what stage it's at, but the doctors think they have caught fairly early. I'm not really showing any signs of advanced stages, so that's a good thing.

Well, that will be all for now. I just ask for your prayers.

Chad

My Struggle

Well, here goes. I've been keeping my friends and family up to date with emails, and posting blogs on myspace. But thought this might be more accessible to others. So, here goes. I'll post my earlier stuff from myspace, to catch everyone else up on my progress.

So, for those who do not know, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma on April 27, 2007. Kind of from left field, as I did not have any symptoms. But from my research, there's not too many symptoms for Lymphoma to begin with. So, finding out I even have it is a blessing. A blessing so that I can be cured of it. The doctor told me if I had let it go, I would most certainly die from it. Kinda scary, but also thankful for the doc thinking to look for it.

So here I am, in a place I never imagined I would be in. But, as the old saying goes: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I'm praying right now that this is the case.