Chase Heaton's Journal
Written Jan 29, 2014 10:24pm
Now that I am feeling more comfortable, I thought I should attempt to get this update out to all of you. On Thursday last week, we met with Chase's doctor to review the PET scan. In addition, it was also Chase's chemo day. When we spoke with Dr. Kaya, we discussed the spots on Chase's lungs that lit up on the PET scan. Dr. Kaya also mentioned that Chase's tonsil area lit up. This wasn't mentioned previously. So now we have two areas to consider. Dr. Kaya feels fairly certain that we shouldn't be concerned and we discussed the watching and waiting strategy. Dr. Kaya mentioned that it is not uncommon to see the tonsils light up on the PET scans but he will at times send patients to have the throat scoped just to be certain. As you all must know by now, in Chase's case, he seems to always be in that percentage that "unusual" happens to. We decided it may be best to just have Chase's throat looked at. I knew we (ok, mostly me and Regan) would be worried about that spot until the next PET scan and I couldn't go another 3 months questioning if we should have taken a closer look. Yesterday, Chase saw Dr. Mitchell (one of the ENT's I work for). He is one of our head and neck cancer physicians and the one that did all of Chase's neck biopsies so I feel very comfortable with his opinion. Chase wasn't really excited about the scope procedure but it was quick and simple. So long story short, Dr. Mitchell assured us we didn't need to be concerned with his throat/tonsils, everything looked nice and boring. Whew! As far as the lungs, we will likely do a CAT scan in 6 wks and see if there have been any changes. At this point and I am feeling as comfortable as possible that it was the cold he had previously that is showing up.
We are now in what should be the final three months of Chase's one year of chemo treatments. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers! We never stop appreciating all the kind words and inquiries on Chase. It is amazing to know how many people are praying for and thinking of him.
Written Jan 21, 2014 11:14pmTime for another PET scan! So also time for another update. It's been 3 months since last scan. Chase has continued with his chemo treatments every 3 weeks. He has been tolerating it really well and we are thrilled that he feels so good AND his cancer is still in remission. Today's scan indicated no signs of lymphoma!!! This is what we needed to hear and very positive as we move towards the end of this current treatment. The plan has been for him to complete one year of this chemo regime which would put us into April and another PET scan. We are not scheduled to see his doctor until Thursday this week so we just received results over the phone. Dr. Kaya did mention a couple of spots on Chase's lungs. At this point it is unclear what those may be. Chase had been sick so it could be residual effects of that. When we meet with him Thurs, we may have a better handle on it. As of now, we have been told we will do the watch and wait. Likely at CT scan in 4-6 weeks to see if any changes.
I posted a few new pictures of Chase. As you may notice he is keeping very busy and not letting any of his treatment slow him down. He is still working at Dick's Sporting Goods. He has really been trying to take care of himself and focus on being healthy. He has been going to the gym regularly and I have noticed it seems to help his spirits and energy level. He has been out ice fishing, hiking and his new sport is duck hunting. He went for the first time a few days ago and really enjoyed himself. It was weird this Christmas buying him hunting gifts instead of fishing stuff! Personally, I prefer the fishing!! So with his busy schedule we rarely seem to see each other but I love seeing him enjoying life!!
I will attempt to update again after appointment this week. Thanks again to everyone for your love and support. It always helps us get through it.
Staying the course.....
Written Dec 1, 2013 4:10pmI just saw the date of my last post and I can't believe its been a month already. Where has the time gone? That is an age thing right?! :-)
Chase was discharged from the hospital 4 weeks ago and has been doing really well. We were very relieved that the last medication worked to take care of the C-diff infection. We did have to postpone his chemo treatment for two weeks until he finished the meds and they could do a culture to be sure all was good. It is never a good thing when you have to postpone chemo treatments but in this case, we were completely on board to wait and get this cleared up. Chase was able to get his regular chemo on Nov 21st and will continue every three weeks until around April (of course, that can always change!)
Chase has been feeling well since then. He is working his part time job at Dicks Sporting Goods and has even mentioned possibly trying to take some classes at the community college Winter quarter. We are not sure how well that will go. He still deals with the effects of "chemo brain" after two years of continued cancer treatments we just are not sure if he will have the concentration to get thru classes. Chase worries the longer he is out, the more difficult it may be getting back into the school mode. So we will begin to look into the options for that. If he could be out fishing everyday when he wasn't working, I think he would be happy to put school off a bit longer but these cold winter days are rough on a fisherman!! :-)
We had a very nice family Thanksgiving and we know we have so much to be thankful for. I want to thank all of the amazing people in our lives who have been by our side through out the past two years. I don't know how long this journey will last until we can finally say Chase is cured but I am grateful for all of the special people that have made this experience a little easier.
Thanks for your continued love and support.