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6/2/2017 Latest post:
A dry persistent, non productive cough beginning sometime last fall. That's where it all began. By March no cough medicine, cough drops, or ice chips made it go away for more than a brief period. Thus at her annual physical Barb reported it to her doctor. Two rounds of an inhaler, a round of antibiotics, and steroids were also unsuccessful. Further investigation with a CAT scan began to find answers as it found a 5.2 centimeter size mass. Dr. Koewler made a referral to Dr. Johnson, a pulmonologist, and his team who performed biopsies and confirmed the malignancies with lymph node involvement. In turn Dr. Johnson handed Barb over to Dr. Titzer, an oncologist, for treatment. Today we find ourselves in the "waiting place"- waiting for insurance approval, waiting to begin this adventure and see where it takes us. The cancer is potentially a stage 3b. It is a non-small cell adenocarcinoma that is being treated with chemotherapy and radiation consecutively. Every 3 weeks Barb will begin a new round of chemotherapy for 4-6 sessions. At the conclusion radiation will be added. So come on in and join with us. Our"waiting place" is filled with hope and love and grace as we all discover a little more about who we are and Whose we are.