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Our summer was normal - busy and active with no complaints or concerns - until the morning of August 2nd when Emmett had so much pain we headed to ER. That was the first of several visits, tests, scans another ER visit and hospitalization resulting with a bone biopsy and PET scan for cancer. The pain continued and increased during this time. On Friday September 1st we met with the Oncologist to find out what kind of cancer and how extensive. He has very aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma with 2 mutations which is predominately in the red marrow bones which are the main structure of you body (hips, pelvic, spine, chest, shoulder, head, etc). All of these bones in Emmett are wall-to-wall with cancer cells. It is Stage 4. It is somewhat strange since this cancer usually starts in an organ or the lymph nodes and may move to the red marrow bones in time- Emmett's organs are all clean and there are only a couple lymph nodes that are very marginally compromised - it appears that this cancer went directly to the red marrow bones.
Without treatment he was looking at a couple weeks to a few months of life. With an aggressive chemo treatment the pain will diminish and there is a reasonable possibility of being cured. So we have joined the many, many people who have taken the journey of cancer and chemo. He started chemo at Waconia on September 5th and should have a rotation of one week of chemo then two weeks off for a total of 18 weeks.
Each day will have its challenges and its blessings. We are so grateful for our deep faith, our family and our friends who will carry us through this journey. One of Emmett's favorite sayings for many years is "It does not matter what life hands you.............what matters is how you and the Lord handle it together".