Many of you know (but some may not) that my father, Frank Wanning, was diagnosed in early April with Stage IV lung cancer. Needless to say, it’s been quite a shock, especially at the rate at which the cancer has spread. For those of you who are just learning of this, please know that we are deeply sorry that we haven’t had a chance to reach out directly. Things have progressed much more rapidly than expected and we are barely keeping up with all the well wishes and acts of kindness from near and far. I know it’s been uplifting for my Dad, and for his family, to know that he has so many good friends. In addition, the outpouring of support from the Blue Hill community and the care that Dad received at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in particular has been extraordinary and a great comfort to us.
At the time of the diagnosis, the cancer had already spread to his spine and he had a lesion on his liver. Almost immediately, Dad went through a course of radiation at Cancer Care of Maine. That, in combination with medication, has helped mediate any pain, and he remains pain free as I write this. Unfortunately, however, Dad elected to have one round of chemo, which was unsuccessful. Since then, Dad’s health has declined steadily. After a week in the hospital, he came home June 23 and entered hospice care. He is glad to be home.
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement, and we will continue to keep you informed as best we can. Please also feel free to use this site to add any stories and photos, which we will enjoy and share with Dad and the family.