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It all started in January 2016, Jim was diagnosed with mouth cancer. He had surgery the follow month, February 2016, to have the cancer removed. All was good, so we thought. The doctors did a CT scan to check his neck and chest to make sure there wasn't any other cancer. The scan revealed many heart defects that resulted in him having to have major open heart surgery on September 1, 2016. During this surgery they replaced two valves, repaired one valve and repaired the aneurysm that was on his aorta. A few days after this surgery the doctors performed another CT scan to verify his heart was in good operating condition and that the surgery was a success. Although the heart surgery was found to be successful, they found nodules on his lungs that they thought were fluid filled, which isn't uncommon after heart surgery. Unfortunately, the nodules were later determined to be cancerous.
Around Thanksgiving 2016 Jim felt a lump on the back of his neck, the doctor thought it was an inflamed lymph node and treated it with antibiotics for two weeks. The antibiotics didn't work, so he was sent to have a biopsy done on December 9th,2016, which was found to be cancerous. The doctors ordered more CT scans and a PET scan as well as a biopsy of his lung during the month of January 2017. It was January 30, 2017 that he was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. We finally got to see the Oncologist on February 17th, who ordered lab work and a CT scan of his head. The plan for treatment would be to do radiation therapy on the tumor on his neck and anything they find on the CT scan first, and then followed by chemotherapy. The CT scan revealed two lesions on his brain and the bloodwork indicated he was anemic. He was sent to the hospital on February 21, 2017 to receive two units of blood, but unfortunately that did not increase his blood count and he was admitted to the hospital and received two additional units of blood. The doctors wanted to do an endoscopy and a colonoscopy to try to locate where he was losing blood. On February 24,2017, they were getting ready to take him down to have these procedures done when his oncology radiologist came in and stopped the procedures from being done. What a blessing this was as we found out that had he been put under anesthesia this would have cause the cancer to grow. Jim's blood count finally came up enough and he was discharged from the hospital on February 25,2017. Jim met with the Oncology Radiologist on February 28, 2017 and got started with radiation therapy the same day.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, I will post updates periodically to keep you informed. Please continue to keep me and my family in your prayers.