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This past spring Judy began having pain in her lower back and also in her arm. Eventually the pain become so severe on while on a trip to Chicago with Leon on May, 9th (Judy's 60th birthday) she could barely get out of bed. They returned home and visited the doctor the next day. The doctor was concerned with the pain coming from different parts of the body and thought they symptoms could be from an autoimmune disorder like loopis. Judy was able to see an autoimmune specialist (a rheumatologist) in Omaha on May 24th. The rheumatologist said Judy did not have an autoimmune disorder and made arrangements for her to be admitted to a hospital that day to have an MRI to help determine what was causing the pain. Judy had an MRI that evening which showed spots on her spine, the largest being on her T10 vertebrae which was pushing into the spinal cord and causing the pain. A full body scan the next day showed a mass in the left lung and Judy was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer (adenow carcinoma) which metastasized to the bones. She began radiation treatment right away for the back and also the right hip. The scan also showed a large spot on her left femur as well, so she also began radiation treatment for that spot. She was in the hospital in Omaha for five days and was then able to go home and transition the radiation treatment to the hospital in Creston, which is only a 30 minute drive from their home.
Judy had to return to Omaha on June 9th (Leon and Judy's 38th anniversary) for a brain scan. The results showed scattered spots on the brain, so she began radiation on the brain. One side effect of the brain radiation is permanent hair loss, so after the last treatment on July 6th she got a new hairless do. She received close 50 radiation treatments within about six weeks on the largest spots on the bones.
Another part of the treatment plan is chemotherapy. The type of cancer is not a type that can be treated with a targeted chemotherapy so she is receiving the more traditional IV chemo. She had an IV port placed in her upper right chest to give quick and easy access for IVs. Judy had her first chemo treatment at Creston Hospital on July 11th. Depending on her blood levels she will have two more chemo treatments about 21 days apart.
Thank you for all of your support during this time. We have received amazing blessings of food, cards, visits, thoughts and prayers.