Tommy Howard

First post: Jul 5, 2022 Latest post: Jul 29, 2022
As most of you know, we decided together in late March to sell everything we own and move into a 55 & older active adults community. Things were going great-sold the house and the move went smoothly. Enjoying the newfound “lock and leave” lifestyle, we started our summer off with a trip to Chicago. While we were there, it became increasing apparent that Tommy was experiencing shortness of breath. We decided that his summer cold had settled in his chest and that he would see a Dr when we got home. Saturday June 18 we headed off to Care Now expecting a zpack with a side of prednisone………whoops……chest X-ray showed clear. Dr sends us to the ER because Tommy had mentioned his rapid weight loss and lack of appetite. (And here I thought he was just showing off)
After a sonogram shows signs of inflammation in and around the gall bladder/pancreas area they admitted Tommy into the hospital for further tests and observation. MRI was performed on Father’s Day with a brief scare of pancreatic talk. Gall bladder/ pancreas showed clear. (Yay, a small victory)
Dr scheduled an endoscope procedure on Monday morning and spoke about biopsies and potential lymphoma. Now for the really hard part. Biopsies came back showing a stage 4 tumor at the gastro-esophageal juncture with 80% of his liver covered in cancerous lesions. How can this be? I mean, it was just supposed to be walking pneumonia, wasn’t it?
They released Tommy that day, Monday the 20th with an appointment to see the oncologist Friday the 24th and all we had was time to fret and google what the heck all of this meant. We tried to remain calm. Tried to do normal things ……
Friday came and we met with the first of 2 oncologist . He explained that the type of cancer Tommy has is one that is very responsive to treatment. Explained how treatment would look and what to expect. The following Monday we traveled to Dallas to see another oncologist at UTSW. We decided that he would use this group of doctors for treatment.
Here I sit at Southwestern Medical as Tommy is in surgery having his chemotherapy port installed and a feeding tube-he will still be able to eat and drink “normally “but not rely on eating for his nutrition.
That’s all I got so far -we are learning a lot. We thank you all for your love, support and prayers ❤️

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