With great sadness, I need to let everyone know Margo and I just recently received the worst news anyone could possibly hear. She was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer which has traveled throughout her body, colon, lungs, bones, and lymph organs.
It was only about a week ago Margo was asked to come to her doctor’s office to review her recent physical exam from the week prior. A (CAT) CT scan was ordered only a few days after her first visit and we thought there could be a small abnormally which needed some attention - perhaps a reason for her recent backaches. I went with her. The discussion was unfortunately more complicated.
The doctor entered the room, closed the door, and said "I hate to be the bearer of such terrible news... Margo, you have cancer."
After the visit, and almost immediately, a few days ago, the doctor ordered an appointment with a local pulmonary specialist. We arrived at his office and Margo was in great pain. He informed us of the gravity of such a situation after his own examination of the original CAT scan. He was very direct in his preliminary observations, "Margo you have a large Mass in your right lung, and several Nodules in other areas. It is most likely cancerous and we need to get you some help right away, first by controlling your pain." He prescribed pain medication plus an immediate pulmonary scope exam and biopsy the same day and only about three hours from this discussion. He indicated the Bronchoscopy and biopsy would be under general anesthesia. We were sent home with the pain meds and an appointment to discuss the findings scheduled for Jan 9th. Little did we know the results would be known ahead of this date.
Things changed rapidly. Though the pain medicines worked for the first 24 hours, they did not work long term and Margo was in great pain in her back. It was now New Year’s Eve and most doctors including her primary doctor and the recent pulmonary physician were on vacation. We remembered him stating, if you need help go to the emergency room of your choice. Margo doubled her dose of medicine last Sunday morning in anticipation of the pain subsiding before Mass but it didn’t. We found ourselves in Sacred Heart Hospital ER that day for almost eleven hours.
X-rays, blood tests, and another CAT Scan were ordered while alternative pain meds were administered, but nothing helped. She was finally assigned to a room on the Oncology floor, a PCA device was attached which allowed her to push a button whenever needed.
We have been at Sacred Heart since New Year's with a very rapid schedule of tests being performed including an urgent Colonoscopy. Yesterday, the results were grim indicating there was a tumor indicating colon/rectal cancer found.
Margo was hesitant to let anyone know about her situation until everything was confirmed, but I started to let everyone know just recently. Please don’t feel left out if you are just now receiving this message. It has been difficult with the many specialists visiting the room, the exams and getting the specific information accurate before announcing her diagnosis.
As of yesterday morning, the primary Oncologist described to us the options for this type of situation - where there are multiple cancer sites within her body. Margo and I decided it would be best to choose Chemotherapy, then see how this works and decide if additional steps need to be made in the near future, such as Radiation. Surgery is the last choice because of the multiple cancer locations. It is not practical. This morning she is undergoing another surgery procedure where she is fitted with a stint/plug for her upcoming treatments. This is the latest and most accurate news as of early this morning.
Bless her heart; she is very positive with confidence she will be running two half-marathon’s next spring and continuing her other runs when she gets better. She is very strong and has incredible courage. She sends her love to every one of her family members.
Please pray for her, pray for this time as a time for everyone to come together and pull for her.
Respectfully - and with many blessings to all of you,