Mark Stanfield | CaringBridge

Mark Stanfield

First post: Feb 5, 2018 Latest post: Oct 7, 2018

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My name is Mark Andrew Stanfield.  I'm lucky to have found a wife that I love with all my heart, Leslie Kaufmann Stanfield, and together we have two beautiful daughters, Claire Lilita Stanfield (2yo), and Quinn Marcela Stanfield (4 Months).

Since October 2017 I've had an occasional cough.  In December and January the cough became daily with a little bit of shortness of breath.   The last two weeks in January it became annoying where I finally decided I better get it checked out.   On January 26th I had an X-Ray of my lungs.  It came back with a Sasquatch or a tree in it.  Let me explain.  Our friend and oncologist Eric Bernstein said looking at an X-Ray is like looking at something through the fog...."I think that's a tree, but that may be Sasquatch, and when your camping alone...that's Sasquatch."

The Following Monday, January 29th I had a CT of my lungs and it came back abnormal.   Leslie and I had a visit with Eric that day and the abnormal CT could be anything from Cancer to TB.  A plan to diagnose this was put into high gear, with a Biopsy planned for that Thursday, and a PET Scan and MRI on Friday.   The Biopsy performed by Dr. Steve Olsen and his team was very smooth.  I have a new battle wound at the base of my neck on the left side.  The MRI was "Trippy" with it's electronic dance music like rhythms.  

On Monday Evening, 02/05/2018, we met with Dr. Bernstein to learn the results of the Biopsy.  It shows that I have Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC Adenocarcinoma).  Now we are waiting to see if it has a target mutation like  EGFR/PD1 Expression which we have targeted treatments.  Leslie and I were sad over this news and very numb.  After we got Claire to bed, we sat on the couch and cried and just stared at each other.

On Friday, 02/09/2018, we learned that my cancer is ALK Positive (Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase), which means I will be able to take an oral chemotherapy called Alectinib.  This is a good thing. 

In the meantime I'm trying to be calm, cool, collected and enjoy my three lovely ladies.  It's like waves of being brave and waves of sadness.  As one can imagine I want to see my girls grow up.  I want to be with my wife.  I want to continue flying airplanes and gliders and hiking in the great northwest.  Life is so precious. 

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