Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. As many of you already know, Norman (Goat) was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in the middle of December. He went to see Dr. Geier for something totally unrelated. While we were there I had Doc listen to his lungs because he had been coughing more than normal and also looked like he was losing some weight. Dr. Geier sent him for a CT scan and here we are. Doc sent Norman to Sanford in Fargo asap to have a bronchoscopy so they could get a biopsy of the mass. From there he was sent for a MRI and a PET scan and then met with Dr. Vegunta, the oncology Dr. He was hoping that Norman could have surgery to remove the tumor, but because of the location, that is not an option. From there we met with the radiation oncologist, Dr. Foster. He agreed with Dr. Vegunta and reassured us that "surgeons like to cut and if it could be done, they would." Having worked with a surgeon, I know this to be true. Dr. Foster also reassured us that they will take real good care of him and that their goal is for a cure. Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 5th, we head back to Fargo to once again meet with Dr. Foster to go through some education on what to expect with radiation and also (I hope) to get it all mapped out so we can get started with his treatment right soon. Once we get started he will have chemo every Monday and radiation 5 days a week for 6 weeks.
Right now that is all of the information that I really have. We want to take this time to thank you all for your concern, prayers, words of encouragement, and all of the calls, texts, and visits. Keep the prayers coming, God knows we need them.