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11/5/2016 Latest post:
Where do I begin? In mid October I began having some unusual problems with my speech. I saw a Dr. on October17th and an MRI was ordered as a precaution. At that point the doctor was leaning towards an anxiety disorder. The MRI took place on Monday the 24th and by that afternoon the Dr. called to tell me I had two tumors in my brain that probably originated somewhere else. A CAT scan on Wednesday confirmed I had lung cancer and two metastasized tumors in my brain. A biopsy was done that same day and I spent the night in the hospital due to a slight complication. I was released the next morning and had a consultation with a radiological oncologist. I'm scheduled to have a PET scan on Monday. Tuesday I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon to discuss treatment plans for my brain tumors. I am experiencing bothersome symptoms due to those tumors and the Dr.'s have determined we should treat those first. I am still waiting for the results of the lung biopsy which will determine what treatment(s) are used to deal with my lung cancer.
It's hard to believe I am this sick as by and large I feel good. As you can well imagine, sleep has been hard to come by for both of us. It's hard for me to talk, type, or text. I am thankful I am not experiencing any headaches or seizures.
When we left church this morning I was so thankful for my church family and their love and support. Keeping a positive attitude and an attitude of gratitude is important to me. God has richly blessed me in countless ways and I will to continue to be thankful for that.
This next week will give us a better understanding of the road that lies ahead. I know my Lord, my family, and my friends will continue to walk with me.