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Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and it's safe to say this one is epic. We spent our 24th wedding anniversary at the hospital where Richard had a biopsy. This week we learned that he has small cell (neuroendocrine) lung cancer. The worse news is that it has spread to other areas including his liver, adrenals, lymph nodes, and bone. While there is no curative treatment there are options to suppress growth. As Richard told the oncologist, he has a cowboy hat with a sheriff's star that proclaims his fight of the bad guys and he is determined to fight this cancer bad guy.
This morning's outing was for yet another MRI to determine if the cancer cells are in the brain. Tomorrow's results will determine whether radiation comes before chemotherapy can begin. We have a dizzying schedule laid out. Tomorrow is an education session and consultation about the MRI results. On Tuesday, Richard will return to his vascular surgeon to have a port placed. If the MRI results are negative, chemo begins on July 4th. (No irony there, right?!) If the results of the MRI show cancer cells in the brain, then there will be a series of radiation treatments. We will keep you posted.
It's hard to describe the range of emotions right now but shock is a big one. There is so much information to absorb and it feels like crossing a canyon on a narrow rope bridge. It's hard not to look down but you know you've got to put one foot in front of the other and focus on getting to the other side. I know you will all help us to do just that.