Some of you will have heard this by now through email, but here is where we begin.
Tim was diagnosed with lung cancer last Friday. We won’t know until a biopsy this next week what kind of cancer cells we are dealing with and therefore what treatments will be helpful. There are two masses in his right lung and, unfortunately, the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the chest area covered by the CAT scan. We don’t know if it has spread beyond. We are aware that there are some new treatments that really help with specific kinds of cancer and, of course, we are hoping very much that we may be among the lucky ones.
He also has 2 blood clots that are the likely source of the mini strokes he’s had recently. One is in the artery or blood vessel in the back of the neck and one in the lung. He is on what he calls “an industrial strength” blood thinner that he administers to himself by injection twice a day (Lovenox). The docs feel confident that this will minimize the possibility of any further strokes.
It’s hard to describe in a few words all the things we are feeling and thinking. We do know as we share this sad news that Tim is deeply loved - and that the rest of us are too. We feel your love and are so grateful for your prayers, visualizations of healing, and healing energies. Because they couldn't do the biopsy on the weekend, he is home - a very good thing! We have taken these days to be with this new reality - and with each other - quietly talking and beginning to imagine what this means for all of our lives and how we hope to journey through this experience together. We are so blessed to have each other and have already experienced such a profound sense of love and support in our sharing and in the messages that have come to us. Tim has always been grateful for his life and family and friends. So gratitude is the spirit that is emerging most of all at this time. While hopeful that treatment will be able to give him more quality time, he is very accepting and has a peaceful heart.
The hospital will call Monday to schedule the biopsy. He has to be off the blood thinners for a day or so before the procedure, so the biopsy won’t take place before Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest. Then it takes a few days for the docs to study and interpret what they find. Then we will meet with his medical team and learn of our options. We will keep you posted through this website as we learn more and things unfold. Though we may not be able to respond individually to every message, know that we will be taking them in deeply.
As a family, we are savoring the wealth of friendship and love that surrounds Tim and all of us. A thousand thank yous for your love and prayers.