In July, Tim went in for what he thought was a torn rotator cuff. Due to issues with insurance and unreliable xrays, it was weeks before it was actually found out that he had cancer. At that point we didn't even know what kind. We also found out that his "torn rotator cuff" was actually a broken arm. Cancer had dissolved the bone in his arm until it broke. By the time we learned all this information, he had been living with this broken arm for a month....
He had surgery in August to repair and put pins in his arm. He was not able to start or be on any other treatment at this time since any radiation or chemo would stop the healing process from his surgery. It wasn't until his surgery in August that we were finally given a name to this cancer. He had multiple myeloma. We were told radiation, chemo, and a stem cell transplant were in the future, as it is standard for MM patients to recieve a transplant.
In September, he started radiation treatments both on his arm as well as a spot they found on his spine. After about 3 weeks of radiation, he began chemo treatments. He has since completed 4 rounds of chemo. In January, he had several appts at Mayo to see if his body and major organs were healthy enough for the transplant as well as check his blood levels. While they can't use the word "remission" with the nature of this type of cancer, his numbers were as good as they could possibly be. A month later, we are back at Mayo for the transplant. This will be a long stay, so we hope to keep you all updated by using this site.
We can't thank you enough for all the love and support you have shown to us! We thank God for you all!