Welcome to Wayne's Lymphomarama! Your site for all the latest and greatest info about Wayne Franklin's battle with lymphoma – and his family's battle to stay sane.
For those who don't know what's going on, here's a quick primer from the man himself:
"I have cancer. And yes, I’m fine. I feel great, in fact. All we know at this time is that it’s Large B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. We don’t know the specific subtype or the staging. I’ll have another biopsy on Tuesday to determine the former. I expect a PET scan soon after to determine the latter.
Chances are, we’ve caught this thing really early, which is great.￼￼
I first noticed a pea-size nodule under my jaw back in May. I thought it odd, but for all I knew, it was just a normal part of my body. It started growing in June and by early July was roughly walnut-sized. I scheduled an appointment to get it checked out.
After a round of antibiotics, an ultrasound, and a CT scan, all we knew was that it was a swollen lymph node. To this point, no one thought it was cancer, but cancer remained an outside chance. I saw an ENT, who ordered a core needle biopsy. I got those results on Wednesday: the outside chance had become reality.
Hopefully, by the end of the week we’ll have a definitive diagnosis and some idea of what comes next. Lots of chemo, I would imagine. Other than the lymph node, I have no obvious symptoms. Zero.
If you are of the praying persuasion, pray that the cancer is localized (stage I or II), is “single-hit” and therefore very treatable. And pray for strength for Kelli and the kids as they put up with Bald Wayne & His Chemo Brain. (Awesome band name.)
And here’s what you can expect from me: typical Wayne stuff. Inanity. Silliness. Cancer jokes. And some occasional soul-bearing confessions.
This is just a bump in the road, that is if the road in question is between my chin and neck and slightly to the ride side.
I leave you with this, which is my prayer for myself during this time:
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13