Thank you for visiting this site about my dad, Ading (Ed) Roura, regarding his colon cancer. (This is Monica, by the way.) We thought this would be a good means of communication for everyone who are concerned about my dad's current condition. The goal is to keep this updated so that my mom doesn't have to repeat the happenings over and over again AND that there's some clarity in what is going on. Here is where this portion of the journey begins...
As many of you may know, my parents spend most of each year since their retirement in the Philippines as they have been answering the call of God to tend to those in need. While in the Philippines, for the past several months my dad had been slowly losing weight, but did not clue in to anything out of the ordinary. In late February 2018, there were noticeable changes in digestive function. He went to the doctor, but it was mistaken to be due to a parasite or an intestinal infection. In March/April, regular bleeding was added to the symptoms, although my parents didn't think much of it. Only by the grace of God, they ran into his doctor, Dr. Rodriguez, at lunch one weekend in April where he asked my dad how his symptoms were.Telling the doctor that there was now regular bleeding, the doctor called an emergency colonoscopy and found a large lacerated mass with near full obstruction of the colon. It was a blessing that my parents were scheduled to come back to the states the following week! Before they hopped on their plane, in the States the hoops and hurdles of paperwork and insurance approval were already rolling and a care team in Portland, Oregon were set in place for my parents' arrival.
Feel free to leave comments for my dad on this page and we will make sure he reads them. We will try to keep journal entries current with what is going on. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, Masses, rosaries, interest in what's going on, words of encouragement, acts of kindness and love. God bless each of you in all you are called to do.
Dad just had his second round of chemo last Wednesday 11/18.
After the first round, his effects weren’t really noticeable. Emma was here for his first round so she stayed during the 4-5 hour infusion. Due to COVID he has to sit there by himself, but they make an exception for the patient’s first time. It’s easy these days with his treasured iPad to get through stuff like this. His iPad got him through the colon surgery and recovery 2.5 year ago too. He’s definitely gotten good mileage out of it! He’s a proud supporter of YouTube and all of its “how to” videos.
Mom and Dad have a nice private set up in our daylight basement. It’s sort of like an apartment — bedroom, bathroom, living area, and a sliding door to the backyard After his first round, Dad pretty much was hooked on YouTube for 3 days straight. On the 4th day, he came upstairs saying he was tired of it. LOL
I’m sure it was a coping mechanism, but I think he’s had his lesson in moderation — maybe....
Since Emma was here for the time and she’s had her own bout with fighting cancer, she stayed on top of him with his meds and stuff. She hounds him to drink his water all day — he complains because he has to pee all the time. It was nice having her here to chase him down.
Mom copes with feeding him and cleaning up Dad’s area, organizing and such. She is constantly trying new ways to keep him physically organized and focused on God — add an altar, getting containers for his meds and vitamins, moving chairs and stools around for Dad to place things on, etc. Mom wakes up early and then anticipates Dad waking in order to bring him something to eat and some hot water.
If you know my Dad, you know he loves to grow things. He basically takes any seeds or sproutable food he finds from what we eat and then tries to grow it. My window sills we’re getting a little overwhelmed from Dad’s sproutlings (sometimes with green or blue water for experimental purposes). So Emma though it would be good to get Dad a small greenhouse to put on our basement patio so Dad could easily access them and have a huge space to grow his plants. Dad was excited when it arrived and put it together!
Emma left a week after his first treatment. We decided to record her “loving voice” on Dad’s iPad as a ringtone saying, “Drink your water! Drink your water!” It’s an alarm for every hour — Dad says it’s torture! I told him, well then you better listen to Emma!
Rey surprised Dad a couple days after Emma left and is Mom and Dad’s new roommate until the end of the month. Rey was here for Dad’s second round, but wasn’t able to accompany Dad in the room. Dad just does fine making friends with the nurses.
The effects of the chemo are slowly unveiling themselves. Dad’s getting sores/blisters around his “kisser” (says Dad). His loss of appetite is apparent. He definitely can only eat small portions — and even with that, he is forcing himself. He says he can only have soft things because his gums really hurt. So clam chowder, eggs, etc. are more desirable foods to eat for him. He’s also starting to get the nerve sensitivity with cold. We got him hand warmers and therapy gloves when that gets worse. The effects will compound over each subsequent treatment, so we will see how this will worsen over time.
Thank you for your support and prayers during this time. So grateful for family and friends in our lives. Feel free to write a note to Dad below if you would like. He enjoys greetings from everyone.