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Posted 2014-01-31T12:48:57Z

Meal Train

Everyone has been offering to help.  We are so grateful for the support.  Many of you will have an opportunity to assist with rides and child care.  A friend has offered to set up a meal planning site for us as well.  The link to the left for "Meal Train" will allow anyone interested to sign up to bring a meal. Twice a week should be a great start, and a lovely neighbor has committed to bringing us fresh fruit on Fridays as well.  If we find we need more, we will update the schedule.  [...]

Posted 2014-01-30T18:29:28Z

Jan 30

I had the Power Port inserted surgically at the hospital today.  I was there at 6:45 am (thanks to G&E Delivery Service - aka Dad) and Levi was able to sit with me in recovery and get me home before noon.  It was a pretty straight forward procedure, but I was sedated and am still feeling like I had an operation today.  I put a link under the helpful information block to the left if you are interested to know more about Power Port.  It is basically a tool that will eliminate the need for an IV to administer drugs and will allow me to leave the hospital on treatment weeks with a pump administering medication through it.[...]

Posted 2014-01-27T14:51:16Z

I'm Radioactive....

Prepping for the PET Scan this morning I spied this next to the table. I just had to snap a pic of the box. They injected Jess with it and now she has to lay calmly in the dark for 90 mins. I'm sure you all know how easy that should come for her... The material reacts a special way with cell activity so they should be able to spot anything unusual. [...]

Posted 2014-01-26T14:39:53Z

Jan 26

In preparation for the PETScan which will show cell activity (cancer cells are very busy) I have to lay low today.  The less my muscles do today the more clear my images will be tomorrow.  When I go in for the scan I will have to lay quietly in a dark room for an hour and then they'll run me through the machine.[...]

Posted 2014-01-23T21:54:30Z

Jan 23

The good news today is that I went to my follow up with Dr. Harrington who performed my biopsy.  She took a peek and said that my incision is healing up nicely.  I am approved to get back to the pool at the health club with Campbell!  [...]

Posted 2014-01-22T23:57:23Z

Jan 22 - Diagnosis

It is official, we have a diagnosis - Mediastinal large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The great news is that this isn't just treatable, but it is the type of cancer that you CURE and move on from.  My bone marrow biopsy is Friday morning.  My PETScan is Monday morning.  These will be the last bits of info we need to move forward.[...]

Posted 2014-01-21T18:15:13Z

Second week

We made it through the weekend.  Today was the first meeting with my oncologist.  We don't have any data from pathology yet, so we don't have a diagnosis.  The hope is that we will hear more today or tomorrow.  We discussed things at a high level based on the assumption that what I have is Lymphoma.  This is treatable. When we have more news about my diagnosis and a schedule for treatment we will share it.[...]