Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

This seems almost selfish to talk about with everything going on with my dad… it seems trivial in comparison.  But, it’s something I’ve really been dealing with alone – and it’s something that will be part of my life until I die.  That can be a hard pill to swallow. A couple of months ago…

Radiation

Today was BA’s first day of radiation and the beginning of another round of oral chemo.  Luckily there is about a week before all of those side effects kick in.  Thank you all again for the visits and calls, the do not go unnoticed!

Finding Joy in Trials

First, let me say a huge THANK YOU for all of the prayers.  Dad was able to come home Sunday and has been taking it easy this week so he can recover.

Pray For BA

BA is in the ER tonight. He’s been really, really sick and something’s not right. Please pray that they can alleviate his pain. One Team One Fight. 

Lessons Learned

There has been a lot that we’ve learned on this journey, that I wish we would have known sooner.  Because of that, I wanted to share a few things that (heaven, forbid) might help someone in a similar situation. Have someone who either is a general oncology surgeon OR a surgeon whose training is specific to the…

Starting Chemotherapy

We now have a plan.  Dad met with his oncologist last week, as well as the radiation specialist and they have developed a plan of action for treatment.  Then, yesterday, Mom and Dad came up and let me tag along to their appointment at Huntsman for a second opinion.  Turns out, Dad’s oncologist in Cedar…

Grateful- A Note From Laurie

Grateful for prayers being answered and guidance to find the wound clinic in St George (Thanks to helpful people at Huntsman Cancer). Why it’s not common practice to share with patients to know about this place I don’t know. But we are so grateful that we were guided to the right place that could help…

A Rough Month

I apologize for not giving an update lately, but the truth of it is, things have been hard.  Really hard actually.  I’ll explain. When the surgeon removed my dad’s tumor, they basically just took out that infected section of the colon.  Then, in their attempt to attach the two ends of the colon, they couldn’t…

A Bump In The Road

Yesterday we received the pathology report for the lymph nodes that were removed during the surgery, along with the tumor. Unfortunately it was not good news.  There were 1 or 2 lymph nodes that were cancerous which means two things: The cancer is now in Stage III, and they will need to start chemotherapy and…

2 Days Post Surgery

Surgery was inevitable, but it also feels sort of like a doubled edged sword.  It felt good to finally be able to take action to fight this thing.  The waiting game was finally over!  But it has been so hard to see my dad in pain.  He has a “tell” when I know that he…