Hi my name is Kendra. My boyfriend, Donny who is 30 years old, was just diagnosed with CC a week ago today. We have known he has cancer for less than a month, but it took getting the run around and finally going to Cancer Treatment Centers of America to get us the answers, and him the help he needs. Donny received his first chemo treatment last Friday. Everything has happened so quickly, and as you all know, watching his health decline so rabidly is shocking.
I have read plenty of stories, and facts and information of this horrible cancer to be terrified of what's in store. That being said, I have some good news too, that I hope will inspire you all to keep your spirits up and pray for good news in the future for yourselves and your loved ones. Donny saw an Occupational Therapist who informed him that it is extremely important to keep his strength up to succeed in beating the cancer as well as the side effects from chemo. She explained how every time he receives chemo, he will get knocked down again, and needs to exercise and keep his mental health in good standing while going through this. The day after he saw the OT, he met with a Physical Therapist (Wednesday of last week). (Donny had been in a wheel chair for a week at this point due to the pain in his liver). By the end of his hour long session, he not only had a great work out using a machine that was like a bike and an elliptical smushed together, he also left his session using a walker. We all got to come home on Saturday, and every morning since, Donny wakes up and does the exercises his PT gave him. He barely used his walker on Monday, and he didn't use his walker once yesterday! He is standing straight up, and able to lay flat on his back, which is a huge change in him. I do not believe this is purely from the medication and the chemo. I believe it is coming from his determination to get strong and beat this thing. Please remember determination is everything.
I'm still scared and afraid to get my hopes up, but I do my best to keep good energy when I'm with him, and find that I fall apart when I'm alone. I don't know if anyone else has experience such a drastic good change as I am seeing in Donny, but I'm praying that this is something good, and there isn't a huge decline coming (other than what is expected with chemo). I'm happy to have found all of you for support, understanding, questions and answers. I'm also so sorry that we are all being affected by CC one way or another. -Kendra