Topic: Update: good news
Hello everybody, I haven't been here in a while, and I just wanted to let you guys/gals know about my father in law's situation.
He was diagnosed in February 14th, 2009 (Valentines days will never be the same). He was told that the cancer is not resectable and the doc's at UPenn had to do a combination of 5FU and concentrated radiation.
The treatment beat him up really bad. His weight dropped from 190 to 135 within the first 6 weeks. Also with the local hospitals (not UPenn) treating him like absolute crap, resulting in unnecessary emergency room visits and infections. I am going to withhold the names of the hospitals because I do not know if it speaks for the whole hospital.
1. the last scan showed no signs of tumor. They believe all of the abnormal signs are only scar tissues from the chemo/radiation combination
2. he is back to work. He is a workaholic, so it makes him very happy. I just wish that his work (he works in a power plant) wouldn't be so demanding to him.
3. He still has pain, it is very bad in the morning especially. He can't describe the pain very well. He just says "I'm in pain and it aches". Do any of you know what this is? is it something we should look into?
4. His weight is up to 165 now! the doctors said that if you have an active cancer, there is noway you can gain that much
5. (side track) I grew very close to his side kick, pete
Coming from that day he received a call from UPenn with the term "5% survival rate and tumor size of a golf ball". This has been a miracle. I am truly grateful to god and the members of this forum that helped us prepare for the fight.
As for me, I have quit my job in Japan last august, and came back to help him fight. Though money is tight and everybody knows the unemployment rate is terrible, I haven't regretted a thing. I just thank god every day that he is still with us and making steady recovery.
P.S. if anybody knows of an IT position opening, please let me know!