Topic: Husband Diagnosed in Early March with this...
Hi there.... My name is Dorien (Door * E * N). My husband was diagnosed with this cancer (stage IV) in early March. (spread to lungs--possible lymph nodes--but PET scan was not 100% clear on lymph node spread) He has never been sick a day in life--quite literally--and went from thinking he had bronchitis or some crazy flu (he had a cough, fever, night sweats and weight loss for most of Feb.) to stage IV cancer in a few days time. After A LOT of freaking out by me (because he never gets sick) ...we went from a physical to a CT scan to a liver biopsy in the space of 48 hours.
He has lots of tumors in his liver and he is not a candidate for surgery or anything really other than chemo (Gem/Cisplat.) combo to help improve quality of life/prolong his life.
We have 4 kids ages 9 to 19 and this has been quite the blow.
We are now 3 rounds into chemo w/o (really) any other side effects other than fatigue and my husband feels better than he has in a few months.
Mostly looking for a little support.... and to hear others stories.
We've had two opinions (we live in SLC with the Huntsman Cancer Institute) and BOTH Dr's there and at IMC have been really great.
They say they've both seen "better odds" in healthy younger people--but insist that Kyle will make his "own numbers".
I've started a blog I will post in the blog section if anyone wants to follow along.
That's it for now. We keep plugging along. Some days are very hard and some days are actually good.
I also have to say that he is still working and living a pretty normal life and will choose that until he can't. He's a fighter and sees no reason to sit around "waiting to die" when he can live life for as long as he can!