Topic: My Husband My Hero
Hello from the Space Coast of Florida,
My husband who is my hero..... My husband, age 47 was over weight, diabetic and had high blood pressure. While participating in a corporate 5K a little over two years ago with his co-workers he wobbled over the finish line an hour later. Determined to participate the next year, but in shape he began his journey to change his lifestyle. And did her ever!
With hard work, eating healthy, exercising and running he had lost over 120 pounds. All signs of his diabetes, high blood pressure were gone. He was taken off all medications by his doctors.
Participating in 5K races, workouts were now part of his life. He trained and successfully completed a Tough Mudder Race which is one the most challenging fitness competitions out there.
Wanting to share his love for fitness he became a Certified Personal Trainer. Looking good, feeling good nothing was going to stop him.
Until......five weeks ago, suffering from some chest pain and mild stomach pain I insisted I take him to our local ER. One hour later, the doctor comes in and said they had determined his heart was fine but they located a 10 cm mass on his liver. Our lives changed that very moment! Our nightmare began.
Admitted to the hospital, a biopsy was performed. When that doctor with the white coat came in the room and I saw the word Oncologist embroided on his coat.... my heart sank.
Then that word, Cholangiocarcinoma......became part of our lives.
We were referred to the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for a consult. Once there he was admitted because he was going into liver failure as his bilirubin was at 30. After four blood transfusions, an external biliary drain was placed in him allowing drainage. Doctors determine that resection, liver transplant, and internal stent are not options at this time.
He has begun Chemotherapy in hopes that the tumor shrinks enough that they can get an internal stent in place. If that is done, he will have more options for treatment.
I have noticed additional symptoms arising almost daily in this past five weeks. He's declining in front of my eyes.
Boy.... this damn Cancer is horrible. It has changed our lives in so many ways.... I cannot believe this man can run a 5K on a Sunday and be so ill with this cancer by Wednesday with really no symptoms before that day. Our community has rallied around us. Benefits are being planned, A 5K is in the works, and the local Newspaper is going to do an article on him. I want people to be made aware of this terrible cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma!