There are not words to describe the relief and gratitude felt when we received word that Frank's cancer can now be considered in remission. We'll continue to pray that this is our final cancer journey and that he remains on the path to improved health and strength. This 'detour' in our life came at such an unbelievable time. Before his diagnosis, Frank had always been in good health and was always very strong. He was 39 when he received the news of his two simultaneous lymphomas and it literally blind-sided us. Our kids were 9, 8 and our twins were six. Aside from the initial shock, we were plunged into a world filled with uncertainty, frustration and fear. We were undeniably facing a life threatening illness - one that threw our stable, secure and until that moment, serene world into chaos and turmoil. I am so grateful to the Oncology team who cared for us and all of our friends and family who helped us through. We send out our most heartfelt appreciation to all of you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers through this incredibly challenging time. We are so fortunate, at this moment, to have a future with Frank in it. Miracles do happen. This was, for us, truly a miracle.
Why were you inspired to do this?
Two years ago when I walked to raise funds for Cancer, I never would have guessed that we'd be the ones entering the Oncologist's office and on pins and needles waiting for results of tests that will determine how the next months of our lives would unfold. We need to send the nasty aggressive Lymphoma that is banging at our front door packing and on it's way. We have four little ones to see through university, three businesses between us and a life list a mile long still - far too much to do and to see.
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
The right medical team on our side racing against time and trying to outrun this thing. Thankfully, our family practitioner was on the ball and got hubby to a fantastic Oncologist within days instead of weeks.
A positive attitude and a hopeful heart - these really do make a huge difference and despite the negative news, there are things to be hopeful about and positives to focus on: Hubby is young and strong, detection was relatively early, the treatment facility is local to us (BONUS), our Oncologist has a stellar reputation and response has been speedy so far. Surgery to remove lymph nodes for biopsy tomorrow and a slew of other tests. Bone marrow sample to be removed Thursday. Chemo starting asap - probably two weeks from now.
Support - this is one of those times when the love and support of family and close friends really can alleviate some of the stresses of the situation. I am thankful for all the well-wishes, offers for help and prayers our family and friends have sent our way.
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
Well, aside from the gravity of the situation, I need to get my attitude in check. The kids don't realize how serious hubby's illness is right now and I need them to see me level headed and not a blubbering mess. At this point (and we're talking really fresh here - hubby's not even back from the first Oncology appointment) I'm experiencing cycles of hopeful optimism and overwhelming, oppressive devastation.