Wednesday, December 28, 2011
My mom called me about 8am this morning.
The Oncologist came around this morning and had a diagnosis.
My dad has Stage 4 Lung Cancer.
It isn't good news, but it's what we were expecting.
Apparently, the doctor has not seen a case of lung cancer this bad when the patient isn't a smoker. Gee, thanks- that's comforting....
For right now, the plan is to finish radiation. After today's treatment, he has 7 more treatments.
Once the radiation is done, he will start chemotherapy.
There is a doctor down in Indianapolis who specializes in this type of lung cancer. My dad will be headed down to him in a few days for a second opinion and to see if there is any other sort of treatment that he could go through that wouldn't be offered here in Fort Wayne.
For right now, he has a couple goals.
1.) Go Home. In order to go home, he has to get his pain under control and be able to move around by himself. He is currently working with physical therapy to get his strength back and to work on simple tasks like walking, bending, and balance.
2.) Go back to work. Once he is able to move again, he wants to continue on with life. He wants to go back to work, attend family functions, and just go back to living normally. There is no reason he can't do these things if he can get the pain under control. Once he starts chemo, he can do the treatments as an outpatient and if he's feeling well enough, continue on with life as normal.
3.) Fight, fight, fight. My dad is only 56 years old. He wants to fight this. There is no cure. This will eventually take his life. But if his body responds well to treatment, it could give him another 1 to 5 years. He wants to live as long as he possibly can. He wants to see his grandchildren grow. He wants to experience life. He is not ready to give up just yet. He still has a lot of life left in him, and he's going to make sure he can live it!
As far as we know, the doctors have not given him a specific amount of time left. It's not good that the cancer is so far advanced. It's not good that it has spread as much as it has. He could have 6 months left or he could have years. He's got a lot of good things going for him, but the cancer is severe. We are trying to remain realistic about it, but also trying to hang on to hope. We are loving him with everything that we have and will support him and love him until the end.
Once again, thank you so much for your love and support. Thank you for your prayers. We are feeling them, and they are giving us strength to continue on. Please, continue to pray for the doctors as they are caring for him, pray for our family as we are making decisions, and pray most importantly, pray for my dad- for the pain to subside, and for his body to respond well to treatments.