Friday, December 23, 2011
Just wanted to give a quick update on my dad.
We found out yesterday that he has 3 large masses in his body.
2 of the masses are in his upper left chest area. One of them is 7cm in diameter. The other is smaller but is in his lung.
The 3rd mass on his spinal cord between his shoulder blades.
There are also multiple little masses all down his spinal column.
They are going to do 2 things today.
First, they are going to do a biopsy of one of the masses. They have not said officially what these masses are, but they are fairly sure it is probably lung cancer. (Surprise, surprise, you don't have to smoke to get lung cancer...)
Second, they are going to start radiation on the mass on his spine. They don't want that mass pressing on his spinal cord. If it started to put pressure on the spinal cord, it could cause paralysis. We don't want that.
If this does turn out to be lung cancer, they are saying it is most definitely stage 4. (The very worst kind.) There is no cure for this type of cancer, but it can be treated to hopefully prolong his life.
Their very first goal is to get his pain under control. He is still in a lot of pain. He can't move and can do nothing but lay flat on his back. He's pretty miserable.
Thank you all so much for your prayers. I have been reading dad all of the comments here and on facebook. He is shocked at all the love and support that is surrounding him.
We are all hanging in there. Family is surrounding him. We are all shocked and devestated at the diagnosis, but I know we will remain strong for each other.
Please continue to pray.