Saturday, September 17, 2011
Here it is creeping up to my birthday again and it has been almost 2 years since I blogged here.
I still wear my pedometer every day!
About a year after my last blog my wife started having pain in here arm and neck. It progressed to the point that she was not able to go up and down the stairs to go to bed and was sleeping downstairs on the couch.
Doctors couldn't locate a reason until Barnes hospital noticed that it looked like the lower portion of her left lung had collapsed. After two weeks of biopsies and scans they told us she had small cell lung cancer and her inability to walk was from Paraneoplastic Syndrome. That was the end of April.
After 2 rounds of chemo the tumor had shrunk nicely. Then two more rounds of chemo. There was however no improvement of the paraneoplastic symptoms. We both noticed she was getting worse.
There were more tests earlier this week and the tumor was growing again. This happened so soon after chemo that the doctor said that there was no reason to believe that more chemo would help, and that chemo treatment would only make her more miserable.
On Monday we will be signing up for hospice care. We are not unfamiliar with hospice as my wife was a hospice nurse for several years. As a matter of fact, My wife helped train the nurse that will likely be coming.
We both are Christian, and know that in order to start our eternal life we must shed this temporary body. We have run a good race together and it may soon be time for us separate for a while, but we will be together again soon... and for now, we will share, and live this life, as much as it has to offer.