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Tommy's Scan Results

Monday, January 21, 2013

We just got home from seeing Tommy's oncologist. The news was not as bad as it could have been, but still not good. The nodules in his lungs have gotten larger since his last scan and there are some new ones also. For this reason, he is starting back on chemo next Monday. He's going back on the Folfirinox treatments that he was on before so he'll be receiving treatments every other week.

Additionally, there is something going on with his liver, but not sure exactly what. She said there is some dilation of the biliary ducts, but his liver function tests were normal so the liver still appears to be draining okay. While dilated ducts can be indicative of a tumor blocking the duct, they can't see anything on the scan, only the enlarged duct. She said that if he starts having any pain, itching or appears to be getting jaundice we need to call her immediately. They are also going to follow up with regular liver function tests.

For now, we are continuing to enjoy every day and will begin planning a trip to the southwest in the spring. Tommy says the doctors will just have to work his treatments around vacation because he's going. I love his attitude!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Thank you for all your prayers!

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    I will be praying for Tommy...I know how this feels to have a husband that you love so much and you have to watch him suffer with an illness...plus you don't want to break down because you love him so much and don't want to make him feel like he is a burden because he isn't but it is SO hard....I will keep praying for you both....keep the positive thoughts flowing....keep the prayers going!! God bless you both!!
    1911 days ago
    1916 days ago
    Wrapping you and Tommy in love, as always. emoticon
    1918 days ago
    Glad the news wasn't as bad as it could have been but sorry Tommy has to go back on chemo. At least if he has to do it this is the time of year when it's too cold outside to want to do anything. Prayers & hugs for both of you. You have a great support group here on Spark & it seems like you have a good medical team working with you, too. Keep us posted. emoticon emoticon
    1919 days ago
    So glad to hear that the chemo vacation didn't result in a worse report. Time spent getting away and with family was probably much better medicine than folfirinox! (As planning a trip to the SW will probably be, too!)
    You are in my prayers - both in my praises and petitions. God bless you both as you continue on this journey.

    Psalms 23:4

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    Comment edited on: 1/23/2013 3:34:58 PM
    You and Tommy are a great inspiration. I am praying for you and sending hugs.
    1920 days ago
    It's been such a roller coaster for you both, but you guys sure have a positive attitude. I'm so glad there is a vacation in store, and your favorite area. What city will you vacationing? Sure hope there will be spring flowers for you to enjoy. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Henley sends you kisses!!
    1920 days ago
    Feel that God is watching over Tommy and you and your lives are a picture of faith. Can't tell you how much I admire you both. Love in Christ and prayers are going out for you each day! emoticon emoticon
    1920 days ago
    I'm sorry about the news not being good but glad it wasn't the worst it could have been - I love Tommy's attitude and yours, too - hope you have the most fabulous vacation anyone has ever had!
    1921 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear that the news is good. I will continue to pray for you both. My father-in-law is still going down hill as I type this. We are very thankful for the time we have had with him and so glad he got to do his garden last summer. I will keep you posted and please do the same. I hate cancer it has hit my family hard. It takes living life to the fullest and it seems like you and Tommy have what it takes. Keep it positive and enjoy life!
    1921 days ago
    Hugs and Prayers!! We know the doctor's are not the final word on the number of days any of us have and with the can-do attitude you both have I'm sure that Springtime trip will be wonderful!!!!

    1921 days ago
    Thinking of you and keeping your husband in my prayers.
    1921 days ago
    Always in my thoughts and prayers emoticon
    1921 days ago
    A cautious Hooray.......to you both!

    The best medicine is to live your lives fully - as you always do. Be vigilant in your treatments ---- but, echoing Dodie....Can't wait to see your photos of the southwest! One of my favorite trips was to Sedona, AZ some years back, and to New Mexico..

    Again - in my thoughts and in my prayers!

    Big hugs,
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    1921 days ago
    Keep your chin up girl, you both are in my thoughts and prayers. My brother wife is also having problems. She is has breast cancer and she is anemic. S0 she constantly needs to be getting transfusions. Keep her in your prayers
    1921 days ago
    I'm so glad it wasn't as bad as expected!

    You both have great attitudes dealing with this all along!

    1921 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    You both have magnificent attitudes:)

    Very glad to hear the news wasn't as bad as feared. That is fantastic. It also sounds like you have a good medical team onside, which is crucial.

    There is nothing like planning for a holiday to keep your spirits up. Not to mention, it will lift MY spirits up to look forward to your photos:)

    Take care
    1921 days ago
    Cindy, will continue to keep you both in my prayers! Look forward to pictures of your upcoming vacation! Love Tommy's attitude!!!
    1921 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    Continuing to hold you both in my thoughts and prayers xx
    1921 days ago
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