The Big C – Cancer has entered our lives. Two weeks ago, my husband, Ralph, had a bone marrow biopsy. He has had a blood disorder for 22 years, thrombocythemia, so he has regular blood tests to evaluate the effectiveness of his medicine. So when his last blood test a month before the biopsy showed a spike in his platelet count and blasts in his blood, they adjusted his medicine and set him up for a bone marrow biopsy.
The bone marrow biopsy came back positive for myelodysplastic syndrome – a cancer of the bone marrow. We went to a different doctor the next morning, and he was set up for a port insertion, and chemotherapy to start on Monday. It seems lightning fast.
We haven’t begun to ask enough questions or even know the questions to ask.
The plan is for him to have a stem cell transplant in six months. If they can find a donor. If he can gain enough weight (He is 6’1″ and weighs 141 pounds, and it has been on the downward trend). If his cardiomyopathy is mild enough. Nevertheless, chemo starts next week.
I am going to open this blog back up. The focus has changed. We still have two kids with autism and one without. We have issues and needs that are not typical for people with normal adult children.
This is a journey we don’t want to go on, but we go with God.
the jay train said:
Sending love and positive energy your way.
My heart goes out to you and your family. Peace and grace for your journey today, hope and courage for the journey tomorrow..
Godspeed my blogging friend.
Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.
Rick Christensen said:
You and your family are in my prayers. I have a family member going through chemo and radiation now. It is a barrage of emotions.
Praying for God’s intervention and guidance.
That’s sad news, Ann. That is a difficult journey for you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.
Thinking of you all.
I cannot imagine what you are going through. We are taking it step by step. As I often tell my clients…you eat an elephant one bite at a time and that is how we are getting through this. The cancer survivors network has discussion boards for many kinds of cancer and the discussion threads have been exceptionally helpful for me. Even the ENT didn’t know about this resource. Thank you for your kind words and know that I pray for the very best outcome for your husband, family, and for you.