Friday, February 18, 2011

Hello - Are you Okay?

I have noticed that the blog writings of individuals with mental illness have slowed down. I am hoping it is just because the weather sucks and you're all cuddled up in a blanket watching t.v. or reading a book. That's what I do when the weather gets me down.

I know a one of you went on vacation ~ lucky...

I do know that two individuals are going through rough times. I continue to read and send well wishes and prayers.

The rest of you just say hi so I know you're still around.

Kenny is doing well today. He wrote an amazing poem. It is so him.

Jeff, my hubby and Kenny's dad, is doing well. He is moving slow, but he is moving. He will start blood tests in two months to see if there is any sign of more cancer. This has definitely been a life changing experience for us. Both Jeff and I would like to be in better health. We want to be around to see our children get married and have children of their own. I need to be around for both Kenny and our daughter Lily, who has Down syndrome. We need to get things in order; will, special needs trust, living will. All these things should be and will be done.

Life is unknowing. I am ready and wanting to be prepared for whatever comes my way.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Bones About It!

This is a picture of one of Jeff's 12 biopsies filled with cancer.

Okay this is what we know...

It's not in his bones!!!!!!!!!!

But somewhere along the line his doctor missed diagnosing this and it is very advanced. He is right in between curable and incurable (he was told he would see Lily graduate from high school.)

He will have his prostrate taken out Feb 10th. While in the OR the doctor will send biopsies of the surrounding lymph nodes to the lab (along with the prostrate itself) if the labs see any cancer they will tell the doctor where it is at and he will shave off a little more. Then he will get his blood drawn in 2 months and they will watch the PSA if it gets above a certain point they will treat the little cluster of cells with radiation. The cancer is to far gone to treat with radiation now. Getting it now would cause more harm to the surrounding organs (bladder, rectum, "his unit") because the area is so large.

This doctor is the leading dr in Utah for this type of surgery and one of the top two in urology , so we are comfortable with him.

He will be in the hospital for 2 - 3 days and have his own self dispensing drug dripper :-) He will need to be off work for 10 days to two weeks (ha - I'll try to keep him home for 5!)

After the 2 months he will need to be checked every 6 months and we pray that his PSA hasn't increased!

We are going to have a special fast for both Jeff and Julie (this is my sister that was diagnosed with Hodgkin's during the holidays) this coming Sunday, February 6th. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers during that time or any day of the week!

Go here to read Kenny's poem about his Dad. Just remember some of his poems are very graphic, so if you read other poems you might get an eye full! Kenny is hanging in there. He has had his days like all of us but he is holding his own for now. Lily is the one who is crying daily about her Daddy.

You can go here to read Lily's blog about her Daddy.

Thanks for your love, support, and prayers.