Life is funny…and very synchronistic
SO here I am slogging along thru 26.4 miles of trail turned mud when I happen upon Kristen Adelman from Colorado Springs…..and BAM just like that I have found another Hero in my life. Unbelievable person!!!!!!
It’s About All Of Us….
My father just recently retired from being a Chiropractor for 26 years, planning on taking his new 38 foot Bayliner to the ocean on the Americans Great Loop with my mother. It started off with my dad getting sick, he never gets sick, and he had to go to Olmsted Medical Urgent Care on February 25th, 2009 because of abdominal pain. They found some stones in his gallbladder and his intestines were twisted. After a few x-rays and CT scans he was all better to go home. Workout a couple times and then started to feel sick again. This time it was worse.
The Doctor came in and reported to us that they found that he has an enlarged aorta. A normal aorta is 2-3cm in diameter, where his is 5cm. March 19th was the 1st day of the 1st round of chemotherapy. Watching your father drop 30+ lbs and lose his hair is extreamly hard. And I feel and pray for everyone that has a loved one going through cancer.
Stay postive and keep praying!
March 27th, done with the 1st round of chemotherapy, and just waiting for his white blood count to go up. The port in his chest became infected so they had to transport him to St. Mary’s for one day. Thank God they didn’t find what they were looking for otherwise they would have had to remove his right pectoral.
March 30th, we were informed that his lower lobes in his lungs are filling up with fluid causing shallow breathing, so sleeping was difficult.
Finally SUNDAY APRIL 19th, 2009 after many bone biopsys, blood transfussions, swollen feet, losing hair/weight…. etc. … Pa got to come home from the hospital after 31 straight days at Mayo Clinic.
May 14th, now dad has been home for 26 days gaining his weight back.
Tuesday May 19th he goes back in for his 2nd round of chemotherapy. The plans are to do a few more rounds after that.
Thank you for listening. . .
GIVE BLOOD —– IT SAVES LIFES!
Cherish every moment you have with the ones you love… the good and the bad! God Bless
Justin had been complaining about his leg for a couple of months when finally he said he couldn’t take it anymore. I felt and on his thigh I felt a large lump, at first I thought a blood clot or something. I took him to the emergency room and within 2 hours they knew it was cancer.
It was probably the most traumatic experience for the 2 of us to date. He started chemo 3 days later, on his 13th Birthday. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and started extensive chemo therapy. They have since removed the tumor that was located on his left femur bone.
They took the femur bone from the hip to his knee and placed a steel rod in its place. He had complications from surgery, after he came out he developed a blood clot and then a bruised artery, this caused nerve damage so he does not feel his leg from the knee down.
His tumor came back as a bad response tumor because the chemo only killed 85% of the cancer; however, we opted not to try trial chemo and continue with what he was being administered. We are hopeful that he will recover and live cancer free.
For now, we struggle with the effects of chemo and the effects of not feeling his leg. He however is amazing, he still smiles and thinks like a 13 year old boy. He is my life, my hero and my everything – his smile brightens my day and his cries make me cry louder….Here is my hero’s picture….Thank you for what you are doing!!!
We Face Cancer, We Don’t Fear It. Eliminate Fear, Cancer Dies
I will never forget when I heard the word cancer and my name in the same sentence…… ”Lisa, you have cervical cancer and you have to have a hysterectomy, do you know what that means?” At age 23, all I heard was cancer and then all I thought was no children and …….possible death. At that point in my life when I heard cancer I thought dying…..but I decided to change that!
In the matter of about 2 weeks, I was diagnosed, and then had major surgery resulting in a 10 inch incision in my abdomen and a 10-day hospital stay. But I knew I was going to beat it! I was too young, I was too positive….and I had too much life to live still!!
So, that is what I did. I had a great support system (still do) and I decided to live and to talk about it and be positive about it……that word….CANCER!
I am now celebrating 10 years of being cancer-free this October (2009) and I am so lucky to being able to celebrate this feat!
I would NEVER change my past. I was chosen to have cancer and I would not change that. I am open to speak about my cancer and I know that talking about my life experiences has helped other women in life. And I would not have my wonderful (adopted) daughter, Bella, if I was not chosen. I am a stronger individual for what life has challenged me with.
If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it!!
Always, make it a great day!
What They’d Say To Cancer…
Will Krueger was born August 15, 2003 in Des Moines, Iowa, the first son of Nick and Peggy Krueger. Will is the older brother of 3 year old adoring brother Charlie. Will was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Thursday, February 7, 2008.
Will K. loves Sponge Bob, Thomas the Tank Engine, reading and coloring. His has a strong spirit and certain way of touching peoples lives. You are an amazing boy Will and an inspiration to all!!
This guy below is still listed as one of Canada’s top people ever….a true hero, and the inspiration for my run this summer.