Monday, March 03, 2008

Rough Weeks Ahead!

Picture taken Christmas Day 2007


My father has been fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma on and off for quite a few years. He has gone through Surgery, Radiation and Chemotherapy many times. He has been dealing with a tumor in his groin for many months and has gone through 9 treatments of radiation. It shrunk a little but has still been giving him some pain. Now they have found two tumors on his neck, one on each side close to his jugular. The doctors at our cancer center decided they wanted him to go to the cancer center in Buffalo. (about 2 hours from where we live) Many of you may have heard of Roswell Park. The doctors at Roswell Park want him to have an intense 3 day chemo treatment. He is going for the treatment starting on Thursday of this week. The doctor told him that if he didn't think it would help he wouldn't put him through this. I am taking a leave from work so I can be there with him and his wife (Sharon). I am going to try to come home at night so I can sleep in my own bed. Chris is trying to get Thursday and Friday off so he can drive me back and forth to Buffalo. We are going to be very busy with dad for a while so we don't know how often we will be able to post.

We will try to keep you updated.


7 comments:

Me said...

You have my prayers. I can almost feel the exhaustion when I think about all that you will be going through.

Melissa

Ann said...

I'll be praying for your family. Bless you both.

Lilli said...

Oh my Goodness! What an awful lot to go through, for all of you. I'll be thinking about you. Best wishes for your Dad and the family. Drive safely!

PEA said...

Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear the news! My prayers are with your dad, as well as the family. I know you being there for him will mean the world to him. xoxo

Utah Grammie said...

As a cancer survivor myself - I can fully appreciate what he (and your family) is going through now. Please take as good a care of yourselves as he would want you to. Drive carefully, get rest, take breaks and most of all, let yourselves feel all of the emotions you have. Even if it's in private - your fellings, fears, doubts, and anger need to be acknowledged and then delt with. Know my prayers will go up for your Dad - and for all of you. As a former cancer patient, I can tell you the hardest thing to bear is to have to tell your children you have cancer. Let your Dad know you understand this and love him even more.
Blessings,
Colleen

meme said...

Laurie and Chris~ You are in my prayers! I thought all about you and your family yesterday after reading your blog! I know life is can be a hard road...but those times are what stop us in our tracks and feel grateful for the people in our lives! Thank you for coming into my life! Try to have a good day~ Or at least a day filled with love, memories, and brighter days head!

Pudgeduck said...

Thoughts and prayers for you. John 14-18