Saturday, March 13, 2010

Status Changed

A quick blog.

Though my daughter prefers to keep things quiet, part of me wants to shout out about cancer because there are so many of us touched by this rampant disease.

Megan's cancer has come back. However, the doctor's think that perhaps she was mis-diagnosed here in Kingston. Instead of leiomyosarcoma, they think she has GIST (gastro-intestinal stromal tumor) which is also a sarcoma, but a stain identification away from LMS.

What does that mean? It means that the first chemo was the wrong chemo.
It means that the radiation probably was the element that worked to keep her cancer free for nearly three years.

The tumor is in her esophagus. Inoperable. The chemo is by pill this time, better than an IV, but still has nasty side-effects. Megan is now going through radiation, with the hopes that it will destroy the tumor - in time for her husband to pack up and leave to go back to Afghanistan.

I don't know how she does it. I think the children keep her going, her college classes keep her focused. But still questions of "what if" surface.

I went for five days to help her out, thanks to a generous contribution of my co-workers who gave me a card with enough money to make a round trip flight to Kentucky, 1000 miles away. I cooked, I played with the kids. Megan and I got some quality time to talk, eat, shop, and just be together. It was quality and loving time. I am grateful for my friends who helped make this possible.

I am going back in a few more weeks and this time I will be there for what we hope to be her last round of treatments. I want to say FOREVER, but forever is a slippery slope in the land of cancer.

Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Her babies need her still. I need her still. We come from tough stock...with the blood of Northern and Eastern Europe.
We fight hard.