Well Monday was doctor day. Kelli was a real trooper and held down the fort here at childcare. Those kiddos are a hand full and it’s a testament to Kelli’s good nature that she tackled the bunch of them. We are ever so grateful that she did. Kelli and all of our kids have been fabulous. We are so blessed to have our kids.
Mondays for the Cancer related doctors in Lacrosse are busy days. In the morning the group meets and discusses all the new cancer cases from the previous week then in the afternoon the patients come in and meet the team to learn about their case. UGH. Who would ever like Mondays if that was your job??
We crossed the bridge, crossing the Mississippi River going from Minnesota to Wisconsin and started our newest journey together, our fight against this cancer.
We were a little early and sitting and waiting was a little nerve racking. Of course we want good news and were optimistic but there’s always that one little nagging fear.
So in the afternoon Hubby first met with a team of four health care professionals. After that, there were two more appointments. It was a lot of information to take in….a lot.
This is what we found out….Hubby has Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. It’s stage 3A.
We did a lot of talking and information was presented. We asked LOTS of questions. It came down to needing more tests. Hubby was sent on to have an MRI done, more blood work done and has a breathing test scheduled for Thursday. The MRI is done to check for Brain Cancer. Lung cancer typically moves to the brain. If he would have movement, then plans would be to stop, treat the brain cancer and then come back to the lungs.
For now we are making a tentative plan is that all is well and he’d likely have surgery next week. They would remove the two sections of his lungs that are invaded by the tumor. He would likely then go on and have “clean up chemo”. That is all dependent on the test results.
So now THURSDAY is the day for us to find something out. We meet with the surgeon and he lets us know the results and the next plan. UGH…more waiting. It’s okay though as it gives us something to digest and work through what we have learned so far. Several times someone would ask him how he felt and his response was, “I feel like I just found out I have lung cancer”. He didn’t know what else to say…and I don’t really either.
After the appointments and before the MRI we stopped at Menards. If Hubby ends up with chemo, we want him to have a fine toilet to take care of his nausea…no honestly, we have been working on the bathroom basement and a new toilet is the next step. Hopefully he’ll install that this weekend in case he doesn’t have surgery as installing a new toilet won’t be happening for quite awhile after surgery.
We are on a whirlwind of emotions. There are MANY thoughts circling in our head. One of our favorite things of the day was a note sent by one of the childcare moms. She wrote: “We were walking through Walmart and my childcare kid says “I know! Let’s make Roger a cake, it’s him’s birthday! (It really isn’t his birthday) ” She adores him! Cake for Roger it is! ” Attached was a picture of my childcare kiddo sitting by the oven watching the cake she made for Roger bake. Her face had chocolate on it! She’s the sweetest.
We can’t say enough for all the messages of support that we’ve gotten. Hubby has read through all of the comments you’ve left and was very touched by them. I promise another update to come after we’ve found out more information on Thursday. My hopes are that things are a go for surgery for next week. That’s Hubby’s hopes too.
P.S. Hubby’s read name is Roger for those of you don’t know. I call him Kramer. Funny thing is, he calls me Kramer too. I figured if you all were praying for him, you should at least know his real name. XO