Apr 08, 2009 - 1:11 pm
Hello-I am brand new here. Thank you for any words of encouragement, advice you can provide.
My wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in November 07. Mets to Liver and abdominal wall. She had FOLFOX and now is on FOLFIRI. She seems to be doing well although her last CT scan in January revealed "some" mets to her lung and more in her abdomen. Her CEA is down to 100 at this time. She is fiercely independant and fights her cancer like a mixed martial arts fighter, she amazes me!
My concern? She desperately wants to go to Italy for 2 weeks this summer. Her oncologist told her that if she stays the same as she is now, she should be okay and he would not be too concerned. Easy for him to say! I am scared that she could have some catastrophic medical event and we would be stranded in a foreign country. My insurance covers overseas medical care, we purchased flight insurance and will be with a group, but I will be watching her like a hawk and don’t know if I will be able to relax and get any rest.
I know this may be her last trip anywhere and I want to honor that. But to be honest, it has been really hard for me waiting for the “Other shoe to drop” and being in another country scares the crap out of me.