Nov 22, 2009 - 8:05 am
I'm new to this site. I've been reading some of your posts and finding it very encouraging and informative.
Well, here's my story in a nutshell. My husband, Roy (age 56), was diagnosed with Stage III EC in June of this year. He had trouble swallowing in May, went for a doctor's appt. and after having a PET scan they found this. Tumor is in mid chest and has spread to several lymph nodes. After chemo and radiation and then another repeat PET/CT scan they said everything has shrunk enough for surgery. He is getting surgery tomorrow at Presby Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Luketich and his associates will be performing the surgery. I've heard he is in excellent hands.
I was diagnosed in March, 1998 with breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation I have been free of cancer ever since. Thank you, God! My husband was there for me every step of the way and I will be there for him, too.
One thing I have learned from having cancer myself is, once you have been diagnosed with cancer you are still the same person you were before, and how you handle any crisis in your life is how you will handle this. I know if I have a crisis, I will totally break down and cry first, then I need to make a plan to get through it. So I allowed myself time to cry over this and then I started my plan.
I know you need to be able to get through things physically, emotionally and financially.
So, to sum it all up......We are very nervous about the surgery tomorrow and are asking for prayers to help strengthen us. Please include us in your prayers. It will be very appreciated.
I'm so glad I found this site. I'd like to keep in touch and let you all know how things are going. I think that might be therapy for me while he is recovering.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers and support.
God bless each and every one of you. I'll be talking to you soon.