May 13, 2011 - 6:16 am
What can I say??? Statistically my husband was given just a couple more weeks of life. This was at the end of April 2010.
Statistically, the side effects of chemo brain surgery/radiation/chemo are many.
Statistically, the patient will get depressive.
Statistically this.... statistically that.....!!
But are we, people, each individual statistic???? The diagnose from the doctors is only statistic. The diagnose what I get from observing my husband journey through this, is my diagnose.
After being diagnosed with GBM grade 4 (April 2010 )he went into surgery that took them more then 7 hours, ( the longest day in my life ). Radiation combined with chemo Temodar oral pills followed for the period of 6 weeks.
After a break of nearly 8 weeks chemo treatment Temodar oral pills followed being, 5 days with pills and 23 days without, blocks of 6 months.
One month after on the 4th of April 2011 a new MRI was made. We went to the hospital for the outcome of this scan on the 11th of April 2011.
It was clear that his tumor on the 1st scan was very, very big. The 2nd scan showed us way much less,they took out most of the tumor which had the contain of 1 and a half espresso cup!! A GBM tumor is a mass that is very "slippery". The 3rd scan showed us that the left over of his tumor has shrunk. But they have discovered a new "spot" of 3 cm just below the old tumor.
What we do now is to prepare, somewhere on the back of my brain , for the worst, but we are hoping for the best. And that is what I hold on too for the moment. Our life is for over 1 year without schedule or planning, step by step.
Beside the conventional treatment, we give him a homeopathic treatment which could also be adding to his "good" condition.
I am sure, that a positive attitude, keeping the patient busy with as much daily tasks, giving him to understand that he is contributing in daily life, even when sick, surrounding him with so much love and only good energy ( music he loves, going to concerts, museums, playing games, making him laugh while watching a good comedy movie, any alternative therapy he feels good with like Reiki, Quantum therapy etc.etc. good nutrition , walking as much as possible, smelling the world outside ) can really contribute to his well being.
We are in the fortunate position of being surrounded by so many good friends, who became like family to us in this difficult period and family who became like friends, supporting us and enabling us to travel around, to offer us a good time, and we are extremely happy that he himself said on the 6th of April 2011 in the evening, while in bed next to me:
"We were given another year, a whole year."
We, the people next to the patient,should try not to show our desparation, do not talk too much about the cancer, only when the patient opens the subject himself, do not give up hope, do not listen too much what the doctors tell you, do research yourself and try out whatever "speaks" to you. This does not mean that when I am alone I break down in tears, it is hard for the people around him to see that he is changing. It is in the brain you know, the hardest thing for us is to see these changes. But one thing that is very important as our daughters told me: "we are happy that he is at least not suffering from pain ". We have to try to keep positive, it could always be worse and last but not least:
Many times cancer patients are given a certain time left to live. Well, we never know when is our time, nobody knows. And may this be clear to us: We do not have such knowledge and we are not statistic!!!!
for any further information about the homeopathic treatment we give to Panormitis, my Greek husband, open up the link below. And again, we will never know if his "good condition" is to be credited also partly to this homeopathic treatment, but it is certainly worth a try!!!
firstname.lastname@example.org ( it is also available in USA )
For all of the people fighting their sickness, keep on hanging in there, do not give up!!!