Mar 02, 2012 - 9:15 pm
First let me introduce myself. My name is Megan and I am 23 years old. My Dad (age 53) was just diagnosed with extensive SCLC. We went into the ER last Friday because we thought he might of had a stroke. His symptoms were numbness on his right side and a headache. Well, after he was given a CT scan it was discovered he had a tumor in his right lung and four mets on his brain. He then was given an MRI and one tumor was found on his spine. At this point I was devastated, but thought to myself thank God we got him into the hospital when we did. I don't even want to think about what could have happened if we waited any longer.
He has a very aggressive team of doctors who have started him on radiation as well as chemo (etoposide and carboplatin). My dad has made it very clear to his family that he has decided to fight his cancer and has so much to live for. He has a very large support system around him. My dad looks healthy, and he says he feels good. However, I know my dad is sick and I know this is going to be a tough road ahead. My family and I have been taking this very difficult. I feel that I am on an emotional roller coaster that just won't stop. I am very close to my Dad and love him so much.
I guess my reason for posting is to connect with other people going through this and maybe to offer some words of comfort. This has been so overwhelming and I want to make sure I am asking the right questions to his doctor. For example, should I bring up clinical trials? Will they have to preform surgery to remove the mets on his brain? What happens if the chemo doesn't work?
So many questions, and just not enough answers. Thank you all for reading my story. I appreciate any feedback.