Jun 28, 2014 - 10:30 pm
I hope this is ok to do here, but I need to get some worries off my chest. My husband was diagnosed with cancer about 3 1/2 months ago. Perfectly healthy, no symptoms, working out 6 days a week, and then boom, a seizure at home and a trip to the ER revealed 2 lesions in his brain and one in his lung. After a week of hospitalization we learned it was 4 brain tumors, not 2. After another month of testing it was revealed that his cancer was not lung cancer but colon cancer that had metastasized to his lung and brain.
After a course of whole brain radiation therapy (through which the brain tumors just kept growing, some ending up doubled in size) and a lung surgery (the tumor there caused pneumonia and pleural effusion and collapsed his entire right lung) he began his first FOLFIRI chemo treatment just two weeks ago. This disease seems to be progressing at a gallop and I am so saddened and stressed by it. Stereotactic surgery every day last week was done in the hope of slowing down the brain tumors and control the seizures.
I have been reading through the forums and don't see too many people who have had brain involvement with this disease. Is it that uncommon? Is it the norm to have it progress so fast or are the people who have been survivors for 1, 2 or in some cases many more years the exception to the rule? Don't get me wrong, I am so heartened and glad that many of you have been so successful in dealing with your disease, and I'm sure it's not a small feat to do so.
I'm for the most part an optimistic and pragmatic person and we have approached this with faith and calm, but I have what I call "my moments" when get just so sad that my husband is only 49 and we are taking this journey.
Thank you all for listening, it helped a lot just to get it off my chest so I can move on to our next challenge.
I'm praying for all of you here.