This morning I had my appointment with my new oncologist. It was just an initial consultation with him but we did finally figure out what the plan will be as we move forward with this diagnosis. After spending about an hour with the doctor we finally had some of our questions answered – sort of. The plan is for me to get a PET Scan as soon as possible to see how my organs are doing. A PET Scan is a type of imaging test. It uses a radioactive substance called a tracer to look for disease in the body. A PET scan shows how organs and tissues are working. Once this is done and he gets the results back (1-2 weeks) I should be starting my chemo treatments. He explained what will be involved with these treatments and their frequency. To begin, I will have chemo every two weeks for three months. There will be other testing that goes on as well through this time. One of the scenarios involved is having surgery on my liver. This is a distinct possibility, but we will know more in the coming weeks. One thing I realized after today’s appointment is that my life is now interrupted by appointments. I must admit I am not looking forward to this. I think this is more depressing than having cancer. Our lives will now be filled with going to the cancer clinic every two weeks for the foreseeable future. Not fun! The doctor also said something that I don’t think has really set in yet. He wasn’t too hopeful about recovery. He basically stated that I possibly have two years to live and he actually admitted in front of my wife and I that chemo doesn’t cure people. Crazy! Than why do it? I think chemo and its affects kill more people than the cancer does. Just my opinion. Anyways, we are meeting with Integrated Health tomorrow evening and we are believing for a good report. We will exhaust any and all resources to make sure we do all that we can to fight this. We will not quit. We will not give up. Because, I don’t do cancer!
Thanks for you love, support and encouragement during this time. Please pray for our family, especially for our kids. We have just launched a website called idontdocancer.ca. The purpose of this site is to be a source of hope and encouragement for those battling cancer. On the site you will find articles, videos, stories, shareable images, recipes and so much more. We have designed some time shirts and will be selling them as a fundraiser to cover some of the costs for my treatments. Please check the site out and share it with your friends. We would love to hear your stories and if you have something you want to share please let us know so we can share it with others as well. This isn’t just about us. There’s a bigger picture to all of this that hasn’t fully come into focus yet but we believe it will as this journey continues. So there you have it. That’s the most recent update about our journey. Thanks for being a part of it.