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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

DAMMIT!!

Please keep John in your thoughts and prayers. His latest CT scan came back and 2 of his lymph nodes are acting up, in his pelvis. This type of cancer really likes to keep showing up. This is his 2nd recurrence of the disease. His regular oncologist (Dr. Swaab.. wonderful wonderful man) wants him to see Dr. Nasta again (she's the Lymphoma specialist at University of Pennsylvania Hospital). They'll decide together the next course of action to take. Most likely more chemo, but a different kind. There is some talk of harvesting John's stem cells to be put back in him at some point. I don't really understand that, but I'm sure I will soon enough.

John was diagnosed in June 2007 with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, and started chemo on October 2007 until Feb 2008. He was declared in remission at that point. We discovered at that time that his cancer was at Stage 4, so remisson is a miracle! In October 2008, he had CT scans and PET scans for his 6 month check-up. Spots were discovered on his spleen (2 very small spots that were, indeed, cancer). In January 2009, his spleen was removed. Scans showed no cancer present after the surgery. Last week he had another CT scan done because they want to keep a closer eye on this (3 month scans instead of the usual 6 month scans). Again, cancer starting to reel it's ugly head.

John has kept his fighting spirit and wants this taken care of pronto! I'm glad he's not giving up the fight. This one tough old bird, I tell you!

17 comments:

Queen Bee said...

Prayers are on the way....NOW!

Lisa said...

sending love and healing wishes xx

Amy said...

Prayers for healing for John, strength for you and wisdom for his docs.

darsden said...

Sorry to hear Joanie...there is power in prayers...We have all witness a miracle not too long ago. So, prayers being sent out! big {hugs} too

♥ Braja said...

So sorry, Joanie...all that prayer is SO powerful though...I can vouch for it....and I'm praying xxx

Eternal Lizdom said...

Praying for you and John and all involved.

Lilly said...

Dear Joanie, my prayers are with you and John and his doctors. Keep strong.

Ice Queen said...

Glad to hear he's still fighting. I'm convinced that's a sign all on its own.

lisa said...

Shit! Powerful prayers for you and John coming your way.

Jim and Garret said...

Ugh. Cancer sucks! He needs to get well soon.... oh and then stay well!

Garret

Sally's World said...

sending love, prayers and healing thoughts xxxxx

The Retired One said...

{{{{{HUGS to you both}}}}}}

Aaron said...

sending prayers and hugs to you both!

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Kat said...

Prayers for John's recovery and for your strength.

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for sure Joanie! XOXO

Alix said...

Not only is John a "tough old bird," but you are holding up incredibly well yourself, Joanie. I know this must be so terribly frightening for both of you - he because it's happening to him, and you because you love the guy.

Anyone who could be declared in remission after stage 4 cancer is a survivor of the highest caliber. And he will survive this too. Glad they are looking at him every 3 months, Joanie. That just gives him more ammunition to fight this disease.

As for you my sweet friend, please know your blog friends ARE out here praying for John and you. We're keeping you in our hearts, in our thoughts and continuously in our prayers.

I love you.

Joanie M said...

Thanks everyone, for your good thougths and prayers. John is determined to fight this disease. HE helps to keep ME positive!