Welcome to Kelly's Journal
“I know the plans I
have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
|Status updates New 4-24-13|
|Happy New Year, here is to hoping 2013 is awesome.|
is my story about my family and our fight against cancer.
all began July 2010 when the first doctor said those dreaded words,
"You have cancer."
The doctors were all positive and upbeat.
had all started in my right tonsil. I was assured it would be
beatable. It was stage 4 and had spread to my lymph nodes in
We started with an aggressive chemo attack.
After several weeks we were seeing progress and it was time
start radiation treatment and reduce the chemo. 33 radiation
treatments later and I was done. It was the end of December
On April 1, 2011 I got the news "cancer free." I
had lost most of my saliva glands to radiation but I was glad to trade
it to be cancer free.
There was some concern later in the
year so I had another PET scan on Nov. 11, 2011. It came back
clear. Nothing to be concerned about.
(Except for all
the bills. Tons of medical bills on top of those we already
and 6 months on disability pay had wiped us out.)
Forward a bit, things are looking up, work is going well and we had
begun to plan a family vacation. April 1, 2012 had come and marked a
year cancer free.
June 18, 2012 came and I got up feeling bad
but decided to go to work. I made the hour plus drive through
the construction going from Grapevine to Addison.
I got out of
my truck and made the 25 yard walk to the door and could barely
breathe. I called my wife and let her know I was coming home and we
needed to go to the hospital. X-rays lead to CT scans and the
removal of 3.5 liters of fluid from the area around my right lung.
The top four conditions that cause this sort of fluid build
are infection, heart failure, kidney failure and cancer.
was ruled out fairly quickly, lab work showed that my heart and kidneys
were ok. There were no conclusive results from the lab work on the
Time for some poking around with a camera in my chest, so
on June 29 I got some holes poked in my side and they went digging
around. They took samples for testing.
Results come from my
Oncologist which means cancer. No smiles or positive words
my chest wall is covered in nodules and a PET scan confirms that it is
in my lung too. The 5 year survival rate for this is 15% and
average lifespan is 11 months. There is little hope for a medical
I have never smoked, rarely ever drank, never abused chemicals so I
don't know where it came from.
my favor I am relatively young (45), strong and healthy. I
to beat this. I have made many promises to my wife and my
year old daughter. I intend to keep them.
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