Monday, December 12, 2011


There really isn't a way to describe how we feel other than thankful. We continue to be thankful that we caught the cancer when we did. We continue to be thankful that Patrick did not have to endure radiation or chemotherapy. We continue to be thankful that he has fully recovered from surgery with a few minor set-backs. And now, we are thankful that his recent PET scan results came back negative! It was the best Christmas gift we received. Patrick has had two appointments with Dr. D over the past few months. His last one revealed the PET scan results. He is on a three month schedule and will return to see Dr. D in March.

For those on the journey, I'd like to share about what has been going on over the last few months. Patrick has had a few alarming things happen such as a small bump just up from the original lesion, sharp shooting pains down his neck, and deep crack between his tongue and reconstructed site that caused concern. Thankfully, after a few days the bump went away, the crevasse was nothing to be alarmed about and the sharp pains were caused by the lack of lymph nodes in his neck filtering out a cold virus.

This journey is not over, in fact, I don't think it will ever fully be over. There will always be moments when small bumps or pain cause concern. Hopefully, they will become fewer and far between. Either way, it doesn't change that we are thankful.