Update #4 (September 12, 2019)

The days seem to slip by and the website doesn’t get updated on its own unfortunately!  Sorry for the lack of updates.

Radiation Treatments

I started radiation treatments on my neck last Thursday (September 5).  I have 10 treatments altogether … every week day for 10 days.  I’m now over half way!  The swelling and pain in my neck increased after the first few treatments.  Apparently this is normal as the cancer cells become “angry” and react to the radiation.  It was terrible having to wear the mask on Monday because my face and neck were swollen.  The mask seemed so tight and it felt like I was being strangled.  I had to ask the technologists to take it off at first – I couldn’t bear it.  Then they tried again and I just had to hold back the tears and be brave!  Thankfully the treatments only take about 5 minutes.

The swelling isn’t as bad now but I have a few other side effects from the radiation.  I haven’t felt like eating much the past few days and it doesn’t help that I can’t taste things very well.  It’s been tiring travelling back and forth from Sudbury every day (2 hours each way).  I did stay overnight one night with my parents, which helped cut down on the travelling for those two days.

Thanks to those who have helped drive me back and forth to Sudbury … we really appreciate it.  We “sent” Dad and Mom Wilton home to Toronto to get some rest and get some things done at home, especially while my parents are here to help out.  Both our parents have been such an amazing help and we are so thankful for all that they done…and continue to do.

Here are a couple of photos of me in my mask … as well as the room where the radiation is done.

 

PET Scan and Biopsy Results

I had a PET scan today in Sudbury.  Radioactive material was put into my system through an IV.  I then had to sit in a quiet room on my own for about an hour as the material travelled through my body.  It gathers in cells that are using a lot of energy (cancer cells).  The radioactive material gives off tiny positively charged particles and a camera records these and turns them into pictures on a computer.

The doctors are still uncertain where the primary cancer is.  The initial pathology results from the core needle biopsy taken on September 3 haven’t given the doctors any more concrete clues as to where the primary is.  They are still saying somewhere in the GI / colon.  The pathologists are doing some more stains on the biopsy to see if they can find anything else.


We were able to have a little visit with Sis. Joyce while we were in Sudbury.  She’s doing well and appreciated the visit.

 

Counting our Blessings

We are so thankful for the care that we have access to in this country.  We have met so many lovely doctors, nurses and healthcare workers along the way.  We feel very blessed, even though we face many challenges at this time.

Thank you to everyone who has sent cards, emails, messages, meals, flowers and gifts for the boys.  We have been so overwhelmed with the love and generosity shown to us.  It reminds us of the quote in 1 Corinthians 12v26, “whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it”.  Most of all we are thankful for the many prayers being offered and we pray God will give us the strength and faith we need for each new day.

 

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
all ye that hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31v24