My momma took her first treatment for colon cancer yesterday. She did better than what we thought she would. My husband is doing alright and we are so glad to be celebrating this wonderful Christmas. We have a cantata to sing at our church. It is called "Rejoice" and that is exactly what we shall do. My prayers are with each of you. Those who are dealing with this disease and going trough treatments, those who are caretakers to your love ones, and those who have pain from the loss of a love one. I pray that your wrapped in a blanket of warmth and peace.
We went to New Orleans at Tulane Cancer center to check on my husbands cancer in his brain. They are doing an MRI to check to see if the cancer has gotten smaller. His balance is good and other test they gave to check to see if any malfuntion of the brain but they saw none. This was great. He had a test not too long ago that showed no new or increase in cancer in leg and arm etc. I guess the Nexavar is working by the grace of our Savior. HOPE, that is what life is about. I HOPE all of you are doing better today. Thank you for your prayers.
Great news, I admire you and your positive attitude dealing with both your mom and your husband. My dad is back from Mexico and gained 6 pounds while he was there, amazing.
I hope we have great results from the medication also, he will be starting that soon.
It is good to hear that your father is doing great. He will do fine on his meds. We will continue to pray.
We went to my husbands doctor to check to see if the gamma laser knife was working on his brain lesions. He did all kinds of neurological test. When he was through he sat down and was puzzled as to why he did not have any side effects like imbalance and memory loss. I told him that we were not puzzled. It was God and positive attitude. He is getting a MRI of his head because the doctor can not wait to see what is going on in there. I hope that he is surprised!
Keep up the positive attitude and keep praying. Good things are happening all around us every moment. We just have to have an open heart to see them sometimes.
My mom has good days and bad. The chemo gets her down a few days but we keep encouraging her. We keep telling her she has made it through one more treatment and she can do this. She went out to eat with my sister and her family yesterday. That was good for her to get out.
Have a good day all and may 2007 be better for all.
I haven't seen any new posts from you lately, wanted to let you know you have been in my thoughts, hopefully no new is good news and things are going well for you, your mom, and your husband!!! Let us know. Thanks!
Hello to everyone. My husband is doing great. He just got over a severe sinus infection but came through better than what we though he could. He is a trooper! We have a piece of land and are making plans to build a small house. Something that he has dreamed of for a long time. He is looking forward to Turkey hunting comming up. He will go with his limp, nexavar and all!! He really is a wonderful Turkey hunter. I am glad he enjoys this and looks forward to doing his hobbies still.February 7, 2007 he reached his 5 years! I laughed because we celebrated and he said "stastistics can't run my life!"It was funny.
My mom has had 4 treatments of the 12 she has to take. She has good days and bad. She fell at night and broke her wrist and had 3 pins placed in it but it did not hold so she has to have a plate put in soon. She is another trooper.
Her blood count is low and is taking iron which makes her sick but she tries to do what she is suppose to do.
Please continue to pray for them both. My heart is filled with each of you and your love one. This is not an easy race to win but we are all winners!
My husband had his scan. There has been a small spot on his one and only kidney that we have been watching. It has now grown some. They are searching as to how to treat this spot and not to do damage to the kidney. They are thinking about cryotheraphy, which is a freeze it type treament. They are placing him on Sutent rather than Nexavar. I do not know why unless it is because he can not take the full dose of Nexavar. Maybe the Sutent is more powerful and will help more in less dosage than the Nexavar in a low dosage. I do not know, but I am not worried about the medicine right now.
I am to have back surgery soon. I have one collasped disk and two bulging disk. Very painful. I told the doctor I have to work and I need help soon to be able to help my husband. So they are hurrying up the date for surgery. I will be so thankful to get up and go through the day without pain.
Thanks for the prayers and concern.
Been a long time. Had alot going on. My mom has 4 more treatments for her colon cancer. She has been sick but doing better I hope. I feel so pulled at times because I have to work and can not be there for my mom as much as I need to be. She is so strong.
My husband has been off of Nexavar for a while. Just to update: He has had one kidney removed, 2 lung surgeries,adrenal glands removed,hip bone fixed,arm fixed and gammaknife radiation for two brain lesions. He has lived longer than the expected 5 years. His anniversary was December 2007 for the cancer and February for the first surgery.
We are going to see how the treatment did for his brain lesions this month. In the meantime he had a CT scan and it showed that a spot they have been watching on his one kidney has grown slightly and he will be going to a nearby town to see a Doctor about freezing the spot to stop the cells from growing.
He is still doing good. He went Turkey hunting and killed two turkeys. His friends would check on him and come pick him up if he was far from his truck so he would not have to walk so far. He limps on his leg that was fixed by putting a steel rod to hold up against the cancer. We use to wonder how much longer. We still do at times but everytime he defies statistics we just take a deep breath and continue to try to enjoy each day. He is so positive I am absolutely in awe of his strength. I love him more than words can say and I am so thankful that I was blessed to be with him. Thanks for all of the prayers. I am a firm believer that prayer is all that we have sometimes. All have a blessed day.
Last edited by brighterday; 04-14-2007 at 12:49 PM.
I know how you feel, i too must watch as my husband suffers from his renal cancer, he has had his right kidney removed, two brain tumors removed, one tumor on each lung, his left adrenal gland has a tumor and now he has a growth on his L2 verterbrae and the only treatment he has had is radiation to each lung and radiation after the tumors were removed from his brain. Through all this he has kept a positive attitude and he will reach his five year in September 2007. So brighterday keep strong and treasure all that is real.
Arohanui (Farewell and love)
Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. My heart goes out to you for watching your husband be sick. All we can do is take this journey one step at a time one day at a time and enjoy every day. This world takes so much for granted. I try not to (it is hard) not to get caught up in the what ifs? and try to focus on the is nows, if that make sense.I know you do too.
Thank goodness we have this site and friendship.
I use to think that i was the only person going through this trumatic experience alone but since i have found this site as well as another site called alt.cancersupporters i realise that we are one of many. Michael will be having radiation treatments in two weeks for his spine. And yes we also wonder is this it but no Mike pulls through and we continue to live our lifes as normality allows us to do. So Brighterday we have one thing going for us and that is the love and faith we have in each other that no other couples have because of what we are going through.
May the Angles watch over you two
You are such an inspiration.God bless you an Michael your husband. I admire both of your strength. You both will be in mine and Keith's prayers. We were just sitting here talking about you both and this site and how I had been here since 2004 and how it has helped me to have a place to go too where people understand the fears as well as the hope we strive to hold onto. Yes it is so nice to have friends here.
Keith and I took a ride this afternoon in our jeep to a sandbar on the river. It was a time to get away from the cancer and be just us. No looks of sympathy, no questions, no cancer for just awhile. We had a great time and as we sat on a log looking at the beauty, we see if God took the time to create so much beauty to enjoy, then certainly we his greatest creation are certainly loved and cared for by him.
Have a great day!
How Are You I Hope You Enjoyed The Ride To The Riverbank. Michael Will Start Another Round Of Radiation To His Spine. Lucky For Him It Is Only On One Quarter Of The Vertabrae. This Starts On Monday It Will Be For A Week. We Are Coming Into Winter Now And Watching The Colours On The Leaves Change Is Great. How Are You Going I Hope Things Are Not Getting Too Bad And Hard For You. Michael And I Send Our Very Best To You And Hope That You Stay Safe
It is a beautiful day here with the sunshining. It is almost impossible to imagine that such a horrible diesase is raging through people making them so sick and sad on a day like this, but it is.
My husband and I just celebrated June 11th our 25 year anniversary. It was a joy!
Giving an update: He has 2 spots on his only kidney and another spot in his head between the brain and the lining of the skull. We just went to the University of Jackson and they did CRYO on his kidney but could only get the small spot because doing too much at one time can kill the kidney(as so told). We go to Tulane in July to have Gamma Knife done to his head again. They are concerned that the cancer may be in his spinal fluid. If it is, the cancer can go fast anywhere it decides to land. They told him if his kidney is still functioning in a month they will try to do cryo again if he chooses.He is tired so very tired,but still has a great outlook. He just now since having the cryo has talked more about the future and the posibility of dying. I can tell he is afraid. All I can do is love him and love him I will. I try not to think about the what ifs because that only slows down the minutes of quality time we have together. None of us knows when. You or I could be called home at a blink of an eye. Just take advice friends. Tell your love one everyday how you feel about them. If we did this our world would be better.
I read your posts and have been amazed at your positive attitude and I would
really like to know how you do it?
I had a kidney cancer tumor removed May 14 that was the size of a volleyball.
I am 49 years old and had no symptoms prior to the diagnosis other than fatigue. Blood tests revealed severe anemia which led to the discovery of the cancer.
Everything from the diagnosis to the surgery happened so fast that I think
that I am in still shock that I actually had cancer. It feels like a bad dream that I wish I could wake up from.
The doctors say that as best they could tell, the cancer had not spread, but they put the possibility of a recurrence at 40%. I feel a bit selfish complaining about my situation considering what you all are dealing with, but I am really scared. The fear is always there and seeing my husband trying to deal with
his fear breaks my heart.
I was wondering not only how you manage to keep up such a positive attitude, but also, did your husbands have kidney cancer that had already
spread at the time it was diagnosed or is it a recurrence?
Also, have you had any experience with either sorafinib or sunitinib and
their side effects? My doctors are wanting me to take part in a clinical trial
testing these two new drugs. Before I can though, I have to pass more scans to see if there is any cancer any where that they might not have seen
previously. I'm terrified that the results might be bad.
Hello Janica, i am sorry to hear that you have renal cancer. My husband has renal cancer and has had it for 5 years. Last month he had to go into hospital for a bacterial infection, he was there for one week. He has one tumor on each lung, one on his adrenal gland, two tumors were removed from his brain, and just recently he had one small tumor on his L2 vertabrae in which he was given radiation treatment. In between all of this he been in hospital with sizures, infections and unknown complications and through all of this he keeps strong with the belief that life is not up yet. My point to you is be strong and keep positive about your life my prayers are with you.
Goodmorning everyone. Janica I am sorry about your RCC and Muska01 I hope your husband is doing better. I hope all of you are doing good today.
Janica, I thought about your question for two days now. The only thing that gets my husband and I through each day (and it is a daily sometimes minute by minute journey) is our Faith. I get so sad sometimes I feel as though I cannot breathe. My husband has been positive always ,that is just his nature.
Lately with all the things he is going through he has been down and talking about the possibility of death. He has had cryo done to a spot on his kidney 2 weeks ago. They will do another spot on his kidney in one month. Tuesday he goes for gamma knife at Tulane for another lesion in his head. It is breaking my heart. Each night it is hard to go to sleep with all the worries. Even though we all face this ,the world just keeps on turning and it is hard. Sometimes seems unfair. I just make sure that I tell him that I love him and then pray that God waches over him and my family.
I have to remember that my husband belonged to God way before I came along and I am sure that he has the best intentions for him. Better than I could ever do. We cry, laugh, make jokes and even stress to the max at times. It is just human nature.
For example, we went out to pop fireworkd the 4th. It was in a field out from anywhere but near the small family cemetary where he has requested to be if he loses his fight. He grabbed me and said listen. I said I don't hear anything. he said I know it is peaceful, so when you palce me hear soon thats what it will be peaceful. I cried and we stood there hugging for awhile.
I do not have the answer but I am sure of only one thing ,that if God knows the number of every hair on our head, then he has a plan for us. I use to not want to cry and fought it when around people. I begin to think about Jesus dying on the cross for us and bearing all of our sins and pain. Not one persons, but all. So anything and everything that we could or do feel he felt even more. If he could bear that, then I know he gives us strength to bear anything that we may face. That is the only way that I can face this journey.
My husband says that if one person is touched somehow by his struggle then all is not in vain. He has already touched mine and I am sure of many more because they say he is inspiration.When it comes down to it I guess that is all that is important. It is not easy. Not an easy journey at all. More like a rollercoaster and the ride is never over.
May each of you be blessed whether you are the one ill or the caretaker. My heart goes out to all.