Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Spectre of the Big C Rears Its Ugly Head


Long-time readers of this blog might remember that 4 1/2 years ago my son, Rick, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Thankfully, the cancer was completely removed and my son was fortunate to have recovered quite well. Unfortunately, he just had a cancer scare, which has consumed much of the past two weeks of family life.

I will never be able to understand what it is like to have cancer at such an early (15) age and the lasting effects that will have on one's psyche. Symptoms led my son to believe that cancer had returned and might have spread to his brain. Thankfully, we have an excellent doctor in town, and an influential friend was able to get a CT scan and an MRI scheduled immediately for my son. The results were favorable, and Rick and I were able to shoot up to the Mayo Clinic for an appointment with his specialist this morning.

I am happy to report that Rick remains cancer free. The trip home began the transition back to regular life.

So ... after almost 1,000 miles in the car in the past 27 hours, I think I will sleep well tonight.

22 Comments:

Blogger Tony Bigcharles said...

im sure Koala will be able to relate to u. and i should visit a dr myself, i worry what all illnesses im gonna have i dont know of when i get older. i fear for my future. at least u guys are doing well.

4:16 AM  
Blogger JT88Keys said...

Good to hear the results were favorable (almost said positive, but in medical terms that's bad I guess). Mayo Clinic is an amazing place. They diagnosed and solved some very complex issues my wife was struggling with after her kidney transplant and we still rave about how well run they are.

6:41 AM  
Blogger norm said...

Great news.....it pays off to get the test done, SOON, and know what is up. I too am a cancer survivor 33 years now.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Mr Subliminal said...

Was relieved when I finished reading. Fantastic news!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Lucki Duck said...

Wow. So glad everything was clear!

I'm sure it's been a long two weeks.

Cancer sucks.

8:47 AM  
Blogger AgSweep said...

Glad all turned out well!!! Are you wpbt'ng? I think this calls for a celebration, I'll buy!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous phlyersphan said...

Glad to hear everything is OK! My family just had a new colon cancer diagnosis. Cancer sucks.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous KenP said...

All driving and not poker.

But you came home winners!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Cranky said...

Yikes! So glad all turned out well and life can return to normal.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

Great news, glad to hear.

10:52 AM  
Blogger angerisagift said...

SWEEEEEEEET good news!!!!!! no cancer

1:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Glad to hear it - let's make sure we all die before our kids do!!!

s.i.

5:04 PM  
Blogger cokeboy99 said...

Good to hear of the favorable result. Prayers go out to you and your family.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Zin said...

Great news now get some much needed sleep. My sister had cancer a few years ago spent 8 straight days at MD Anderson in Houston...but all was well thank god.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Poker & Gambling 24/7 said...

I will keep a prayer for you and your Son. How horrible it must be to lose part of your childhood fighting that disease, and how devastating as parents to have to fear for your offspring at such an early age. Everyday of life is precious. Bless You

WEC

3:10 AM  
Blogger PokahDave said...

great news....get some rest.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Man InBlack said...

OMG man. We all are so glad that everything worked out.

2:13 PM  
Blogger The Neophyte said...

Great news Light. I know how relieved you all must feel.

7:49 PM  
Blogger lightning36 said...

A sincere thank you to all my online friends who posted kind notes here or e mailed me words of support. Having your child go through this is so frustrating and painful, realizing that you are limited in what you can do.

You guys are the greatest!

10:02 PM  
Blogger bastinptc said...

Such a relief! I read your headline and my heart fell out.

10:15 PM  
Blogger The Poker Meister said...

Just read this! Thank God! I saw this & immediately assumed the worst... thankfully he's okay!

8:22 PM  
Blogger ~Coach said...

:)

12:02 PM  

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