Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing Christmas and New Year's. It was nice to have some time off to relax and get caught up on stuff at home (like playing Xbox). 2008 has been a difficult year for us and I am happy to move on to a new year.

It's been a while since I have updated and to be honest, there isn't much to update. I have my eleventh chemo treatment tomorrow and that's still going OK. I have felt sick more the last couple of weeks than I did during the first round, but the medication still works pretty good to control the nausea and pain (joint pain, which can get really bad) so I am not complaining. I am still tired pretty much all of the time.

I have two chemo treatments left (tomorrow and 1/9) and we learned a few days ago that we would be going back to Boston on 1/14 for testing and to meet with the doctors. I will be having a head MRI, a cardiac MRI and a full body PET/CT scan done. The head MRI is probably to take a closer look at my orbit. In October and December they did bone scans and both times there was a "hot spot" on my left orbit. The doctors said it could be sinus related but they would eventually want to look into it more. The cardiac MRI is to look at the tumor again and the full body PET/CT scan is to look for both changes in the current "spots" as well as anything new. We will be meeting with Dr. Shakar (the surgeon) and Dr. Butrynski (the oncologist) and will find out whether or not I will be having surgery this month.

I am really hoping for surgery ASAP. The pains and funny feelings I get in my chest make me think about the tumor and how badly I want it taken out. On top of that, I want to move on to the next step of this. Not knowing what's next drives me crazy, especially not knowing when. My gut tells me it's going to happen this month and we will know for sure in the next couple of weeks. I still have a very positive attitude about this and I know that I will get through it, it's just a matter of time and treatment.


Anonymous said...

We love you Will!! Still thinking of you all the time! We know you can beat this, and we are with you every step of the way! Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2009!! We will see you soon!
Love You TONS!
Steph, Darryl, Kyle, Sydney & Alex

Cindy Dout said...

I miss you on the 360 project! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and sending good thoughts for surgery this month - I so hope it goes though. Best wishes for getting though the last two chemo sessions. Keep us informed.


Joyce said...

We are all amazed by your strength, me especially. I know that when I heard the word "cancer", all I wanted was to have it out of me as soon as possible. God bless you and Shana (obviously, that's a given) as you deal with everything. Know that you are loved and prayed for more than you could ever have imagined. Bask in the warmth of our love when the pain gets tough to bear. We all wish we could share your burden, but are happy to do whatever we can to help you know that you are never alone.
Love and hugs,
Ajuma Joy & Uncle Lenny

vicki gilgor said...

Happy and healthy new year. Hope this year only brings good news and lots of sunshine for you and your family. Miss you and sending only good thoughts your way. thank you for keeping us informed. Good thoughts for all of your outcomes in Boston.

Sarah Enders said...

Happy New Year Will! It was nice to meet you at the benefit and I'm glad you hear you're still so positive about everything. Stay encouraged! I'm praying for you :)


Dawn O. said...


Good luck with your last treatment. I know things will go well! It was so great to see you at Christmas and I can't wait too see you again. You and Shana are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you guys both so much.


Anonymous said...

Good luck Will, keep the positive attitude! Take care.

Melissa Chirico-Brown

Anonymous said...

Good luck tomorrow. Our thoughts are with you and our fingers and toes are crossed for only the best because you deserve nothing but the BEST!!!!!! Go get em tiger.

Chris Francisco

Chris Warden said...

Keep battling, Will! Wishing you and your family the best for 2009. Just keep taking it one day at a time....we're all pulling for you.


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