Monday, February 13, 2012

OCTOBER 3, 2011 = FEBRUARY 13, 2012

The day Adam got diagnosed was October 3, 2011.
October 3, 2011 was a rainy day.
Much like today.
That's how I knew it wouldn't be good news.
The oncologist we have been seeing at least once a month for the past 5 months came into the room a little sheepish.
He asked Adam how he had been feeling and if he had any lasting side effects from chemo so far since it has been six weeks since Adam's last treatment.
He was curious about his back pain and if he always had back pain or if he noticed anything new.
I sat silently, ready to vomit from anxiety, in the corner just listening.
For today was scan result day.
The oncologist said this,
"You know Adam this is really wierd, alright?"
In my mind I'm thinking...FABULOUS. 

He continues to tell us that the tumors that were on the CT scan when he was first diagnosed back in October were still there and still the same size.
Then, the weird part, he said that he had 3 additional swollen lymph nodes on the back of his stomach by his spine that were not on the scan back in October.
Yes, new ones.
Adam did some blood work and there were no signs of cancer in his blood.
We hope so! 
The oncologist talked with a urologist and the radiologist.
None of them knew why the lymph nodes were on this new scan but weren't on the one 5 months ago.
Because the blood work show's that there isn't any cancer, it's leading them to believe that these lymph nodes are benign.

Long story short,
Adam is getting another PET scan and then we are meeting with the surgeon to discuss our options.
They want to do surgery to take them out and test them to see what's going on because not one, not two, but THREE trained professionals don't have an explanation.
From what little information the oncologist told us, the surgery won't be very fun being so close to his spine and having the lymph nodes be so tedious to remove.
If he doesn't do surgery, they will grow and cause problems later on.
I'm just as numb as October 3, 2011.


  1. Christina,
    I know this is random to get a comment from me, but I've just seen and started reading your blog. I just want you to know your family is in my prayers and I really admire you for your strength and faith. I can't believe you're going through all this and so young but it must be because the Lord knows you can handle it and is ready to bless you.
    Thanks for your strong example. You'll stay in my prayers.


  2. Oh Christina. I don't even know what to say. Please, please, please let us know how we can help. You're already in our prayers. We love you two so much!

  3. CH I'm so sorry you're going through this. You're so amazingly strong! I'll keep you in my prayers, as well. <3

  4. I wish I was closer to you so I could bring you some cupcakes! Stupid Oncologist they never know how to talk to patients right. Our oncologist told us that David could be paralyzed from the radiation. Cool! Love you so much! Your an amazing example to us all!

  5. We are thinking and praying for you guys over here in Rexburg! We miss and love you both very much!!!!

  6. Oh my gosh, we are stunned but we KNOW that the Lord knows what is best for all of us. Unfortunately He doesn't tell us in advance.Please know that our love & prayers are with you both!