Friday, June 25, 2010

What Passes For Good News These Days ...

You know you're through the looking glass when you get bad news ... but it feels like good news.

The bad news is that the PET scan indicates cancer in one lymph node. It's in (my ex-husband)'s neck ... on the opposite side of the tumor. They're scheduling a needle biopsy next week just to be sure ... then they'll decide on a course of treatment.

So you're asking yourself, how can that possibly be good news? If the biopsy comes back negative, then he's Stage I. But, in a worse case scenario, if the biopsy comes back positive, then he's still only Stage II.

Stage II is scary ... but you have to keep in mind that I went into the appointment terrified the PET scan would show a second location. I knew he wasn't coughing or wheezing ... but I was afraid they would've found cancer in his prostrate or blood. I've never been so scared in my life.

So ... maybe one lymph node ... we can still fight this. Dr. Nanavati says this is a very treatable cancer. He says 7 out of 10 of these types of cancers are curable ... and those are good odds.

The next step is getting that lymph node biopsied ... and then getting (my ex-husband) in to see our dentist. Before they begin radiation on anyone with head and neck cancer, you must have a full dental exam to make sure your teeth are in good shape. If there are issues, any teeth that need pulled must be pulled before they can start radiation.

We've got a plan of action ... and we'll keep moving forward ... and that's our good news for today.

Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down
Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today

Anne Murray - A Little Good News