July 29th, 2007

melissa

My dad:

Life has once again intruded into my writing schedule. Just as Megs gets back on her feet from the spinal headache we received devastating news on my dad.

As some of you may know from following my ramblings…my dad has brain cancer. He’s recently completed radiation and chemo therapy and was going through maintenance chemo. The past Monday he had a follow-up MRI. Four months ago the second brain tumor he fought against had been shown dormant.

Wednesday afternoon, we were told horribly grim news that he now has two clusters of eight to ten new brain tumors of the same aggressive strain. ;( I’m so utterly saddened. I can still vividly recall his reaction when the very first tumor had been discovered several years ago. What a dark day. And to think we’d been terrified of the surgery he’d faced.

Unfortunately, these new tumors aren’t removable by surgery. In fact, they’re much deeper than even the second tumor.

Dad has already decided to fight on with as much faith and hope as he’s had since the beginning…so though, I’m heartsick, I can do no less.

Now, we enter into another stage with this dreaded disease…a stage of experiments. This week at Methodist in Indianapolis, he’ll go through a day of massive doses of radiation, and then focus on a chemo pump for several weeks. I’m afraid during this time the therapy will make his terribly sick and weak, so continued positive thoughts and prayers will be greatly appreciated.

As always I’ll do my best to give my muse the time she demands, but my parents come first. I only have one daddy and a lifetime to write.

((((((((((((((((((((Mo))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) much love and healing thoughts for your mom.

Until later~
Mel