Sunny Skies Ahead – Blog 36

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My Dad received his results today and the Doctors have officially confirmed he is now in remission!

From what I can gather this is classified as Partial Remission. The treatment has worked in killing off some of the cells, but not all. Although the Cancer is still evident on scans, it has got no worse since the last scan he had a couple of months ago. It would appear that the treatment has prevented the Cancer from growing any further.

This is naturally fantastic news given the prognosis he initially received and means he can now look ahead to 2016 and breathe a sigh of relief.

His next scan and appointment with the doctors has been scheduled for the start of April, so he can also start to plan visits to see family and friends which he missed out on doing a couple of weeks ago.

Whilst this is fantastic news, it is only fair to say at this stage, the Cancer battle will continue. My Dad needs to ensure he does everything he can to allow his body to continue to hold it back. Water intake will continue to be the most crucial medication he can take. As well as this there are certainly other ‘life-style’ choices that need to be addressed to give him a true fighting chance. But for now he just needs to digest the news, enjoy the festive period and start to live again.

Based on this news I will also be taking a step back from these Blogs and will provide updates when there is news to share. This is by no means the end though. I guess you could say the blog is also in remission.

I’m truly touched by the number of people from across the globe who read these blogs dedicated to my Dads story and if they have helped anyone in anyway then they have achieved what I had hoped and set out for.

I am also extremely grateful for the love, support and kind messages received from all our friends and family. Without you the last six months would have been even more difficult.

For now though I would like to simply take the opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

A Glass Half Full – Blog 35

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As planned a scan took place last Friday and in just one week’s time we will have an idea as to how effective all the treatment my Dad has received has been.

Whilst he had endured a hospital stay beforehand, it was on June 15th that he received the news that he had ‘stage 4’ Lung Cancer and had the fight of his life ahead of him.

Fast forward and on the December 14th, practically 6 months to the day he will be told just how effective the treatment has been.

The last 6 months have been strange. Chemo session 1 hit my Dad hard with him barely able to sit up in bed, being very sick and unable to walk a few steps. After this there was a few typical symptoms that crept in with the hair loss and tiredness but he has fought on hard to see through this and on the face of it barely suffered at all. He doesn’t look ill now either, not like he did at the start. To have received such intensive treatment and support in such a small timeframe in itself is overwhelming let alone to deal with the diagnosis too.

I honestly don’t know what to expect from next Monday’s results. Naturally we are all hoping for the same outcome or at least the best outcome possible. What is strange though is that I am not overly concerned. Either way the result will be what it will be. I just hope for both my parents’ sake it’s a glass half full as opposed to a glass half empty. I know how emotional it will be for them during the appointment but I know one thing for sure that they will be there for each other.

My mum wants for nothing more than the Cancer to be gone and that is the only gift she truly wants for her husband this Christmas. Miracles can and do happen. Either way, they will have our love and support no matter what be the outcome.