So last night was one of those nights when real life takes over from music listening and blogging. About six to eight weeks before my son Peter and Missy’s wedding, Missy’s brother Will was in the hospital and being treated for pneumonia when the doctors discovered spots on his lungs and he was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer. It appears to be mostly in in one lung and at that point it was unknown whether the spots on the other lung were cancerous. It was hoped that it was not and then the bad lung could be removed. When the other lung was biopsied it too was cancer. Will, a non-smoker, was a classmate of my son Andrew and is 28 married with a cute little boy. After some radiation treatments it appears that there is no more cancer in the one lung and the tumor in the other appears to be dead and has shrunk 30 percent! It’s hoped that it will keep shrinking to the point that an operation to remove it may be possible! Last night we attended a fund raiser for Will and Nicole at Prospectors in Mount Laurel. There were many baskets to be raffled off, a band and an outpouring of love for Will!! One of the things that Will an Nicole have learned during this ordeal is that there is not a lot of funding first for lung cancer and more specifically for this type of lung cancer. Here is an article about lung cancer Understanding Lung Cancer and here’s a Facebook page WTF(Where’s the Funding for Lung Cancer? which links back to this page.
This is our second recent brush with cancer as two years ago Andrew’s best friend Jorge Veguilla was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Recently we went to a combined birthday party for him and my wife which also marked a year of being cancer free for Jorge!!
So let’s all remember to do everything we can to fight ALL cancers because cancer has probably touched us all in some way young, old, rich, poor cancer doesn’t care. If anyone is interested here is a link to a 5K in Philadelphia on November 7 Free to Breathe
Oh, by the way between naps and watching the Yankees get pummeled after coming home last night, I did finished Tess Gerritsen’s Ice Cold will comment later today!!