What stage are we at?

I get that question a lot...what stage?...what is the prognosis?...how long does he have? I realize those are questions that are normal when dealing with cancer....
This rare blood cancer that he has is unpredictable....it has no rhyme or reason to it...So I always have a difficult time answering those questions...
What stage: Stage IV
What is the prognosis: There is no cure for this cancer
How long: No one can tell us that (and I am not sure I would even want to know)
Today, we went to the dentist...Michael has lost a lot of teeth from this cancer (it is one of the weird things that it does) and now we have found out that he also has significant bone loss in his mouth...
So...the dentist is going to consult with the oncologist....who will consult with the VA doctors who will council us (do you follow that!! ) Because of the blood clots and being on the Coumadin plus the fact that his immune system is compromised they are not sure what the next steps would be....leave it alone....pull the rest of his teeth to prevent infections...So now we will wait till next week to find out the best plan of action. And take it from there....
So what stage are we at?
We are at the stage where we just do the best that we can each and every day....we smile when we can....we laugh when we can...we sit and talk...or just sit....we tell jokes and we play with our grandson...we get together with family and friends more...and we live life the best that we can each and every day.

3 comments:

Merry ME said...

May the God of your understanding bless you with smiles and peaceful, painless moments. May your love be stronger than the cancer and everything else you are dealing with. You and he are in my prayers.

Brenda said...

I love you guys........
bb

Pat Dalke said...

Dear Pattie:

My thoughts and prayers are always with you both.