Hoshi Cancer Chronicles, Vol. 3

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hello Loved Ones,

Once again thanks for all your love and messages, they really keep us going. It is such a wonderful feeling being soooo loved! Y'all are wonderful. People have been offering to prepare meals and this is something that is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with. We have been moving around so much between the hospital, home, staying with friends, that it's been difficult to figure out how to make best use of your offers of help. It looks like there will be a little more predictability for doctors appointments now that treatment is just around the corner. We will delegate someone to coordinate meals for those interested in cooking. [actually it started today-this was supposed to be sent couple days ago, oh well]

We've got some good news to share this week:
2) Mark got his PEG tube
3) Treatment starts February 11 (There was concern of delaying another week, phewww).

Busy week again, started with finding out Mark got the Tarceva for the clinical trial, which sent our spirits soaring. He has been taking it every night since Monday Feb 4th and is now showing a side effect from that medication. The Oncologist mentioned acne is something to be celebrated because it correlates to the success of the medication. Well, Mark has found the fountain of youth; so guess it would follow those tumors are being starved and choked, too.

Tues/Wed, Mark and I went to visit dear friends in Bellingham with the goal of putting a few extra pounds on him and taking a last dip in the hot tub before his PEG tube placement was scheduled. Our friends surprised me with an early birthday gift of a 90-minute massage! Ahhhhh sooo needed that, THANK YOU. Thursday the PEG tube procedure went smoothly, thankfully it was much less eventful than the tongue biopsy. I think Mark is gradually getting used to having a tube sticking out of his stomach. Poor guy had to go 36 hours without food, luckily we ate a few days worth up in Bellingham!

We received a stack of papers outlining Mark's "patient itinerary", seriously that's what they call it. After the PEG tube, we went downstairs for the final dress rehearsal before Radiation begins-check out the video of them marking his mask. Treatment schedule starts Monday, February 11th with Mark's first Radiation starting at 10am and first Chemo 11am till about 6pm.

We'd like to ask you all to focus energy, prayers, thoughts, wishes, etc on weekdays at 10am - Mark's tumors will be under those Radiation beams and we'll be envisioning those "unwelcome guests" as he refers to them, being zapped to oblivion while the surrounding healthy tissue is protected from damage. Much love to you all...until next post xoxoxo
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