Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Not-So-Happy Endings

You know how sometimes you get to read one of those awesome stories how an individual develops Cancer, then goes through treatment, fights hard, and comes back Cancer-Free?

Unfortunately, that is not our story.

Ken is back in Vancouver after blood tests revealed possible issues... possible issues that turned out to be a relapse of Lymphoma, just 12 weeks after finishing treatment.

He is positive, and keeping good spirits.  He is so strong, and I'm so proud of him.  We're both scared.

The Cancer did not come back like it was the first time - there is no primary tumor, and it has spread into his bone marrow.  He needs high doses of chemotherapy to attempt to drive it into remission, then he's going to have to have his bone marrow effectively destroyed, and then have a transplant to replace it with healthy, non-cancerous marrow.  When we get to that point, we will be scouring high and low for as close a DNA match as possible (usually siblings are a person's best bet, but Ken is an only child).

Your positive thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.  It's going to be another long haul, but I'm hoping that in 8 or 9 months, Ken can announce that he is Cancer-Free, and ready to take on the world.