As a Certified Cancer Coach, My desire and passion are to help those unfortunate souls going through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is a difficult and often time lonely journey, though it need not be. I know this to be true, I’ve experienced it personally.
If you have ever endured the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, then you understand the fear, pain and frustration that come with it. If you have been the care-giver, then you know what it’s like to watch a loved one go through an incredible battle against an enemy that seems at times to have an unfair advantage. It was a very difficult time in our lives when my husband Jamie battled for survival and Lisa supported him to get through.
Here’s our story….
The summer of 2003 brings back memories of incredible joy and appreciation that was suddenly interrupted by pain and uncertainty. Our kids show cattle, and we spent a week at the county fair together enjoying our family time, working together and sharing in the festivities. Towards the end of the week, Jamie, my husband, became burdened with pain in his lower abdominal/groin area. By the end of the week, Jamie was really struggling with the pain. Being a registered nurse, I was suspicious about the symptoms and sent him to the doctor immediately. After a round of antibiotics and ultra sounds, surgery was the next step. The bad news: the orchiectomy came back Embryonal Carcinoma – Testicular Cancer. The good news: it hadn’t metastasized – yet.
After follow-up visits and more scans, the phone call came the first of November. It had spread to the lymph nodes and chemotherapy was now a necessity. It was one blow after another – first surgery, then the diagnosis followed by the horrific treatment. It brought us both to our knees. 9 weeks of intense chemo (At least there was a structure to the chemo plan, along with the encouragement that Lance Armstrong had successfully made it.). We were fortunate to have the same doctor that Lance Armstrong had, Dr. Larry Einhorn, a critical part of our medical team. It was an incredible battle for a short-term intense treatment, but by the Grace of God, Jamie came through a winner. However, the anxiety and anticipation of re-occurrence is still an after-thought.
Unfortunately, Lisa’s father was not so lucky. Lisa lost her dad, Roger Cole, to AML in 2004. He was first diagnosed in 2000 and with treatment, had been in remission. In May of 2004, just 6 months after Jamie’s treatment, it reared its ugly head again and Roger was re-diagnosed.
The induction part of the chemo took him to the edge, hanging on by a thread. He was in the Bone Marrow Unit for 6 weeks at a time. 3 rounds of induction (chemo) and then the fight to survive, until the next round of chemo. The chemo wiped out every single white blood cell in his system and the battle for immunity was at stake. It was after the 2nd diagnosis out of remission in May of 2004, another round of intense treatment, and the 6th induction, that Roger’s body eventually gave out and called it quits. His incredible spirit and outlook on life live with us today. He was a fighter – He fought the battle with all his might, but it was way bigger than he, and he went home to be with The Lord on October 13, 2004.
As loved ones of cancer survivors and those we have unfortunately lost, our hearts and prayers go out to anyone who is suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Our hearts touch anyone who has survived cancer and our hearts go out to their care-givers. It is an unimaginable disease and until you are impacted by it, changes you in a way only those with experience can understand.
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We would love to know your story if you are willing to share it with others. Email your story to us and we will lovingly post it to our blog. Not every story is written by a survivor – it’s the nature of the beast. It’s a battle for all involved, and we simply want to share with you because we know this road… it’s not an easy one.