I have some non grandparent-related posts slated for the next couple of days, but you guys have been so wonderful in your support that I thought I’d fill you in on the latest.
They both had an appointment to discuss their test results on Friday, which confirmed that Grandma is currently cancer-free! They are going to keep a close eye on her mass, but right now we are all so beyond relieved that she is in the clear right.
I did not believe it was her time yet for a second, and thinking she would have to suffer through chemo or radiation was pretty unbearable. I’m so happy that she’ll have the strength and good health to see grandpa through whatever is to come.
As far as he in concerned, the PET scan revealed that his tumor has grown and spread to the lymph nodes since it was discovered, but that it is the “non small cell” type of lung cancer which apparently means it’s the slower growing type. That is about as un-technical as it gets, but I’m trying to keep away from the Google in these matters. .
Bottom line, it’s going to be a long and probably painful road for him, but we’re all going to be there for the ride and we’re glad to have at least a little more time to learn as much as we can from him as possible.
He still maintains that he does not was treatment, and I think at this point we’ve all more or less come to terms with that. He has agreed to meet with an oncologist to discuss how he can manage it, which we’re all very happy about.
All in all, things have turned out much better than I had feared. The doctors filled our heads with a lot of doom and gloom at first, asserting that they were almost positive they both had cancer while not necessarily moving very quickly to confirm that fact. I have chosen not to be pissed off about that (even though I kind of want to be), and to just be grateful that we’re in a much better place than we expected.
The fact that this news came about right after I wrote a post about my wavering faith definitely has me thinking, and feeling a little bit more assured in things than I did. I don’t know if it was for me, for my grandma or just the way things were supposed to happen – but I feel like God was listening.
Thanks again for all of your support as I’ve been going on and on and on about this. I think things are settled down enough now that I can resume normal posting about eating too much and being inappropriate, so let’s all just look forward to that.