Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Beginning

Well I'm going to change my blogging (not that I've been doing any for the last few months).

I've decided to blog about our journey through this time in our lives, it isn't fun, it isn't pretty but it is our lives right now.

On December 22, 2006 my husband Ron was diagnosed with a brain tumour, probably the most shocking news I've ever heard in my life. The next day we were 1,300 kms from home where he could get the medical care that isn't available where we live.

December 27th he had the biopsy and we found out it was inoperable and malignant...I couldn't control my tears. The next day he was released from the hospital and had an appointment at the cancer centre here in Kelowna, BC. We spent the next little while with Ron's mom who lives 45 minutes away from Kelowna.

On January 10th we arrived at the cancer centre for his appointment, we knew we would hear the final verdict...we were feeling very positive when we arrived. We sat with the Radiation Oncologist as she told us that he had a grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme...this is very bad. They can't get rid of the tumour, they can only try and control it.

I can't even describe what it felt like hearing those words, this man is the love of my life, the father of our beautiful 3 1/2 year old daughter and I'm being told that he only has a 25% chance of being alive in 2 years. I think I'm still a little is something I can't even comprehend.

His radiation and chemotherapy start on Jan 23rd and will go for 33 treatments (about 6 weeks), he will have chemo for 6 months and then we see what the tumour has done. He will have to see the medical oncologist every 3 months basically for the rest of his life.

We are still 1,300 kms away from home, we were so fortunate to find a great motel that has a wonderful rate for people having cancer treatment here. We have family nearby, Ron's dad and step mom are close by and spending each day with us (thank the Lord they are retired). I have a brother close by and a plethora of nieces all around here, also family who has been visiting us periodically.

We are so grateful to God that he has made that part of this journey much easier to bear. We have a strong faith that we know will carry us through this, we know God is holding us lovingly in his arms as we struggle.

I am blogging this for me, maybe some of you will get a little out of it. This has been a life changing time in our lives, something that I would have never thought would ever happen to me and yet here I am.


Jenny said...

We haven't met Annie. When Laura first posted about your situation I have been thinking about you and praying for you, your husband and your family.
I will continue to keep you all in my prayers!

TANYA said...

Oh Ann! I'm so sorry that all this is happening to you all! I couldn't believe it when I heard about it. I know that I don't know you all that well...but you have an amazing smile and are a very kind person.

You know that you will be in our prayers. We will support you and Ron and Mikayla with our prayers and please if there are any other ways...don't hesitate to ask.

Our God is and awesome God, He will get you all through this. Take care!