Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting to start again

 So now we are waiting to start again, in a manner of speaking.

 The chemo was set to start again, but got pushed back so Robin could have her hysterectomy. That got pushed back a week for some reason or another. But now we are a week out from it again. Hopefully it will happen this time, because none of us want to keep waiting, since we would still be four weeks out from when they wanted to do another ultrasound.

 Hopefully it will be over and done, and the pathology will be clear on it. We are hoping for that, but our fortunes don't seem to go that way. We can still hope though.

 Also, I am rather lucky that my job is working with me for the time off I need in all of this. Many people can't say that. For all it's shortcomings, working for the government does have perks sometimes, and the leave time is one of them. Having a good administration above me is another one. My lieutenants and Captain and Warden are a good crew, and I can honestly say the last time that I had people above me that cared that much, it was when I was on active duty.

 We are a week out from surgery (again) and a few weeks out from chemo starting again. We have a lot of road ahead of us still.

 If you could say a prayer, if that's what you do, for four children who just lost their mother, and a husband who just lost his wife, I would ask that you could. That is my biggest fear right now, and a friend of my sister-in-law's just died, leaving behind a young family. From Influenza. Sometimes God kills Mothers, because he has to. The wicked and profane seem to live on though, just watch the news.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


 I've mentioned a few times before about how thankful Robin and I are that she is the one going through this, vice one of the kids. Not that anyone is ever thankful for cancer, but it is less bad I guess, but either way, it's not one of the kids.

 One of the guys I work with was blessed enough for his daughter to have a pretty nice malignant brain tumor.
I believe she is right around Meg's age, and she is being treated down in Hershey. So, everyone, if you could, keep them in your prayers. Also, if you can, and would like to, I have information about how to donate to a fund we have put together for him and his family. I know they are spending over 30 dollars a day in gas, plus copays and everything else that I am sure they are racking up.

 So, perhaps something a little more temporal would be just as helpful to them as praying. So, like I said, if you are interested, contact me on facebook or here, and I will guide you in the right direction. Either way, keep Tim and his family in your prayers.

 On our end, we are doing well. Robin has a hysterectomy, and I am apparently dealing with a slight case of depression and anxiety, and Meg and I are both bandaged up from slipping on the ice. (She sprained her wrist, and I think my knee has finally stopped bleeding.) I hate winter.

Spring is coming... someday.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


 It appears we are now in the recovery process. Robin will still have another 5 rounds of chemotherapy, countless sessions of chest wall radiation treatments, and then reconstruction.

 Oh, and a hysterectomy too. But after that, that should be it for a while.

 So, we still have a long road ahead, but we are moving in the right direction. The more people I talk to whose lives have been touched by cancer, the more I see how important it is to stay strong for one another. Having family around for support is invaluable also.

 I know the people who have helped us with the kids have been invaluable. It is just an amazing difficulty logistically to get back and forth to all of these treatments, but we have made it this far with all the help.

Hopefully though, things will be fairly clear from now on.