Sunday, March 09, 2008

So It Is

Sorry to have to say it, but my dad does have lung cancer. We don't know yet the prognosis, etc, but he will begin radiation treatments next week sometime. Well, we all are pretty devastated even though we kind of knew this would probably happen at some point since he smoked all his adult life. I can't get angry at him for smoking because I understand that times and the world were much different when his habit was entrenched. And he did drastically reduce it in recent years.

I feel a bit numb right now, though moments of emotion break through. It recalls the sadness and disappointment of my mother's and grandmother's illnesses over a decade ago. Knowing that we all face these things in life doesn't make it any easier when it happens.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

2 comments:

The Guy said...

Hi Rae,

You're right, getting angry at the past wouldn't help anyways. Having faith is the challenge and the hope.

Not to raise any false hopes, but your dad's doc might want to look into Avastin:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avastin

My prayers are with you and yours.

dhammett said...

Wow, Rae Ann. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. It blows me away that it takes so long to make that kind of diagnosis. A similar situation happened with my dad about 14 years ago. He, too, was a lifelong smoker (I can't count the number of times he tried to quit). When he was having some physical problems, the docs didn't think to look at his lungs. How does that work?!

Anyway, please know that you, your dad and your family will be in my prayers.