We received the results of the FNA (biopsy) of the lymph node. With heavy hearts, we report that it came back positive for cancer. It doesn’t change the current treatment plan as it had already been changed because of the fear that the lymph node was cancerous. If the current plan of increased radiation and chemotherapy does not work, then Will will have another surgery to remove the lymph node. This will be performed by the same surgeon who removed the tumor. We feel in very good hands with him. He is an incredible surgeon, but we hope and pray that will not have to take place.
Will started chemotherapy this past Tuesday. He will continue to have radiation Monday-Friday for the next 4 weeks (2 weeks completed!). He will have chemotherapy every Tuesday for the next 4 weeks as well. The chemotherapy lasts about 4-6 hours each time. His last day will be February 19th. From what we’ve been told, he is going to be quite miserable and the side effects will be worse because he is receiving the two treatments simultaneously. He has already had an extremely challenging time, so I can’t imagine it getting worse. Please pray for him to have strength. His speech pathologist told him that for the next 4 weeks, he just has to do whatever he has to do to endure and get through it. Will you pray that he will be able to endure and get through it. Will you also pray for me to be strong for him and serve him well even in the midst of my own fear and exhaustion.
Will’s days have been very unpredictable. He had a few great days this past week without much nausea and a good amount of energy. He was able to spend time with friends, laugh, crack jokes, share about all that he is going through. Then Thursday, he had one of the worst bouts of nausea yet. He was unable to keep anything down and we ended up in the ER that night for the 5th time. The doctors were able to get it under control and gave him IV fluids. He is still very weak, but seems to be a little bit better than he was.
We are extremely thankful for the days of mercy and we have seen God’s kindness even in the hard days. But, we are just so desperate for things to get better and for Will to be completely cancer free. It has been an incredibly difficult journey and its taking its toll on us. We will never give up the hope of healing or stop fighting for it. We just ask the Lord to be merciful to us, to bring relief from these horrible side effects, to heal Will’s body from every last cancer cell, and to give us contentment and joy in the midst of this incredibly difficult time.