The Biggest Obstacle We've Ever Face..

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I'd never been so thankful for a hernia my husband had repaired. It slowed him down to give him the opportunity to get what we thought was an aggravating case of acid reflux diagnosed as a stage 4 (A/B) head and neck cancer (throat actually)He has one chemo session done and has had weeks worth of radiation. The fist week honeymoon is over and sideffects are kicking in. You guys don't have to say anything. I'm just asking for prayers. <3 Diane

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Thinking about you and hope

Thinking about you and hope he'll soon be better. Is it the skin effects from the radiation? or swallowing? One of my husbands friends went through chemo/rad tx for tonsillar cancer with lymph node involvement. His worse time was the rad skin burn. He also carried water all the time to help with swallowing. He has since recovered and is now celebrating his 8th year. I hope you will find encouragement here and remember with each treatment complete you're one less treatment to go. Let us know how we can help you both. We are here to listen!

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My thoughts and prayers for

My thoughts and prayers for both you and your husband Diane!

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The side effects so far

aren't too much for him. Thank God the insurance has covered what he needs to be comfortable and dry mouth issues.He's lost alot of weight and tastebuds are out of commission.I'm giving him supplement drinks and shakes.
Lantanalane,your friend does give me hope, there is node involvement. The doctor's are all from Brown U. and the team we have are so easy to talk to.
Mouse, thank you and this week we meet the surgeon who will install the gastric tube (That's going over big LOL)
Well, I have to be in work in an hour, and the Dear MIL is coming over at 1 for visit, anyone want to come over and do a light dusting , I'll make you tea ... Just kidding she's not like that and has sent a case of oranges and almost every other day get well and encouragement card. Now she's home from Fla. Have a good day, <3 Diane

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Prayers To You and Your Family DiJean!

I know it feels like forever to get thru difficult minutes and hours, so be patient with yourself and I hope that the rad will heal your hubby. So hang tough, hang tight and speedy healing to get you thru this!

Take care,
Corinne

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Prayers from across the pond

Don't ever forget young lady the sun always rises no matter how black the night. My prayers will be with you and yours, Godbless you and keep you all safe in His love,
Colin

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We're Counting on the Prayers

The stomach tube goes in next Wed. It's more like a safety net, in that it helps give Gary an edge by keeping up his weight. The rawness in his throat has made him more ready for it, no matter how uncomfortable and sore he'll be.
The nurse sent us home with a bagful of ensure. so that was a blessing.
Tomorrow will be the 10th radiation treatment, 25 more to go.
I forgot to say gary had 3 different appointments today.Two were with the Chemo Dr. and the Radiation Dr and both were vocal about the diminishing size of the area. I'm not counting my chicks ahead of time but it sure lessens the pain for gary <3 Diane

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More ammunition fir the fight..

Gary came home around 6:30pm.He's still shaking off the groggy feeling. The feeding tube is in without incident.The gastroenterologist (sp??) gave us the ok to start tomorrow. So, the very, very patient nurses gave me instructions.I had a practice run flushing it with 120 cc h2o a half and hour ago. This is a temporary safety net for his caloric intake. the stronger Gary is, the better to fight as the chemo and radiation are very taxing.
"...the strongest drug of all- good health and real necessity." B. Pasternak

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Wishing you

the very best of everything with this journey you both are embarking on. So sorry you have to go through this terrible thing.

Thanks,'
Elsie ./.

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One thing i've learned...

How taxing a day in gary's life can be for him. It's just too much.
The infusion Nurse visited today and showed us how to care for the site, did a bunch of paperwork and watched as we did a feeding.
Thanks Elsie :)
Monday is going to be hard. the 16th radiation treatment (out of 35), a CT scan, and Chemo and hydration. Then radiation and hydration the next two days.
sigh...

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