Sunday, July 6, 2008


To all of my subscribers and visitors, I apologize for not posting lately. It's been quite a busy couple of months for my family. My father was hospitalized at the end of April with pneumonia. During his many tests, the doctors discovered both a lung mass and a small blood clot. Of course, the blood clot took priority since it could be immediately life threatening. After a lengthy stay in the local hospital, he was released on blood thinners. During his follow-up with the lung specialist, we were given two options regarding the mass.... we could repeat a CT scan in 2-3 months to see if the mass had grown, or we could take the risk of taking him off blood thinners to have a biopsy done. After much discussion and weighing risks and benefits, we opted for the later. So, in late May, we took him to Lubbock, TX, to have the biopsy. From this point, June is a blur. He was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer. We have done many other tests to see if he would be a candidate for surgery and to see if there was cancer anywhere else in the body. Luckily, the PET scan showed no metastisis of the cancer! Also, his echocardiogram and lung function tests both showed he was borderline for surgery. He went to Albuquerque this past week to see a cardiothoracic surgeon, and has been scheduled for a lobectomy (removal of one lobe of the lung) on July 15th.
Please keep us in your prayers, and I will post updates.

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