The Monster in the Closet

This summer we put cancer “in a closet” and tried to forget it was there. Honestly, it was never completely gone from our minds, but we created a world where it didn’t rule our lives. We lived. This was a welcome / deserved hiatus; but now it’s back to reality.

Lindy (and her parents) traveled to The University of Michigan Cancer Center Tuesday for a brain MRI, CAT scan and bone scans. Last time she had them done there was cancer developing in her lungs. That was early summer. Metastatic breast cancer starts in the breast and works its way to different locations in the body. Lungs, brain, liver and bones are some of the places where this cancer typically takes refuge. As of today, there’s no cure for metastatic breast cancer. You fight the cancer as best you can, manage pain and concentrate on creating quality of life for the patient.

On Wednesday, we found out that cancer has returned to cerebral (back) portion of Lindy’s brain. This will explain the headaches. The cancer in the lungs has doubled in size and more spots were noted.

We met with Lindy’s oncologist yesterday and reviewed options for treatment. There’s two viable options for treatment. The first is a more standard approach, Gamma Knife for the brain tumor with a round of I.V. Chemo for the lung involvement. More screws in the head don’t sound so good to her – imagine that.

The other option, involves participating in a clinical trial for a new drug not yet approved by the FDA. It’s only open to 40 people in the United States. Lindy’s condition makes her a prime candidate for this experimental treatment (triple negative breast cancer with brain metastasis), so we’re trying to get approved for this new study. If she’s approved, chemo will start in Ann Arbor twice a week the end of the month. So far, it’s looking like this is the way we’re going to go. We signed the 25 page consent form and are working through all the details now.

Please pray that we may fully submit to God’s plan. I’m 37, Lindy is 34. We have a seven year old and twins that are almost three. This situation is hard on them. This should be the happiest time of our lives. Instead, we’re battling for life. Emotions are running high, we just need peace to continue walking this road; where ever it may take us.
Cancer is the Monster

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4 Responses to The Monster in the Closet

  1. Amy Sluiter says:

    Dusty, I am so very sorry. I don’t know what else to say. You guys are never far from my thoughts and constantly in my prayers. I pray that you can know God’s peace (peace that passes understanding) in a very real way.

  2. dani says:

    dusty,
    I am praying for you. That you are able to care for your family and for Lindy. That you do not grow weak are tired. May you find your strength in the Lord.

  3. Tricia Cranmer says:

    I was just thinking of you, Lindy and the kids. I decided to check your blog to see what has been up. Ironic how things work sometimes. My thoughts are with you and most important prayers. Praying for comfort and strength for all 5 of you…

  4. Anita says:

    Thank you for the update and thank you for your honesty because it helps us pray better and more specifically for your needs as well as the needs of Lindy and your 3 kids. We love you and will continue praying without ceasing.

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