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This Never Ending Day

It’s unbelievable how everything can be going along smoothly with everything falling into place when suddenly…BAM…your whole world changes.  That happened to our family today.

My brother hurt his back a few weeks ago.  He was in a lot of pain but is stubborn and didn’t go to the doctor.  A week ago, his leg started hurting as well.  Today, he couldn’t put weight on it at all, so I forced him into going to the emergency room.  What we found out shocked us.

He has a basketball sized tumor growing in his abdomen, and it has destroyed his left kidney.  He has some type of bone cancer, his lungs are full of it, too.  His spine was weakened by the cancer, so when he lifted a chair, it broke his spine.  He had no symptoms at all until his leg started hurting.  We thought it was connected with his back injury.  Never in our wildest dreams did we think it to be cancer.  He has not felt ill, has a great appetite and is very active.

I guess this is a horrible reminder to get yearly check-ups, even if you feel great.  It’s terrifying to think that this monster called cancer can be in us at any time and we won’t even know until it’s too late.  Take care of yourselves and your family.  Don’t take anything for granted and enjoy your life!  We never know when our time is up.

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10 thoughts on “This Never Ending Day

  1. I wish I knew what to say, GrannyK, aside from sending you all the positive thoughts and prayers I can. It makes me feel truly helpless. On a brighter note, your post here today and Cheeky Diva’s (http://wp.me/p2BTAP-Hj) have inspired me to schedule a checkup tomorrow. You’re so right about not taking things for granted. I’m thankful you shared this.

  2. I’m so sorry, grannyK. This is such sad news. It makes me think of great author Reynolds Price, who was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor… stage four. He lived many more years and wrote a book about the experience. Two lessons… first, it is possible to survive even when doctors say you won’t and things look most bleak. Second, your brother will have to say goodbye to the person he was before illness struck. That person is gone. His new self will be different… not worse… just not the same.

    Best of luck and prayers to you and your beloved family.

    • Thank you for the comment. He’s a tough person, and I hope he keeps the attitude he has now. He’s taking this better than the rest of us are! He had a battle with cancer 26 years ago and won, so we are hoping against all odds that he can do it again!

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