Thursday, November 19, 2015

Trying Not To Think About It...

Scanxiety - The anxious feeling one gets while waiting for their cancer detecting scans.

December 2, 2015 - Colonoscopy.  Chad and I will be traveling to Paris, Tennessee for Dr. Williams to complete his colonoscopy. The hope is that, of course, everything is clear in there but also to determine if there is scar tissue or twisting causing Chad the intense cramping discomfort. 

December 3, 2015 - CT Scan (With and Without Contract). We will be headed to Marion, Illinois for the scan, followed by an appointment with Chad's oncologist, Dr. V. The hope is that his scans come back 100% clear without any evidence of disease. In the cancer world, that's referred to as NED.

Aside from a sinus/head cold Chad can't shake (again) he is getting by. He can't take medications to treat the cold because they make him dizzy and nauseous. He had to come home early one day this week because he was so sick.

We also have some additional stress dealing with large medical bills that the VA is declining but we're still working on those, so we'll take them one day at a time.

For now, I am thankful for another day and as always - we appreciate your love, prayers and support :)

Monday, November 9, 2015


The appointment turned out to be what we expected - rather uneventful. I haven't yet decided if I like Dr. Williams or not. He didn't have much to say, just asked a lot of questions.

He thinks Chads weight gain could just be a calorie thing but not sure. He also thinks some of the bloating could be a result of IBS and/or pain killers. He didn't provide any clues or explanation to the cramping and pain aside from possible IBS.

What he DID do is schedule Chad for a CT Scan and a Colonoscopy. (which Chad needed anyways) He already has a 6-Month check-up scan scheduled for December so our hope is;

1. They move the CT Scan (with and without contrast) up a couple weeks
2. They allow us to go to Paris, TN to have it done instead of Marion, IL.

Since the CT Scan and Colonoscopy have to be done on different days, it would save us two-two hour trips, whereas Paris, TN is only 30 minutes away.

We will know more once we hear back from the doctors. I will keep everyone posted!

Much love for all your prayers and positive thoughts!