Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What Kind of Cancer Does He Have?

A lot of people keep asking, well what "kind" of cancer does your dad have? I wish I had something easy to say like, “oh, he has bellybutton cancer”.  My dad has adenocarcinoma, currently of unknown primary.  I've been doing some research today on this disease. I figure it will help me be more prepared for what the doctor has to say on Friday and for the upcoming war on cancer. 

"Adenocarcinoma is a cancer occurring in the cell tissue that lines glandular types of internal organs."  Whatever that means.  To find the "primary", so far he has had a scan of his lungs and then tomorrow he has a scan of his colon and upper GI tract. I don’t envy him a bit. I can only imagine how nasty that milk of magnesia tastes and the nasty effects is has on the colon! But I digress…

My mom told me we shouldn’t google these things. I didn’t at first. But now, I think I am a little more prepared to handle it.  I am like my dad – a realist. Tell me what I’m working with so we can start the battle and fight. I hope he brought his good attitude for the battle.  Apparently, doctors say attitude can really affect the outcome of a cancer patient. I’m working on my attitude as we speak. On the taxpayers dime of course.  

If I could be anywhere in the world right now, I'd want to be in Atlanta.  I hope he knows I'm there in spirit. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh, for sure you're dad knows you are with him in spirit. He loves the blog and reads it more faithfully now than even the NY Times! of course your dad is supposed to be drinking extra fluids in anticipation of the tests tomorrow. Your mom says he has to drink an extra 8 ounces of water each time he reads your blog because he loses that much in tears of love!