Nov. 15, 2021

November 2021

It has been 4 months since my last post. There have been a lot of changes in my parents’ lives in these months.

However, one thing has NOT changed….he continues to beat the odds….his cancer remains STABLE! No growth and no spreading! Best. News. Ever.

His poor little kidney does continue to work hard and struggle but refuses to give up. Thank goodness! The latest results show that it is now at 37% filtration which is the lowest it has been but only by 1%. We believe that next blood results will show improvement and this was just a small fluke.

Between these tests, there is a lot that goes on. There are side effects of his Whipple surgery that I won’t go into detail that the doctors are still trying to figure out. Maybe next post that will come out when we get more information.

I know this website and these posts are about my dad’s cancer updates and they will continue to be, however, I do want to mention that through all this that my dad has been and is amazing. It has to be difficult not to get lost in something so intense, stressful and painful as this. My dad still does so many things for so many people.

Sometimes when we are hanging out with family you can just see him get lost in the happiness around him. He grabs forts for the grandkids, always has ice cream, telling stories, mentioning 100x that his brother is coming to town without probably even knowing it, stopping by to walk your dogs (and fix the golf cart), going to the casino (haha)….he does so much for the people around him and gets excited about things (brother visiting) without noticing (I think) how much it means to the people around him. Well dad, I notice. I notice you fighting. I notice you happy. I notice when you don’t feel good. I notice all the things you do for me and the ones around you. And I hear you when you laugh to yourself to take a picture. Keep laughing dad. Keep laughing.