Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Penny's cystoscopy 2 weeks ago........ opened Pandora's box (hence the reason for not having written anything in the past 2 weeks as it has been hard to absorb / articulate).
There was definitely cancer cells (very evident to the Urologist), and he removed them and had them biopsied. We found out last Friday afternoon that they were "High Grade papillary urothelial carcinoma with invasion into subepithelial connective tissue". We discussed with the Urologist, the "options" last Friday. She is to undergo another round of chemo (this time, she will be getting treated with Valstar <Valrubicin> - 6 straight weekly treatments). We are hoping that will resolve this latest spread of cancer. If it doesn't, Penny is looking at a Bladder-ectomy (removal of the bladder) and all that entails. She has been told, if the cancer is still there at the next Cystoscopy... that in order to prevent it's spread, that it is in her best interest to have her bladder removed... otherwise, her condition could turn terminal. It was that very thing that hit both Penny and I hard. Penny has showed such resiliency / bravery regarding her condition and I only hope to be as such if I was to ever come down with such a diagnosis (she has endured so much in her life, she is an inspiration to me and those whom we know). We will get through this with God's helpful hand. If it wasn't for the support of our church friends, friends, and family... this would be so much harder to go through.
Regarding Penny's father,
It has been over 2 months and his services have ended (through his Insurance Company). We are still trying to get the Neuro-psych evaluation done (his attending physician has put in the order, but we are still waiting on "Healthspring". With Penny's additional treatment coming up, we are at a loss as to how to continue being the solution when he is so adamant that he is "fine" when he isn't.
I spent over 4 hours at the VA last week (the Neuro-psychologist testing). I will be going back to Lovell on April 2nd in order to do the follow-up with the Neuro-psych regarding their final assessment (which includes the results of the Audiology department) plus I am to be fitted for a CPAP machine to deal with my "severe sleep apnea".
It appears that congress is still going to keep extended unemployment benefits hostage to the political process, so we are now looking at the worst case scenario..... bankruptcy (as the doctor still states I cannot "return to work" and the VA / Social Security are still reviewing my Disability case). So, we are at the end of that rope......
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Posted by Steinar Andersen at 1:01 PM