Diagnosis Confirmed

We got the call this morning. It is now official that Corey has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Tomorrow we have an appointment with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. We’ll finally get to ask some questions and hope to make some more decisions about where to go for treatment.

Now I realize I started out with the diagnosis and did not really give any background to how we got there. So cue the swirly flashback scene, because here we go.

We’ve been married for three wonderful years. But throughout that time, every few months Corey would get this sharp, constant pain in his side. Usually if he cleansed his system and changed his diet some, he was fine. But then it would come back again a few month later. For the past three years this pain has come and gone six or seven times.

This last time was the worst.

The pain came, but nothing was helping. It continued for days and it got so bad that Corey was shaking from the pain.

April 11th, 1 a.m.: Time to go to the hospital.

We went to Northside Hospital with a less than stellar outcome. They took CT scans and did some other tests to let us know that Corey had a funky rib and sent him home with the advice to follow up with his primary care. No meds for the pain, no treatment plan to look into.

Thankfully, we have an amazing doctor looking out for us. Dr. Karges looked at the CT scans and the report from Northside Hospital. He told us this was much more than just a funky rib. He directed us to an oncologist.

“I’m not an alarmist, but I want to make sure we get this checked out.”

The best decision we could have made. We got a biopsy of the bone and muscle at St. Anthony’s on May 3rd. What a difference that was! The people there were so kind and so attentive. My favorite had to be the attending nurse, Ms. Helene. She really took care of my husband. Many thanks to her if she ever reads this.

The results took longer than we would have liked (but who ever wants to wait for that to begin with?). But on Friday May 12th, we went to see the Florida Cancer Specialists and we got the news. Then confirmed this morning.

So there it is. It took us three years to get to this point, but at least now we know what we are facing and what we need to do. The next step is to figure out where we need to go.

Just have to take it one day at a time.

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3 thoughts on “Diagnosis Confirmed

  1. Thank you, Kim, for sharing this journey in this way. We will pray through the storm with you from far away physically, but right there emotionally. (Steve still on maintenance for his prostate cancer).
    Remember, Jesus is in the boat with you and Corey as you go through the storm!

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  2. We love you both. Family is so important and our son and you are such a blessing. I know famlies have interesting intricacies, but we never have given up and we won’t now. God has this, even though we don’t know His plan, it is still His plan. You are a wonderful wife. Love you both.

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  3. I just want to make sure you both know I am a pray-er and I will be praying for both of.you. There is so much I could say….ppl I’ve been through this two year treatment with and uplifting anecdotes, my own cancer experience….but I am simply sending love, prayers and support….and will be continuing. Colleen and Howard

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