Monday, December 7, 2009

A scare.

Last week Travis started having some pretty bad lower back pain. It persisted through the whole week, so when he went in for his treatment on Thursday he mentioned it to his doctor. The doctor said it could be just a pulled muscle (fingers crossed), but it possibly could mean that his cancer has spread to his spine.

Friday Travis went in for an x-ray in the afternoon, and we spent the weekend terrified and waiting.

I wish there was some way I could explain the anguish of waiting for results this big. This life changing.

If it had spread, that would mean the treatments that have miraculously been working thus far, have stopped.

It would mean that once again, we'd have to start brand new in figuring out how to deal with this awful disease, and I don't really think emotionally, (I) could handle it.....

But, after waiting all weekend with visions of doom, we learned that Travis has arthritis in his spine, or degenerative spine disease.

We don't know much about it, but what we've found out by looking on line is that it is just gonna cause him pain (more pain. Poor Travis), and sometimes it will flair up, and others he wont feel it at all.

We are so relieved that the cancer hasn't spread. And I find it a bit sad and pathetic that we are all so happy that he has arthritis.

Over the weekend we had so many people praying for us, and so many people fasting for us. I can't tell you how very blessed we felt. We have beautiful friends with big old hearts. You all mean the world to us.

Thank you.

Travis is thinking of starting a pool: Which body part will fail him next? (He said it jokingly..)

10 comments:

Guymon Family said...

Whew! What a relief. Not that degenerative spine disease sounds like some picnic, but considering the possibilities, I guess that is a blessing! Although I think you guys have had too many scares lately! Seriously, If anyone deserves a break I think it is you guys! BTW I will take the girls tonight and pick them up. Tell Trav to go home early and snuggle up with you on the couch. I think you need a do-over on your weekend!

KIRSTEN said...

I am sorry that you guys had to experience such a long weekend, but am very happy to hear that Travis is just getting old :).

Trisha said...

Horrible yet relieving at the same time. I'm so sorry!

Watkins said...

I'm so sorry you had to worry all weekend. I would have loved to give you a hug. I hope Travis will not have to deal with too much pain. Our prayers continue to be with you.

angie curtis said...

I haven't talked to you in a long time, I am so glad to hear it has not spread. Have you heard of the Gamma Knife (sounds scary)? My aunt had it, it helped a bit. Good luck. You can bet I will give you a shout out in my prayers!

Chanelle said...

YAY for arthritis!!! Again, you guys just amaze me with your beautiful spirits and positive attitudes about the whole crappy deal. I can't stand the thought of what that could have been, and I am so glad it turned out to be much less serious.

Ashley Mae Photo said...

I am so glad it hasn't spread, you had me worried! Im sorry he has arthritis- that is miserable but I guess you gotta count blessings right!?

Haylee Munk Brown said...

I am very very very glad that the cancer has not spread, but from someone that has degenerative disc disease along with him, I also feel bad that he has to have this as well :( Hope it doesn't cause him too much more pain. Just so he knows that thing that helps me most keep my back pain away after my back surgeries is swimming. It keeps my back strong so I don't herniate more disks which is possible with degenerative disc and spine disease. That and pilates....wishing you guys well!!

The Gundies said...

I know it is hard to describe that doom feeling you have when things like this happen. You want to think positive but you have had bad experiences with it before and don't want to get your hopes up. I am sorry that the diagnosis was arthritis, but thankful that it is just that. You are in our prayers this holiday, even more so now that Travis must endure more pain. It isn't just a physical pain, but an emotional one for the whole family and I am so sorry you have to live with it.

Mandy said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog! My heart goes out to you and your Travis. You have been at it soooo long. I'll be following your blog now, cuz we're instantly connected like long lost friends! :)