Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Almost Done!!!

Getting excited to be done with radiation and weekly chemo treatments next Wednesday the 28th of May!!  After that,  just two more chemo treatments on Jun 18th and July 9th.  Those will be a triple dose of the drugs John is currently getting. 

John will just drive to Santa Monica the night before, spend the night, get the treatments and drive home.

After that,  just PET scans every three months to make sure the tumor is totally gone.  

We can't thank everyone enough for all the help, visits, cards, and messages.  It's been a long haul again but we got through it again too!!  

We are looking forward to getting back to our normal lives, just in time to enjoy our lovely back yard and swimming pool for the summer!!  

Stay tuned, I will post some pictures soon!!  

Love,  Elaine & John

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Great News Today!!!!

John is feeling great after hearing from his Dr. that the tumor has shrunk at least 30% of it's original size!!  There is no more pressure on his lung or esophagus so he is breathing and eating better so he naturally feels much better.

His eating habits are back to normal and he's gained a few little pounds which he desperately needs!! His spirits are high.

John had a scan today to get an accurate reading on the tumor so his radiation oncologist can target what is remaining of the tumor more accurately now that it has shrunk so much!!


Thanks for all you support!!  Love, Elaine & John

Monday, April 28, 2014

Two weeks done!!

John is starting to eat better now so the tumor must be shrinking!!  Yeah!  After a busy weekend with family visiting, John is with his brother Rick who is taking good care of him and feeding him well.  Rick's main task I left him with is to fatten John up a bit.  I think he's doing a great job!!  Thanks Rick.  

John completed 9 of 33 treatments and two chemos so far.  No icky side effects from chemo yet, hopefully there won't be any.  All else is well. 
John taking a walk on the sunny Santa Monica Pier.  One end of the famous Route 66, which he hopes to ride some day soon!!
Novalis TX Radiation Machine
John lays motionless on this for 20 minutes each day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

First Week Done!!

We've been here over a week now and things are going ok.  We've already had a  some visits  from the Kluve's!   Charlotte is such a cutie she brings so much joy!!

Natalie arrived yesterday too!!  John is happiest when he is with his children, and now of course, with his granddaughter!!

John has completed 5 of 33 radiation treatments and one chemo treatment so far.  He is doing OK, a little tired and not able to eat much other than liquids and pureed foods.

Radiation is daily and chemo once a week.

Our apartment is nice and very convenient to everything.  We can walk to radiation treatments and all the shopping we need (Trader Joe's, Target, Rite Aid and Ralph's).  Don't need anything more than that.

Stay tuned for pictures!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Here we go again...

As most of you may know by now, John has been diagnosed with Metastatic Lung Cancer.

Wow!  We were blind sighted by all of this, as life was going so well, enjoying family, friends, travel, and everything good that goes along with all those things. Things are still good though. There are so many positive things in our lives and the only worry we currently have is getting John the treatment he needs.

 We are so lucky to have so many family members and friends that have already helped so much and continue to help us through this.

 Thirty sessions of radiation concurrent with chemotherapy to knock this thing down again starting Tuesday 4/15/14 (don't forget to pay your taxes!!) at UCLA.

 I will do my best to keep the blog updated as things progress, so check back periodically and leave John a note.

Much love,

Elaine and John