My husband, John, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. He had a colonoscopy on thursday which found a walnut sized tumor. The biopsy results came in on friday which showed the tumor to be malignant. We have an appointment on monday with the surgeon and a cat scan scheduled for wednesday so things are moving swiftly to take out the tumor and see if anything has spread. He'd been having some problems (pain, pressure, bleeding) and the GI doctor expected to find Crohns, so this tumor was a surprise even to the doctor. Colon cancer is typically slow developing. Routine screenings are recommended every 10 years. John had a clean colonoscopy in 2006 so we're hopeful that this tumor was caught early.
When I first started blogging in the summer of 2008 I worried at first that I wouldn't have time. It would be fun at first and then the novelty would wear off and it would be a chore. I decided that I would keep my posts brief and pretty much stick to the crafts. This has worked out great and I'm usually exceeding my original goal of 3 posts per week. But over time I've made so many connections with other bloggers that I just feel like this is something I can't not share. So if you're still reading, thank you!
Now there's something else I need to talk about. Something I should have shared months ago. Our little boy, Willie, is autistic. We received this diagnosis in July and he was put in the mild to moderate range on the spectrum. I could go on for pages and pages with his story but I'll try to keep it brief! We were first concerned about him when he turned 1 and wasn't yet talking. I remembered my daughter having some words at 1 and the pediatrician told me not to compare the 2 kids and give it more time. Well at 18 months still no words and there were some other concerns, such as he wasn't stacking blocks and was still mouthing his toys. We got the process started with Early Intervention and scheduled an appointment with a developmental pediatrician from Children's Hospital of Phila, which we had to schedule months ahead of time. We had his hearing tested and that came back normal. By the time we got the appt with the developmental pediatrician we had been working with a speech therapist, occupational therapist, and education therapist for a few months and were starting to see some progress. At that point I had made peace with the diagnosis I knew he was going to receive. Since then we've added a behavior therapist, therapeutic support staff, and mobile therapist. He's also recently started in a 2 year old autistic preschool program that he's doing wonderfully in. The class is limited to 4 with a teacher and an aid. All 4 are boys, all around his age and at about the same functioning level. Willie has always been very attached and dependent on me so this preschool has been a good thing for the both of us.
So I'm trying to stay positive, but geez when it rains it pours!
I took this picture on Halloween. John and our daughter, Mary Rose, went to the World Series.
I stayed home and took Willie trick or treating to a few neighbors houses.
So that's my story. I'll keep updating as things develop with my husband and as for Willie I don't know why I've been so weird about sharing his condition up until now, but I'll update on him as well.
Thanks for letting me share.