|Just some of that fab support network & fav wedding pic.|
|December 2010 - A chemo we will go.|
Enter cancer. And it had other plans for our life.
|Summer of radiation, 2011. Maddy was turning 6.|
After Jason’s lung surgery in September of 2010, chemotherapy was once again in order. So, that December , he began the next six month bout of cancer-killing drugs, a lighter round this time though, since it didn't contain the harsh drug oxaliplatin like the first round, though other ones that complicated life a bit, to be sure, were added. Dr. Rapson added a new infusion treatment called Avastin, which would continue even after the 12 cycles of chemotherapy were complete. Avastin’s job is to slow the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors, essentially to stop the spread of any cancer through the body. The drugs may have been a little ‘lighter,’ but they did affect him and his body, and of course his mind and emotions. He had symptoms, but as always – he didn't complain - to you, to his coworkers, or to his boss – he worked through it, he lived through it, he raised Maddy through it because if he did not, life would have gone on living without him through it and that would not do, it just wouldn't. The track we were on seemed to be a good one for the time being. We had a plan with Dr. Rapson and we felt good about it.
|A true Avett fan!|
The activity increase wasn't a lot, but enough, of course. Just enough to be bugged about, to look into, to worry about, and yes, to treat. This time, that summer, the summer of 2011 – now two years from the initial diagnosis - Jason’s treatment was radiation. So Jason began a six-week course of daily radiation therapy, which was said to be very effective. In fact, two PET scans later proved just that – activity in the lung was decreasing. All was right in our world and we were back on track ready to make plans - yet again.
Our family has a favorite band, as many of you know. Jason and I have seen The Avett Brothers in concert a number of times and we've even taken Maddy to one of their shows. Maddy and I share a favorite song on their most recent album called Live and Die. She never remembers the name of the song and instead calls it Track 2, its place on the album, which is perfect. Every time I hear this song, I consider how perfectly it aligns with my life. The Avett Brothers, unbeknownst to them (unless of course they've read all the stalker mail I've sent… just kidding… hee, hee… hee), have gotten me through a lot of emotional situations these last years; they are my go-to band for emotional rescue and that song is a great reminder of our journey and our growth.
No matter what cancer throws at us, or life gives us. No matter which track we are on, we will always have each other.