My husband was recently diagnosed with Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare aggressive cancer. This blog details our journey with this disease...
Monday, November 5, 2012
A collegiate swimmer fought a battle with Synovial Sarcoma from 2004- 2006. In reading his experience with chemo, the doctors were amazed that his blood levels would rebound miraculously overnight. He was an exceptional athlete and this helped him tolerate chemotherapy much better than most. Jon Dephouse is in this camp. It looks like nadir hit Saturday evening...and it has been uphill since then. For those of you unfamiliar with chemotherapy, there is a distinctive parabola of dropping to the bottom of the curve and rising again. The hard part is sinking into the curve unable to see the bottom. Sunday was better than saturday, but he waited with baited breath. Today Jon walked a mile to my office and drank a tea from the coffee shop. Yes--it may be a little soon to be walking about in public, but it was energizing to leave our bungalow. Jon shaved his head preemptively this morning...and looks more like an ironman than a "chemotherapy patient". He is resting in this paradigm. Again, we are so moved by the outpouring of love from our friends, family, and anonymous well-wishers...Your prayers, support, and community hands are the backbone of Jon's recovery. He reads every comment and every text--even if he can't respond... and extends a tear-filled "thank you".