Not sure just where to begin……..If you’re here…….you obviously know what’s been going on. This blog is being written to help give out information about Melanie’s situation to keep everyone up to date and to relieve Melanie and neighbors from relating the story 100 times a day.
There will be several of us posting on this blog…I’m Tim…..the bald overweight but nevertheless extremely good looking brother in law – lol. Let me first start by saying thank you for being there for Melanie and her family. Words can’t express our gratitude for all of the kindness, thoughtfulness and love that has been extended to them.
We are all truly blessed to live in this area with so many wonderfully selfless and amazing people. Know that you are appreciated and treasured.
Melanie said today as she sat on her front porch with neighbors, friends and family that we are all like her own little personal army.
This whole crazy ride started a couple of months ago when Melanie had discomfort in her chest area and was experiencing shortness of breath. She saw a doctor, they did some tests and determined she had gall stones and needed her gall bladder removed.
This was done shortly thereafter, but the pain and discomfort continued and actually got worse. She went into the surgeon’s office to discuss her situation, only to be rebuffed and told to “toughen up.” We will be forming a torch and pitch fork brigade at a point in the not so distant future to let that surgeon know just exactly what we think of his bedside manner.
She went to her family doctor and shared her symptoms with him…so he ordered an X-Ray. It was thought that she had pneumonia. Her chest cavity was filling up with fluid making it even more difficult for her to breath. 2 liters of fluid was removed last Monday. On a subsequent CT Scan a mass was detected in her right lung.
On Wednesday 2 more liters of fluid were removed from her chest cavity and a biopsy was performed on the mass in her lung.
Friday morning, Melanie went into the doctor’s office and was told the horrible news that she had a malignant stage 4 cancer in her lung.
This was to say the least, a huge shock. Nobody expected this to even be a possibility. It seemed like a cruel joke or at the very least a bad Twilight Zone episode.
She has seen several specialists at this point. More tests will be done tomorrow and then we will have a better idea of what her options will be for treatment in the immediate future.
All things considered, she is in good spirits. She is strong and otherwise in good health and is ready to fight this with everything she has. I fully expect her to beat this and live a long, happy and healthy life.
She is an amazing woman, with amazing abilities and strengths. She will do everything she can and knows that her husband, children, extended family and friends will also be committed to helping her in any way possible. Please get behind her and help her with this battle.
We also welcome any and all positive outcome cancer survival stories….please share them with us in the comments section.
We will post regularly as new information is shared with us. We thank you for joining in our fast today and in advance for all your thoughts and prayers. They are all so greatly appreciated.