By Ann Hellmuth
I'm always amazed at how quickly life can change. A casual remark, a phone call, a meeting, a trip to the doctor.
On Tuesday i had my regular checkup with our family doctor and happened to mention that my husband had a bad cough. "Get him in here right away," my doctor ordered. "He needs to be checked."
The reason for the concern is that last year my husband was treated for Stage 3A non-small cell lung cancer. He had intensive radiation and chemotherapy, sometimes simultaneously. One thing led to another and he suffered a major heart attack, which left him with aortic stenosis. But after a few months the cancer was supposedly vanquished, he was building his strength at cardio rehab and seemed better than he had in years. The doctors were even talking about being able to operate on the heart.
At the end of August, my husband headed to Germany to celebrate his sister's 81st birthday. He got back last weekend.
On Wednesday, after I delivered the doctor's orders to get in there quick, he saw our doctor, had a chest x-ray, which showed problems, and on Thursday morning had a CT scan. At 6 p.m. Thursday a nurse called to say the CT scan showed a 5 mm node in the place where the cancer was before. He needed to see his oncologist. We are now facing a Catch 22 situation. The heart condition could prevent fullout treatment on the lungs and the lung treatments could affect the heart.
Back to Google to try and find out what everything means. On the plus side the node is small. Meanwhile, being League president will help me keep focused on other things. Hope to see you all at the Oct. 12 Hot Topics on the high price of domestic abuse.