|July 20, 2009 - Steve - an
active, happy 65 year old - running everyday at the beach.
On Sabbatical - New book at publisher- Invited to give speeches in Athens, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Amsterdam
- No signs of foul weather
|July, 2009- Hip begins to
hurt. Steve pushes on through for a few days - its probably
just a pulled muscle. Stops running. Sees a physical
therapist. problem still gettig worse. Goes to primary care physician.
After some time, gets referral to orthopedist.
|September 2 - Hip still
other pains in lower back and other places. Diffuclty walking.
Can't concentrate on work. Orthopedist takes x-ray. Says it
hip. Suggests hip replacement. He says other pains are just
referred pain. Steve is doubtful. Pains get worse and
spread to other parts of the body.
|Steve goes to his primary care
physician. He says the strange ways the pains are
spreading suggests some kind systemic problem. Suggests half
jokingly -Cancer. She says it is referred pain.
|~August 27 - Finally get
appointment with star orthopedist - he says hip doestn't look good
but the other pains are strange. He thinks maybe it is
problem. Gets referral to neurologist.
|- Orthopedist orders a steroid
into the hip joint. Should tell if he problem is indeed
hip. Doesn't make much difference - suggests something else going
|~ Neurologist tests the nerves -
everything seems ok. All the strange pains are a challenging case
- orders more sophisticated tests
|- Pains getting more severe and
widespread, can't walk. Steve goes to primary care physician -
complains about extreme strange pains. Steve usually never complains
about pains. He suggests cancer
again. She says referred pain - orders more powerful pain killers.
|- Oct 5. Physical therapist
there might be both back problem and a hip problem. After a few
Steve gets appointment with Spine/back specialist. He takes x-ray
of the whole spine. Yes, he says the spine is the problem -
fractured vertebrae (strange to have that without trauma like football
injury) and collapsed spine.
|Signs of Foul Weather
|Oct 15 - MRI taken
|Oct 20 - MRI shows strange white
spots in spine. Orders full CAT scan
|Oct 20 - Steve goes to scanner
expecting one hour session. Cat scan shows cancer in lung and
many places in bone- Stage 4 cancer. (This syndrome is somewhat
common - starting in the lung and then moving to the skeletal
system. Steve has tumors in his hip, rib, spine etc.)
The cat scan also shows deep thrombosis clots - one in lung, two in the legs. Dangerous because can cause stroke, heart problems as they circulate around the system. They send him to emergency room. Steve admitted to hospital.
... some one hour scanning session.
|Oct 22 - Oncologist starts
chemotherapy - start with 3 cycles of chemo. Some nausea, fatigue
etc. If it works the chemo poisons go everywhere
there are dividing cells and stop the cancer. Then with luck, the
body begins to build back damaged tissue.
|For now difficutly moving
-fragile bones everywhere. No guarantees about
Notice the bunny at the bottom- bet on him
|One piece of good news
There don't seem to be any tumors in the brain
Notice the one scan looks much like a clown
Any good vibes either for working with cancer
or blowing it to smithereens will be much appreciated.
|I've always been a problem
a proponent of looking beyond the common
and a child of light
If there is a way out of here, I may find it.....
Thanks and love to my family and friends for all the support