Cancer: the full story.

by Lesley on November 6, 2011 · 13 comments

in cancer

If I’m going to be writing about Jonathan’s journey through cancer, I should probably start from the beginning since I didn’t really do that last week when we were still processing the news. I’ve written a little bit about it here and here. But, if you need a better idea about what happened, I’ll explain:

Jonathan went for a routine physical two weeks ago on October 28. He gets a physical every year or so just to make sure hisĀ cholesterolĀ is in check. We recently got on new insurance, plus he’s been having some chest pain since August, so the combination of those two things led him to scheduling a physical. The chest pains, he’d been told, were heartburn. Anyway, he goes in for a physical and the doctor essentially tells him that they never find anything during an average physical anymore. Then he pats down Jonathan’s neck and finds a rock hard lump on his collarbone area. And then he calls an ENT doctor immediately and makes Jonathan go get blood tests, and a chest x-ray. By that very night, just hours later, Jonathan had seen a specialist and also gotten a CT scan. The CT scan came back 48 hours later and showed 4-5 spots in Jonathan’s upper body which basically confirms that the lump is some type of lymphoma but we are not yet sure what kind (there are 60 types) or the extent to which it has spread. A biopsy on November 11 is scheduled. After that surgery we will meet with the surgeon and an oncologist to hear what we’re dealing with.

We’ve learned a lot about cancer in the last two weeks. We’ve learned NOT to Google things about lymphoma because it can be scary. We’ve learned that everyone has opinions to tell us about care. We’ve learned that sometimes these opinions are great and sometimes they are not the least bit helpful. We’ve learned that everyone knows someone who has beat cancer (and everyone knows someone who has died of cancer.) We’ve learned that we have an incredible community of support surrounding us, and that we wish everyone could be so blessed to really know the depth of love we have already received. We’ve learned that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is AWESOME and a great resource to call when you just don’t know where to start. We’ve learned about brokeneness in a new way; and that’s a good thing. We’ve learned that maybe our faith in God is too small. We’ve learned that even young and healthy and handsome guys get cancer- and there’s no reason or blame- it just happens. We’ve learned that we’re not in control… we are not in control.

So, that’s that for now. Amongst baby blog posts and weekend updates and other silly things I like to write about, we’re adding cancer to the mix. Welcome to the journey.

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Lesley
Lesley

Everyone: THANK YOU! :)

Laura Good
Laura Good

Lesley--I'm praying for you, Jonathan and Anna.

Sharon
Sharon

Sam and I are so blessed to have you, Jonathan and Anna in our lives. And we are honored to walk through life with you guys. My hope is that the times that Sam and I are truly encouraging and helpful out weigh the times that we only think we are.

Brett
Brett

Ashlee and I will be praying hard today for his surgery and for his doctors. We're around all weekend if you need us.

Stacey
Stacey

Holy cow. We're praying for you guys through all of this. Please let us know if there's anything we can do.

Julie Fraga
Julie Fraga

Lesley-I'm praying for healing and peace for Jonathan and for your family as a whole.

Dugans
Dugans

Just wanted you to know that we're thinking of you and praying for you and Jonathan. I recently found your blog and have loved reading your funny and touching posts, you are a fantastic writer. And Anna's halloween costume, cutest thing ever! You're all in our thoughts - Jenni and Jason

Colette
Colette

Praying for you and Jonathan, Lesley. For healing, comfort and a miracle!

alysun
alysun

Your brave to share all this. You are also brave to receive all the love along with all the well-meant advice. Can't imagine how this experience is changing you both. And I agree, our faith is probably too small. May God grow you strong and sure in His image!

Tabitha
Tabitha

This is so heartbreaking to read, and I can't even begin to imagine how scary it is to be in your situation. Praying for healing, patience and peace!

Laura Doyle
Laura Doyle

Lesley, Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for sharing your journey. Thank you for being honest, as a mother, a wife, a best friend. I keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Katie Monley
Katie Monley

Thank you for sharing your journey Lesley. I randomly started reading your blog (through Anna's blog) a couple of weeks ago and was shocked by your news! Nate and I are definitely praying for you guys, and for Jonathan on Friday for his surgery. (BTW: Baby Anna wins best baby costume this year for Halloween. Hands down.)

Sarah
Sarah

Google MD is the scariest doctor ever. Every time I have a cold, I self-diagnose that I have AIDS.