First, my apologies to Royal for borrowing and changing his thread title. Our stories are so much alike I did not think he'd mind. He and I, and a few others, have been in contact as this developed. This will serve as an update to them, but news to all others.
We learned this past week that Linda has contracted a particularly aggressive form of multiple myeloma, a cancer that effects the plasma in the blood. Although treatable, this form of cancer is incurable. This came about very rapidly having not been visible on x-rays taken in March. However, by the end of April an MRI showed multiple tumors on her spine.
We begin tomorrow with a three pronged approach including IV Therapy, radiation, and steroids. The prognosis for the next 2+ years is good, though a recurrence is inevitable. The primary concern now is to prevent further damage to her spine as every vertebra has a tumor and one has totally collapsed. This seems the be the primary cause of her constant pain. Once the cancer is ‘under control’ spine surgery will follow to try and repair the damage done by the tumors.
Linda is in good spirits and is up to the fight. Please remember us in your prayers.