I want to introduce you to my husband. He is an amazing man. And he has cancer.
He has spent over 200 days in the hospital during the last 18 months.
This was taken during 1 of the 8 cycles of chemo he had last year.
He has been injected with toxic drugs designed to kill the cancerous cells.
He has been hooked up sometimes for 24 hours with chemo dripping into his body.
And because the chemo is so toxic he would have to be given a rescue drug so the chemo wouldn't stay too long.
These are pictures from his many hospital stays. Each picture represents a different two week hospital stay.
And the collage doesn't fit all of his hospital stays.
The chemo doesn't just kill the cancerous cells. It kills the good cells.
So in addition to chemo he has received blood transfusions and platelet transfusions.
His White Blood Count has gotten so low that he has had to receive daily shots to bring it up because the WBC helps fight against infection.
Looking at him you would not suspect that cancer has invaded his body.
He doesn't look like the typical cancer patient.
But he was given high doses of chemo month after month for a year.
These doses of chemo have wreaked havoc on his body.
In December we were all smiles because we thought that this was his last hospital stay.
In January he began 18 doses of radiation.
And we thought the most difficult times were behind us.
We were able to eat dinner together as a family again.
This time the doctor's could not use the same type of chemo they used previously. He would be given a salvage drug. The drug is a temporary fix. What my husband really needs is a bone marrow transplant. But there are no matches in the system.
My husband spent 3 weeks in the hospital when the cancer returned. His kidney function was down to 25%. His blood pressure was dangerously high. He saw a cardiologist, a neurologist, a nephrologist as well as his oncologist during this stay.