I was starting to worry that we had not heard from the oncologist because it was terrible news. As it turns out, it was really good bad news.
Jake’s cancer has not ‘officially’ metastasized. There were some lymph nodes that could be questionable early metastasis but there were no obvious tumors in his lungs or abdomen (aside from what we already knew).
His treatment plan is a three day regimen of intense radiation (this plan is a little less radiation than the 15-20 day option but far more radiation that the palliative approach). Then Jake will be done with treatment and he will just live a life of joy until it’s time to go be with Melvin. We expect him to have about six months. There are no guarantees so while it could be shorter, it could always be longer too. I’m glad his treatment will be quick so that we can get going on the joyful part.
To make it slightly more challenging, the telling sign that his cancer is winning the war will be increased hind leg weakness. Funny, right? That is something that will already be on the decline due his spine issues. Way to keep me on my toes Jake!
I know that Jake will let me know when it’s time. For now, I’m grateful we have options, I’m so happy we can have a little more time together. His next six months will be packed with sweetness and love. This is so much more than others get; we will take it with gratitude and won’t waste a single minute of it.
Have a great weekend!