The best conjecture at this point is that it's stage 4 lung cancer metastacized to the spine.
Skip had a CT scan Friday (yesterday) to confirm the diagnosis and to see how far it's spread. Once we know that, we can talk about treatment-- kind and length of chemo etc.
I've started the process for family leave, since I've just been plunged into that very time consuming and heart wrenching part of the medical care system that deals with cancer diagnosis and treatment. I get 12 weeks- pretty much the term-- at full pay. Thank God, since it's impossible for me to think about things like class prep right now-- and I can't imagine grading student papers.
On the up side, we rewatched American Splendor, that wonderful film about Harvey Pekar last night.
And I've gotten Our Cancer Year from the library-- seems like the best way for someone like me to ease into the dizzying world of cancer-lit.
I've started a site that's just devoted to Cancer and Skip news
Find skip’s site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/
This one will continue to be more about me and what I'm reading/seeing while trying to come to terms
with the idea of chronic cancer