Thursday, October 6, 2011


Hi guys,

I wasn't planning on updating my blog any time soon, but someone @  inquired about it- and I immediately became inspired to do so. Amazing how that works ha? We sometimes look for positive support, feedback and inspiration from family (when times are hard) and end up receiving from someone we never even met or seen.  So it doesn't matter where all that comes from, as long as it blesses and fills your heart with joy.   

The worst thing you can do to someone who's going through hard times is to offer advice. But the best thing you can do is to listen and encourage. "Thank you for your encouragement. Who ever you are."

Last weeks chemo didn't happen due to his liver enzymes being to high. As his blood work came back they immediately told us he had to do an ultrasound to see what's causing such a high level. Although he was happy about no chemo that week, we were still wondering what's next for us.

Later we met with Dr. Vashi for the ultrasound results. And learned that they found an obstruction in his bile duct, near the stem- (the stem they placed in him back in Feb, 2011). Which means he needs another surgery called "Biliary drainage tube". A tube that they place through his skin (on his right side) into the bile duct to drain the bile fluid that will not empty into his intestines.

We understood clearly that without this procedure he can't go further with chemo. We just looked at each other and said, "Well, it's gotta get done. So let's do it." (tough times won't break us, they will make us.) Later on we also went and prayed by ourselves. But is there a special time and place for prayer? Nope. Anytime and anyplace.


The surgery went well but the blood work came back positive for an infection in his blood. So he stayed in the hospital for two days. They had him on antibiotic but they weren't sure if it's the right one for that specific bug- and didn't want to send us home with the wrong antibiotic. I totally understand their concern- and trust their cancer care completely.

He's finally home now, doing good, and trying to get adjusted to the new tube and bag on his side. Although I can't feel his pain, I do see all that he goes through. Everyday he thrives and survives to live. And he appreciates his life a whole lot (as he tells me). I think those who appreciate life the most are those who have experienced the most pain. And I know all that he's gone through just to survive. I love him for his strength and will to live. 

"DON'T STOP BELIEVING." A quote I live by everyday. I will never ever stop believing in Luis's healing. That's why I wear that shirt so much. :o)

Until next time.....believe in someone who is ill, and they will believe in themselves. 

"That's one of the most important things for caregivers and family members to understand. Especially in the beginning of a patients diagnosis."          .


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