Here is Dads story in a little more detail. Please bear with me, it may be long winded, but I feel this is the right place to share my feelings, worries, hopes with you all. I'm an only child, and without brothers and sisters to talk to, confide in, cry with, I know that each and every one of you will relate to some of this. Although each person dealing with the diagnosis reacts diferently, and those closest to them react differently too. I sometimes shocked myself at some of the thoughts running through my mind days after dads diagnosis.
well here goes............... Dad was admitted into hospital with suspected heart failure, in August 2009, he spent 10 days having different tests and so many different scans, he couldn't remember the name of some of them. After about 5 days, he mentioned to Mum and me during visiting hours that a consultant had been to see him and told him they had found a 'module' ( yes, thats what dad called it)
in his lung, and it was about the size of a halfpenny 1cmx1cm. That was it, that was all he told us. And to be honest we kind of dismissed it, as his heart was our main concern at the time. ( Little did we know eh?)
Dad was discharged from hospital and over the weeks with the right dose of medication his heart stabled, but he needs to be on about 7 tablets a day now. An appointment card came through the door for a CT scan, we presumed in was for his heart, and only discovered 2 weeks later that we were in the chest clinic and that they would be keeping a close eye on this 'module'
for at least 3 years for signs of change.
Well that got the alarm bells ringing, and I started to delve into all things lung related, and it only then hit me that this could be cancer. Dad was a heavy smoker, I think all the pictures of my childhood my Dad is there in the background with one in his hand. He stopped smoking 17 years ago, more because he begrudged paying so much money for a packet, rather than health worries.
Dad was offered a PET scan after the 3rd CT scan showed little if any change, The consultant mentioned scar tissue, oh how wrong could he be? PET scan was performed on 13th April and results were back on 21st April, I knew as we walked into the consultants room that this was not going to be the news we wanted to hear.