Over the last week I’ve done tons of research, interviews, and tests and have learned many things from the endeavor … some good and some bad. I’ve learned, for example, that malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive, virulent, and powerful forms of cancer. If left untreated for even a short amount of time it can spread rapidly …extremely rapidly, in fact. So needless to say this upcoming week’s procedures are indeed necessary for a good outcome.
On Thursday, March 19th, St. Joseph’s Feast Day, I will go into hospital for a nuclear body scan, an excise of the remaining mole (tumor), and a biopsy of the sentinel lymph node. This is to determine the stage of the cancer as well as if and where it may or may not have metastasized. Despite the results whether positive or negative the protocol of the conventional medical industry is to commence long term chemo and radiation. Obviously, this will require the need for an oncologist.
While I don’t discount modern medicine, I believe that the motivation of most of the industry does not necessarily coincide with the individual interest of the patient. Regrettably, Americans are a litigious lot; most doctors fear legal and financial ramifications of their treatments even if the modalities go well. As a result many treatments and procedures are primarily given for a “cover your butt” point of view from the medical industry and not necessarily for the benefit of the patient. The result is that patients are given a Bum’s Rush by the medical profession to undertake procedures, operations, etc. without the requisite need of the patient to study and understand not only the disease, but also, the procedures, options, and alternatives that might be available. Realistically speaking, can a week, or two, or even three make that much of a difference, in most cases, to allow the patients to research and understand the situation? As in most of life’s circumstances prudence and due consideration is an absolute to determine the best course of action, and an allowance of a mere several weeks would not seem to be unreasonable or detrimental in most cases and is in fact prudent. In my situation I’ve spent the better part of my days since the discovery of the melanoma nine days ago in various doctor’s offices, on the phone, or on the internet researching and interviewing to get a full grasp of the problem at hand and the best method to utilize. I don’t discount or disparage any particular modality whether conventional allopathic or alternative but simply wish to find the most efficacious and least side effect laden method. I’m fortunate due to my circumstances to have the time and inclination to pursue the research in the limited amount of time to act allocated by the conventional doctors but would have preferred at least three weeks to exhaust all avenues of research.
Over the first four days of next week I still have much to do including some chores around the ol’ homestead that require heavy lifting, as I’m told I will be out of action for the remainder of the week and well into the next. Additionally, should the doctors and I decide to excise the remaining lymph nodes and / or the chemo and radiation, (which I’ve not ruled out), I will be down for the count for the foreseeable future. Needless to say my time to accomplish needed chores will be limited and hectic.
I ask for your prayers, most especially St. Joseph, on whose feast day I will undergo the procedures to intercede on my behalf. At the end of the day, so to speak, I place all things in the hands of God. Also, may people we know are afflicted with the same malady and may be in much worse shape, please pray for them. The Lord giveth (health), and the Lord taketh (health) away! Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Meantime, continue to pray the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, regardless of our individual needs this is most necessary to the plight of the world in the times ahead.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.