Tuesday, March 31, 2015

And during Passover, too

Today Laurie told us she has stage four cancer. That it started out being ovarian cancer and spread to her intestines and lungs. They are talking about going to some cancer hospital in Houston, Texas next week. I am a little confused by this - isn't Sloan Kettering supposed to be like, the best? Plus, wouldn't a NY hospital be more capable of helping a patient during a Jewish holiday than a Texas hospital? Or maybe they'll just skip Passover this year.

This is kind of shocking. How do you go from being fine to having stage four cancer? Shouldn't you first have stage one? And two and three? We knew she was sick but didn't know what exactly was wrong. Josh even joked that it might be "dental work" she was recovering from. He is beyond devastated. 

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

MD Anderson regularly vies with SK as the top cancer hospital in the USA. You'll be glad to learn we have Jewish people here in Houston too, Sam. It's not all cowboys and rednecks. :-)

So sorry to hear this about Laurie though. Cancer pretty much sucks.
Kathy

RC said...

MD Anderson is a pretty top notch cancer center. Sorry to hear about Laurie. :(

Most women don't even know they have ovarian cancer until stage 4.

Suzanne said...

I am so sorry, Sam. Think good thoughts for Laurie and the family.

Suzanne said...

(I am thinking...)

Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

Sam, I'm so sorry to hear about Laurie. Sending warm thoughts and get well wishes to you and Josh's family.

Abby said...

Early symptoms of ovarian cancer are so nonspecific that either women don't pay attention to them, or they get brushed off or misdiagnosed by doctors. A stage four diagnosis is unfortunately pretty common.

Anonymous said...

That totally sucks, I'm sorry.

Nina said...

I am so sorry, Sam. That's devastating. My thoughts are with you, Josh, Laurie, and your families.

Amanda said...

Sometimes one clinic has the best new treatment or drug trials for a specific cancer and with good insurance and financial resources you can pick and chose where to go for the best treatment for your type of cancer.

I'm sure this is devastating news for all of you. I was watching the PBS special on Cancer as I clicked on your blog and a couple of the new ways to approach changing the cells to fight the bad cells are amazing.

My best to all of you, and I'm sorry that you are yet again facing adversity. You have certainly had more than your fair share.

Karen said...

Sam, does Laurie plan to be in Houston for seders? We live about 1 mile from MD Anderson and would be happy to have her at our seder. My dad volunteers with the Jewish Family Service chaplaincy at MDA and we've had patients at our seders before. If she won't be here for seder but needs kosher for Passover arrangements for next week, we can help with that, too. I'm so sorry to hear about her cancer.

Kizz Robinson said...

Ovarian cancer is a sneaky bastard. It's very hard to catch until it's gotten quite advanced. I'm so glad that Laurie will have the best care, wherever that may be. I'm so sorry that all of you guys are going through this. Cancer sucks.

One crazed mommy said...

I'm so sorry Sam - hoping for the best for Laurie and sending positive thoughts to you, Josh and the family. Cancer sucks! :(