May 2010: John received his PET scan results back, HE IS STILL CANCER FREE! It is amazing! Thank the good Lord above! He gets over one hurdle there is another one waiting for him. He had to go for hernia surgery on Monday. He was so nervous. I think more nervous then when he had his bone marrow transplant. The surgery went great, he is doing fine. The doctor said he is healing as normal. John still has so many other issues to deal with besides his illness. I am sure if there happens to be a cancer patient, friend or family member of a cancer patient reading this blog, you will understand what I am talking about. John now has to deal with his employer, and his health insurance. John was diagnosed one year ago with this horrible illness. From what John and I understand, after one year you have to either go back to work or you will be terminated. The health insurance runs out and you are forced to go onto COBRA. Which we all know is expensive. I would like to know where companies expect people who are ill to get the money to pay for the insurance. If you don’t have a job, then where is the money coming from? Is there a magical money tree in our backyard? I just don’t get how they justify what they do. It just amazes me, and then I get angry and sad. I can only do so much. I am trying my absolute best to keep John’s small business going. It’s hard. He is going to have to sell it. I need to get a real job to pay for health insurance. It seems to be, or to me it does anyway, that people these days young and old are working so they can have health insurance. How sad. I will get off my soapbox about that issue.
Back to John, I know we can get threw this. We have weathered worse storms then this. With the strength and our love for each other, I think we are going to be ok. I have to say a big thanks to all our family and friend’s; it helps to know there is always an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on. PS - And the best doggie in the whole wide world!! Oliver Thomas Ferreira Parillo!!! ROCKS! He is the bestest. He always knows when Daddy doesn't feel good.... :0)