My Dad's Journey with Cancer
It has been 4 months since my last post. There have been a lot of changes in my parents’ lives in these months.
However, one thing has NOT changed….he continues to beat the odds….his cancer remains STABLE! No growth and no spreading! Best. News. Ever.
His poor little kidney does continue to work hard and struggle but refuses to give up. Thank goodness! The latest results show that it is now at 37% filtration which is the lowest it has been but only by 1%. We believe that next blood results will show improvement and this was just a small fluke.
Between these tests, there is a lot that goes on. There are side effects of his Whipple surgery that I won’t go into detail that the doctors are still trying to figure out. Maybe next post that will come out when we get more information.
I know this website and these posts are about my dad’s cancer updates and they will continue to be, however, I do want to mention that through all this that my dad has been and is amazing. It has to be difficult not to get lost in something so intense, stressful and painful as this. My dad still does so many things for so many people.
Sometimes when we are hanging out with family you can just see him get lost in the happiness around him. He grabs forts for the grandkids, always has ice cream, telling stories, mentioning 100x that his brother is coming to town without probably even knowing it, stopping by to walk your dogs (and fix the golf cart), going to the casino (haha)….he does so much for the people around him and gets excited about things (brother visiting) without noticing (I think) how much it means to the people around him. Well dad, I notice. I notice you fighting. I notice you happy. I notice when you don’t feel good. I notice all the things you do for me and the ones around you. And I hear you when you laugh to yourself to take a picture. Keep laughing dad. Keep laughing.
The definition of a dad found online.
/dad/ noun informal. a male parental figure that is present and participating in a child's life.
The definition of my dad.
Jim Burhorn /person/. a male parental figure that has impacted his children, friends, and other family members in ways he will never know and words cannot explain. A fighter, hero and inspiration to his children, wife, parents, brothers, and others that don’t express it enough. A caring person that is willing to help whenever and wherever he can. A person that works hard, loves with his whole heart, laughs while taking a picture to smile, has a dry sense of humor but can make a large group of people laugh….a type of person that everyone wishes to meet in their lifetime.
My dad is not a “normal” dad. He is a dad that exceeds the expectations of a normal dad. He has always chosen to be a role model for his children and others around him on what a decent and loving person is and looks like in this world. I am saying this because it is true. I am also saying this because when we got the news, I am about to share….as I cried because even though we were told this day would come you never want it to (obviously)…I texted my best friend (of 17yrs), Michelle, because my husband was at work…her response shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did.
She said, Paige. This is your dad. If this was anyone else, I would be worried but your dad is tough and a fighter. He has been winning and will continue to win. End of story.
Then, I told my husband. He said the same thing, he said, your dad is tough and a fighter. He will get a game plan with the doctors and will get this.
Then, my mother-in-law…same thing.
The list continues. I saw then that others see what I see. They see my dad as a strong, fighting, wonderful person that will do what it takes. He has beaten the odds and he will continue to with doctors, a treatment plan and prayers.
Sorry about the rant, the facts:
My dad’s cancer is back. Not spots in his liver back, but like BACK. He has a 5mm tumor on the tail of his pancreas. There were never any tumors on the tail of his pancreas. There is now almost a 1 inch tumor on his liver, in addition to all the small tumors that were already there. His one and only kidney is functioning at an all time low…37%. He has an appointment on the 28th with a kidney specialist which will hopefully help the kidney function increase drastically but nothing will be done with the tumors at this time. We just have to wait…4 months until the next scan and hope that nothing grows or spreads.
Dad, I know that it is kinda weird and crappy that during times like this you find out your impact on others but you have made a huge impact on so many. There are so many people behind you right now. Let’s get a game plan and keep winning! This is just a little hiccup.
Prayers, good thoughts, love, etc. are needed. We all know he is a fighter but love and support during this time is always good <3
Who thought you would strive to be unremarkable in certain aspects of your life?
Four months ago, the MRI on my dad did not go as planned. The contrast was not put in at the right time so the scan came back with limited information. So, this time they did a Gallium scan (HD) that my dad did when he did his PRRT treatment in Houston.
My dad’s cancer was documented and described as unremarkable. No signs of cancer on the pancreas since the Whipple and unremarkable, tiny tumors on his liver! I have never been more excited that my dad was told he was just an average/normal boring, cancer patient. No excitement. That is what we pray for when we have a family member fighting an illness.
When he told me, I told my husband and mom that I wanted to go in the corner, roll into a ball and start to cry. It has been such a rollercoaster that it is simply amazing that his body, physically and mentally, has been able to continue to fight after the Whipple surgery, Chemo pill and Radiation treatment with only one kidney working at 43%.
His oncologist has now pushed his scans from every 4 months to every 5 months! Dad, you amaze me every day in how great of a husband, father and papa you are…all while fighting this internal battle. You are a fighter and I am so glad that you are my dad and my kids’ Papa B. Thanks for being unremarkable for once.. 😊
The world is experiencing a time of uncertainty. For some it is scary because of the economy, some employment, or lack of, some the presidency, some health…and some ALL of it. There is enough bad talk happening on social media….as I feel there is almost every time I go to post. Right now, for people saying the virus is a hoax or not as bad as the flu or a common cold, etc…well, this is my blog, keep that to yourself please. Think about others. Think about this…
My dad. (To name one).
My dad is a fighter, as are MANY others are in this country and around the world. They are fighting autoimmune diseases, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, even small children have health issues…so if you are a healthy person expressing that…well I am happy for you that you are healthy but not everyone has the privilege to be healthy.
Today, my dad got news that his health stayed the same! 😊 No growth, spread. His kidney is hanging in there. 😊 Great NEWS!!!!! So, he stayed “just as healthy as normal.”
My dad is not taking risks and he shouldn’t. Neither should others around him because, real or not, why risk it? He is worth it!
There have been so many people along the way praying and supporting my dad and we continue to be forever thankful! I truly believe this is why we continue to get great news…
So just to finish, I want to thank everyone, as always for their prayers!
Dad, thank you for fighting every day. The last couple months you seem a lot better with more energy (or you hid it better) haha. Either way, I am so proud to call you my dad and have my daughters call you PaPa. They both love you but let’s face it, Ashlyn…ADORES you! <3 I love you more, dad.