Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

What a way to end the old year.
Well, crap! My Mister has cancer.
We just need to figure out what kind now.
The Doctor thinks it is either testicular or lymphoma. We are kinda hoping for testicular, but chances are it's lymphoma. Both are treatable, so we've been allowed some relief in this crazy mess. We are hoping to get his biopsy read by tomorrow afternoon to know for sure what we are dealing with. Then we can get on with our plan of action. We are looking for the best place for him in Phoenix so we can start treatment as soon as possible.
It really is crazy hard to swallow.
You hear about cancer all the time, but you never think it will hit this close to home. Honestly, when we first heard the news, time seemed to stop and slow down. That first full day in the hospital was the longest day of my life. And I know that's such a cliche, but it's become a cliche for a reason. Matt had test after test and endured so bravely. That night was hellish, with anxiety and urgency as our companions. When I got back to him yesterday morning, he had already had his colonoscopy and his MRI. He was just heading down for his Bone Scan. He had better color and was more like his old self. He has gotten better today, thanks to the help of little things such as Morphine and Perkaset. :)
Thank you all for your visits, phone calls, texts, emails, etc... They mean so much to us.
Thank you for loving Matt.
I have complete and utter faith that all will work out.
We were here to get sealed at the Manti temple tomorrow, but instead we ended up
in the ER. We were supposed to be here to get this news, surrounded by his parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles. This is how Heavenly Father wanted it, so that's how it came to be. We'll just get sealed in Mesa. It is just down the street. :)

BTW, this is Matt's new year hat. It's an old Hill Family tradition. And we weren't going to stop it for stupid ol' cancer. So there!


Allyson & Jere said...

Liz (and Matt) we are soo sorry to hear what is going on with Matt. Ivan called and told us the other night. Please know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. Liz I'm in total awe of you and your ability to have such an upbeat attitude in such a scarey and unknowing time. That will certainly help you in the months to come! Good luck with everything, and please let us do anything we can to help.

Grandmommy Crum said...

Liz and Matt I am shocked! Alli showed me your blog at work, I have been waiting for you to up date to see what was going on! I am so sorry, this has to be so scary!! What a blessing to be around family, I admire you for seeing that blessing, shock and being scared can sometimes cloud our view of seeing help from our Heavenly Father. I am here for you both, anything you need, you got it!! I will be praying for you guys! We hate cancer, beat it up until its gone!!! love ya

Busty LaRue said...

Liz, I don't think I've ever met you, but I'm Mike's (Neil and Vicki's youngest) wife, Joanna. We were so devastated to hear your news the other day, and are so relieved to know that this is treatable. It truly is a blessing you were here around family. You are in our prayers.

(P.s. - I found you through Jana's blog.)

NJoy said...

That's the best New Years Hat ever! Nicely done, sir.

Well the C-word is certainly a scary one. And, yes quite surprising. But thank God, what Matt has is treatable. Now, I want you to know that I come from crazy nutritionalist parents. My Dad had cancer at one point in his life and mom constantly researches nutrition adn dieting habbits to keep it from coming back. If you want any of that information, I will get it for immediately. One thing,mom loves is sharing what she's learned about that stuff.

I beleive you will both get through this and come out stronger. I love you both. Call me anytime.

Hey It's Di said...

I'm going to write a new book "Matt in the big blue Hat". You know, a spin off of Dr. Seuss:) It looks good on you Matt!

It was good to see you both yesterday and hug you and feel of your strength. Prayers are continual!

Jami said...

Liz! I am speechless. I am so sorry. I feel like such a dud friend.
I hear that you are on your way back I am going to find out what I can do for you.
I make good food, so I will bring some dinner or something!

Jill Johnson said...

Hi Matt & Liz - I am glad to hear you made it home okay! If you NEED ANYTHING!!!! call me or email me. I am glad I got to see you - wish it was not in the hosptial. I owe you Olive Garden (or whatever you favorite meal is)
Love you guys! oh - I guess my mom forgot the martini's huh!
Jill & Family

The Brinkerhoff's said...

Hey guys I hope everything is getting better I heard word at the wright house and was just shocked Let me know if you need anything and I can do it for you. you are in our prayers.

p.s. I can send travis over he knows how to beat thing ugly cancer stuff.

love you guys