- The Methodists (my team)
- The Presbyterians (the in-laws' team)
- The Catholics (the original team)
- The Jews (the ORIGINAL original team)
- The Northern Baptists ( *&##!** yankees)
- The Southern Baptists (shhh- they think they're the only team)
- The Lutherans (Youbetcha, they're a team!)
- The Evangelicals (the holy rolling team)
- The Athiests (the thoughtful team)
- The Agnostics (maybe on a team, maybe not)
- The Mormons (the American western team)
- The Episcopalians (the golf clap team)
- The Disciples of Christ (Killer Horned Frogs team - Go TCU)
- Morning PT prep & testing
- Final pre-op MRI
- Appointment with Dr. P late morning to review and get ready for surgery the next morning. 10:30 appointment, but we wait until 2:30 - "he has an urgent last minute meeting causing a delay."
- 2:30 - "We found something on the MRI, a tumor, and I think it's cancer"
- 2:31 - I pass out
- 2:32 - "It's bad news, but good bad news. I believe it is lymphoma, and curable"
- 2:32-3:30 - exam, meetings, and good talk with Dr. P. He even offers me a beer - he's French Canadian, so we've got a lot in common. He schedules an appointment for me with a colleague of his who is head of Orthopedic Oncology at Harvard & Massachusetts General Hospital.
May 21st, 2009
- Bone scans in Vail - shipped off to Mass Gen. Radiologist thinks possibility that it may be benign, but can't rule out cancer. Optimistic drive back down to Denver.
May 27th, 2009 - Fly to Boston, our dear friend Kristine Delano comes down from Portland, Maine to be with us should the news be the worst. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU KRISTINE - the Delanos are family, despite the fact we aren't blood related.
May 28th & 29th - Appointments at Mass Gen with Dr. Fran Hornicek, Dr. Evelyn Chen, and Dr. Edwin Choy, various cancer doctors, bone biopsy, Xrays, etc. etc. etc. Based on initial results, they confirm it is a Lymphoma of the bone - BUT NOT BONE CANCER. Continue hearing things like "well Bill, if you're gonna have cancer, this is the one you want to have."
May 30th & 31st - We go up to Portland with the Delanos - Chris, Kristine, Genevieve (our God daughter), Miranda, and Zach. Wonderful time just hanging on the lake and going to kids soccer games. The girls made really cool 'go away cancer' cards for me. I almost cried. Seriously, ME, almost cried.
June 1st - Back to Boston, more appointments, MRI, CT scan.
June 2nd - Fly back to Denver, at the layover at JFK, I get the call from Doctor Choy - the CT scan confirmed the cancer has spread to some lymph nodes in chest and abdomen. I almost pass out again, but he says "don't worry Bill, this is typical lymphoma behavior -let's get it cured."
June 4th - Back in Denver, meet with Dr. Ross Wilkins, Orthopedic Oncologist at Presbyterian/St Lukes Hospital. More poking and prodding, turns out tumor is both ON and IN my pelvis. Puts me on crutches, sets me up with my Oncologist(chemo doctor)
June 5th -Appointment with Dr. Ioana Hinshaw, at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center. It's lymphoma, and let's start chemo next week after a bone marrow biopsy.
June 8th - Bone marrow biopsy. Dr. H gets to shove a large needle in my ass and take a piece of bone and suck out some marrow. As I mentioned before, it hurt, but my bones are so hard that I bent the needle. SCORE ONE FOR TEAM BAKER.
June 11th - Chemo round one, Team Baker on the attack.
There it is. If you are able, call your Dad tomorrow and tell him you love him. That's what's important, not work, not money, not stuff.