Bad News

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I found out in a text message from my dad that he has skin cancer (for those curious, it's a recurrence of basal cell carcinoma on his face). I suddenly feel like a huge ass for whining about bronchitis.

I don't even know how to begin processing this.

14 comments:

asthmagirl said...

I'm so sorry about your dad. I hope they caught it early.

Take your time processing.

PS ~ Thanks for all your support with the tonsil thing. It helped both of us a lot!

Daisy Duke said...

That is never good news- however, it is very curable these days. My Dad had a scare (not the same thing I know...) and he got a chemical peel out of it, courtesy of our insurance.

There are really so many options, so take your time processing but try (your hardest!) not to borrow trouble before all the details come through.

No matter what though, I'm fairly certain this entitles you to a back rub, a glass of wine, probably dinner at La Crepe Nanu...... maybe some Creole Creamery after dinner?

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your dad. But, hopefully they caught it early and everything will be fine. My dad had melanoma over 15 years ago and is still going strong.

Lisa C.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

JOhn has had it twice - both time needed surgery but is cancer free today.

A text message huh? Maybe Dad could have at least called to tell you!!

Hallie :)

Katie said...

I told him that he would be receiving news of his grandchildren's birth via text message.

Although this is a step in the right direction. When they thought he had prostate cancer, we didn't get an EMAIL until 2 weeks after they got the biopsy results back.

Anonymous said...

I guess the fact that your dad sent a text message means that he's not too worried, so maybe you shouldn't be either.
I remember Kristie, over at NQWIHP had a skin cancer spot removed a couple of years ago. She said it wasn't a big deal, and it's all good now.
Anyway, I guess my point is ... Don't go freaking out until you know how bad things are :-)

Ness said...

Katie I am so sorry about the latest news on your dad but remember that you have led by example on how to fight an illness/condition and win and he will draw strength from you. Feel your feelings and let him know that you are there when he needs to talk. I will keep him in my prayers.

kim-d said...

Awww, Katie, I know how scared you must be right now, but basal cell is generally one of the skin cancers that is able to be "fixed". Several people that I've worked with have had it, and all they ever had to do was have the spots removed. My dad, too, had melanoma, that had metastasized to the lymph nodes. This was in 1969; the surgery was pretty difficult, he has a nasty scar, and stopped sweating in one pit but achieved full recovery. And as far as I know, he's still teetering around somewhere after living as UNhealthy a life as possible. He'll probably live to be 102. Sometimes there's no justice or logic to these things. All I'm really trying to say to you is, try to just take it as it comes and don't wig out too much YET.

Hugs and prayers, kiddo...

Cathy said...

Sorry to hear about this, and it's harder when you don't live closer. Hang in there.

the queen said...

My father-in-law has had skin cancer forever. Well, twenty years. He just gets it burned off routinely. But, I know there are some very dangerous types out there too.

If you gave my father-in-law bronchitis, he'd complain about that, not the skin cancer.

Lanny said...

I hope they caught his early.

And I hope you feel better soon!

stacey said...

I am so sorry about your dad. That is very very hard. I hope his recovery goes smoothly. Positive thinking here for you!

(It is also okay to whine about being sick because even though it isn't the same, you still aren't feeling good!)

Becs said...

Hope it's an easy one - BCC can be sometimes, you know. If it's on his face, check out Mohs surgery. I had it on my nose. Okay now. (Mohs on the nose?) And go to the best damn oncological dermatologist he can find.

Flea said...

Recurring - does that mean he's faced this before? I'm assuming he has a good doctor he trusts? He'll be ok, Katie. Everyone here is right - it's so curable now.