Ted's Story: A New Life After Lung Cancer
I had been experiencing strange sensations on my right side for several months. All of these sensations I attributed to a pinched nerve. I spent some time seeing a physical therapist with no results. The symptoms were getting worse. I called my doctor and explained the symptoms which prompted him to order an MRI, just to be safe.
Within a matter of three hours, my life changed dramatically. I had a massive brain tumor that was hemorrhaging. I was admitted to the hospital and had the neurosurgeons scheduling a craniotomy for the next day.
My emotions really started to overwhelm me when I had to tell my immediate family it would be best to come to Madison before my surgery. There was a chance it might be my last good bye. I did not know what to expect, but up to that point, it had not been good.
My wife and I told the kids exactly what was happening. We promised we would not lie to them, good or bad news. We just had to take it day by day because it was something we couldn't control. I promised I would never give up, hoping to be back in a few hours.
Today, almost two and a half years later, after surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and maintenance chemotherapy, I feel very blessed to be alive. This is my new life, taking it day by day, doing whatever I need to do to fight the sickness, spending as much time with my kids, that is as much as they will spend with "old" dad. From day one, I have never asked "why me?" I am blessed to be alive and believe everything has a reason.
The UW Cancer Center has been an inspiration. The caring, support, medical staff, facilities, and banana bread in the morning are always there to give cancer patients and their supporting family members the best experience possible. The UW Cancer Center is one of the best in the world focusing on all cancers.