Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Diagnosis

Monday April 6th will be a day that will resonate with Garrett (and our Famiy alike) for the rest of his life. It was a day when, thinking he was just going to find out about a broken rib, he would find out something much worse. Cancer. The word we all cringe at when it is said. It now applied directly to him.

The diagnosis came by sheer luck. Dr. Grahmn thought to do a full chest x-ray to double check the pain in his rib. Anticipating a fracture he was shocked and sickened to look at the x-ray and see cancer spots in Garrett's lungs. Pale faced he entered the exam room where Garrett and Dad sat waiting. "It's not good" was one of the first things they heard and immediately Dad's heart sank. After the doctor explained what he saw in the x-ray they immediately had G-baby transfered over to the Cassia Regional Medical Center for further testing.

They started off with a CT scan of his body...what that revealed meant more bad news: Blood clots in his lungs. Immediately Dr. Grahmn called for an air transport team to life flight G-baby down to a hospital more equipped to deal with the events happing in his body. Unfortuately the air transport team would take too long so instead they assembled an ambulence transport team to transfer him to Salt Lake City

Upon arrival at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Utah he was met by a team of doctors: a team of 3 Internal Medicine Doctors, an Oncologist (cancer Dr), and a Urologist. These doctors immediately began working on figuring out what was going on.

The official diagnosis: Non-Seminoma Intermediate Testicular Cancer that has metastisized into his lungs and lymph nodes.

The normal treatment would be immediate removal of the cancerous testical and Chemo-Therapy. However, as you all know, G-baby is anything but normal. The blood clots are located in the lungs too close the heart for comfort therefore creating a problem for any surgery to take place. They decided against the removal of the testical and to move forward with Chemo-Therapy instead.

The plan going forward is that G-baby will start Chemo-Therapy here in Utah on Saturday. The chemo will take place after that up in Twin Falls. There will be 4 rounds of Chemo, each round lasting 21 days. Each round starts off with 5 days of two-hours per day treatments followed by one day a week treatments for the next two weeks. Then, 21 days later it starts all over again.

After all 4 rounds of Chemo they will take him to surgery to remove the testicle and then repeat all the CT scan's and chest x-rays to see where they are at. There is a really good chance that the four rounds of chemo will "melt" away the cancer. Please pray for that!


Abram said...

I have been impressed with Garret's fighting spirit in sports and know it will help him through this battle. God bless you and your family to triumph.

th' Mom said...

What a trooper, Garrett!! We will watch for your "home run" in overcoming this!! We continue to pray for you!
The Ward Family

Anonymous said...

G-Baby! I love you man. You are a fighter that never gives up. If you ever feel like attacking someone... please feel free to wrestle me. I could probably actually beat you. Stay strong.

-Kate The Great

Turtle said...

G-Baby, you are one of the strongest kids i have ever met. I feel honored to be able to say that you are my friend. You need to stay strong and you will get through this obstacle and be partying it up really soon. You are in everyone's thoughts and prayers!
Luv Ya Buddy,

The Masoners said...


You have always impressed us with your kindness! This will literally be the fight of your life, but you will win! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

-the Masoner's

marianne said...

You are a star Mr. Garrett. We know Heavenly Father is with you and you will NEVER be without that power behind you!We love you!
Jarrod, Marianne and kids!(Mallory)

Extraordinary Housewife said...

November 21, 2008 was our day of devastation. I am sobbing right now just thinking of it. You have certainly been in our thoughts and prayers. I don't really know how you feel, but it's hitting pretty close to home.
Good luck
Cancer Bites! But we can beat it!
-Lana Gibbons

Curtiss & Tami Peterson & Family said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As our family deals with cancer, we are ever so aware that it has no limitations to whom it will touch. But we also know that cancer is beatable. Each day has a battle to be won, and each day with faith and prayers, those battles won help us further down the road to victory.

Julie said...

Garrett...our family is praying for you. May your days ahead be filled with hope,faith, endurance, and our Heavenly Father's peace and love. We are cheering for you!
Best wishes!!! Love, The Doug and Julie Ward family

Con & Vicki Haycock said...

Garrett, We are praying for you and your family. Paetyn keeps us up on everything you are going thur. Keep your head up and remember to have a smile now and then.
Con ans Vicki Haycock

Ted said...

Garrett, you are amazing! Keep that fighting spirit and you'll make it through this. We love you tons and tons! You are our hero Garrett and we all are praying for you and your family. Always remember that miracles happen to those who believe. Happy Easter Garrett. Love Ya Dude, Uncle Ted and Aunt Jo