Rocky was diagnosed with stage 3 lung and thyroid cancer (never smoked) July 28, 2011. This was just before our second wedding anniversary. Like every cancer patient, our lives changed forever when he was given 13 months to live by Dana Farber chief of staff for thoracic oncology. After 32 radiation treatments to his chest and countless chemo treatments we looked to trials available when all that failed and have been blessed with finding our current oncologist at MGH when it metastasized to Rocky's brain. Rocky has endured several surgeries, complications and cancer has metastasized again recently. Rocky has taken a targeted therapy drug that has allowed us to be now 7 years out from his original diagnosis.
I saw a brochure for Sailing Heals posted in the exam room when we were awaiting an appointment with Dr. Shaw. I contacted the number listed and we quickly received a reply we could attend an event. Our hearts were filled with appreciation and love at the extreme generosity of everyone we met that day. I cannot express enough the positive effects Sailing Heals has for our emotional strength. Cancer has a way of taking the wind out of sails and Sailing Heals...well, puts it back to keep fighting the fight!!
I find it important to let you know during our journey, we lost an amazing part of family Oct 30, 2017. Our St. Bernard, Bear lost his brief battle with bone cancer at the young age of 7. Cancer invaded our lives again! He was taken from us and wish I could've found the targeted therapy to help him.
We know Rocky will always have stage 4 cancer however, with our friends, family, prayers and people like Dr. Shaw looking to the next targeted therapy to fight the next metastasis and definitively the people from Sailing Heals who let us forget our troubles out on the water and meet such incredible people helps us keep going forward. #blessed #keepthelaughter #keepcalmandsailon