Wednesday, January 12, 2022


Apache Junction. High  63. Low  38

I'm sure you're all tired of reading about our medical issues but that is our life right now and I need to document it. 

Radiation day 1 - Tuesday, January 4th, was Jim's first radiation treatment which lasted exactly 20 minutes from the time he went back to the time he walked into the waiting room. I know because I timed it. Yes, I was nervous and scared for him. 

In fact our drive to Scottsdale takes longer than his treatment.


Absolutely no problem.  He didn't feel a thing and had no side effects.  He did say that laying on the hard metal table with his arms above his head is uncomfortable, but that was it. 

He has four treatments to go with the last one on Monday, January 10. 

Radiation Day 2 - Wednesday - today's session took longer and I was getting a little concerned. Jim told me that for some reason the machine did not want to line up correctly and they had to reposition him. Once again, he felt nothing and feels fine tonight. 

Radiation Day 3 - Thursday - three down. Two to go. Feeling great but worried that it isn't working because he doesn't feel anything.

Radiation Day 4 - repeat of the other three days. One more to go on Monday.

Saturday and Sunday-experiencing some upset stomach. Not bad but uncomfortable. 

Radiation Day 5 - done. Stomach still upset but hopefully that will go away in a couple of days. We go back in a month.  


While sitting in the waiting room I observed people coming in who were doing their best to be brave as they fought this horrible disease. The lucky ones had someone with them to support them. My heart went out to those who were fighting by themselves.  My hope is that all of them come out victorious.


  1. Prayers and good thoughts that Jim comes out of this treatment victorious.

  2. Here to hoping for a great outcome from the Chemo...

  3. Thanks for posting. We want to share this journey with you as much as we can. We care.

  4. Thank you for the update. At this point all you can do is take things one day at a time. Sending healing thoughts your way.

  5. I will be so glad to hear that Jim only has occasional and minor side effects, if any. My thoughts are with you both.

  6. Our continued prayers for you both. People don't realize how stressful it is to be a Caregiver.
    Be Safe.

  7. It is not a problem to read your post updates, we care about Jim and you Sandie. Praying for a great outcome on the treatments. Blessings

  8. Continued prayers for you both. Hope the outcome is good for you Jim. Keep us posted!

  9. Thanks for the update and hope all goes well.

  10. Hi Sandi and Jim. I am catching up on my blogs and discovered your latest news! I am so sorry to hear the unfortunate news that Jim's cancer has returned and certainly share in your frustrations over the on again, off again surgery. Now you have chosen a course you (and we) can put all our efforts into a successful outcome. As you say, treatment has come a long way recently and Jim has tons of support and positive thoughts heading his way. Sandi, you remember to take good care of yourself. Being the caregiver is not an easy job so remember to eat, sleep and take as much time for yourself as you can. You guys will get through this.

  11. Jim is one tough cookie! Glad he is getting it done with no bad side effects.


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