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What about Dad?

October 19, 2011

I never posted the – thankfully, happy! – end to my dad’s health story. Some of you may  have heard by word of mouth, but some of you are probably wondering why we haven’t mentioned anything again about my dad’s diagnosis of cancer a few months ago.

First off, here’s a question for you: When is tuberculosis a good diagnosis?

When it’s the alternative to cancer!

It turns out Dad has extra-pulmonary TB and not cancer. We were relieved beyond words to finally receive a diagnosis and treatment plan back in September, and happy that it’s something curable and easily treatable. It was a long, slow road — especially for my father, who not only had to wait for all the results, but also had to go through countless biopsies and blood tests and one pretty heavy surgery.

Extra-pulmonary TB is not contagious and generally not as fast-moving as pulmonary TB. Dad didn’t have any symptoms apart from the original, enlarged lymph node.

Dad is now on a long course of antibiotics, but feeling great and ready to start road tripping to visit his grandkids again. We are still counting our lucky stars on this one!

Don’t you love happy endings?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2011 7:45 am

    Your Fairfield family are so happy about your ‘Happy Ending’! It seemed to be a respite for you and Michael in spite of the tension about the diagnosis. You were pretty tired when you had wound up your affairs in New York. Now you are off on your adventure with light hearts about your sweet Dad and ready to SURF! I loved the first surfing picture. What did you mean you got knocked on your head Michael? Paying attention to photographing meant you got slammed by the wave? Love you guys.

  2. October 20, 2011 6:35 pm

    What a beautiful picture of your Dad…We miss that sweetie man. So glad he is doing good.
    Lisa and Family

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