Sunday, June 10, 2012

our first cancerversary

Today marks a year since we found out Paul had cancer. Well, I should rephrase that and say it's a year since I found out about his cancer. But since we have different days of revelation, we have opted to consider today the day. Sadly we couldn't do anything to celebrate the occassion since Paul is still extremely frail and has a hard time walking due to the neuropathy in his feet and getting out of breath after just slowly walking a few yards. Still, the fact that he made it to the year mark is a major accomplishment.

What you see above is a picture of all of the prescriptions that he has been given over the last 365 days. Yes, I've made him keep all of the empty bottles of pills, lotions, mouthwashes, fiber, laxatives, immodium, vitamins, etc. The picture doesn't really capture the enormity of it since I had to stack a lot of them on top of each other in order to get them all in the picture. The scariest part is that if we were to pay retail for all of this, the cost would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000! And that's not even including the 14 bags of Oxaliplatin that he has received which would total $350,000 and the 10 tiny bags of Avastin which ring in at another $100,000.

Makes your head spin, don't it?!?!