My husband’s illness

I’ve been quiet this fall and this is why. I’m a quite private person in many ways, and I haven’t said much publicly about my husband’s illness. In mid-February, our lives were turned upside down and I’m posting 2 notes that my husband, Geoffrey Holmes, posted on his Facebook wall.

October 4th, 2012

Friends and family:Birthday 2012 with my hubby

About a month ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. This is known as the “best” type of cancer a man can get. Actually, it’ most occurs in men 15-35 (so I guess I’m really that age!). Anyways, I underwent a surgery to remove the cancer and the procedure went smoothly.

Unfortunately, I recently had a follow up scan and the doctor has told me that my lower lymph nodes are swollen up. This is most likely a result of the cancer spreading upwards as this is “normal”. It’s know as “type 2” cancer now.

But the news isn’t all bad. This type of illness as I understand it is highly treatable. I will be starting a cycle of chemo on monday that has a very good chance of putting the cancer in remission. The success rate with this type of treatment is VERY high.

I’m in good spirits and raring to go with becoming a human pincushion for two months but the side effects can include nausea and fatigue. Needless to say, I’m going to be off work for a while and enjoying an extended hairless vacation.

Please don’t worry too much about me as I’m a fighter and feel okay. On the other hand, I DO value your support and prayers at this difficult time for Mandi and I. I’ll be in good hands as Mandi shows me a lot of love and that’s what’s best at a time like this.

I won’t be taking visitors for a while as I can’t really risk getting a cold or flu at this point. If you’d like to communicate, Facebook and email are the best way for me.

Thank you all for your support and God bless!!!


sick bearJanuary 3rd, 2013

Friends and family: Mandi and are are getting closer to the end of my chemo treatments. I have one more full “cycle” consisting of three weeks beginning this Monday. The last week we were sidetracked with an infection that had to be treated before I could finish the chemo.
It’s been a lonnnng time since I’ve felt healthy (I was diagnosed in September) and Mandi and I have had a lots of ups and down. Mainly downs! Chemo is very hard to deal with as anyone who’s had it can attest. But my faith in the almighty, my martial spirit, and certainly your support and prayers have seen me through. Most of all, Mandi has provided the support and love to make the fight worthwhile. I can’t imagine tackling this without her.

After my chemo is finished, I will go through a battery of tests to see what’s happened with the cancer. If necessary, I may have to face some radiation or surgery to continue the process. That’ll seem like a cake walk compared to what I’ve already been through. I’m determined to get this over with, finish my antique car, and get out dancing. Who wants to take a spin with cancer-kickin’ man?

Anyways, thanks again for all your support, have a prosperous New Year and for Pete’s sake, stay healthy!!!

Your friend, Geoff