Mark and I have entered a new space in the landscape of cancer. It began last week after returning from a vacation in Maui when we found out that Mark's PSA had jumped a full point over the past 4-5 weeks. Then came the sharp hip pain that manifested last weekend.
We talked to Mark's oncologist on Monday. On Wednesday morning, we drove to LDS Hospital for a bone scan. When he was first diagnosed, a lesion had been discovered in Mark's hip. This lesion, which had previously been contained, was now shown to be growing and active. In addition, a new metastasis was discovered in Mark's neck that will require further investigation (MRI) next week.
We have always known that a day like Wednesday would come, but we didn't know how and when we would arrive at that day. The landscape of Mark's cancer has changed: he has now become symptomatic, the cancer is growing, there will be new drugs. And we will wait.
Meantime, however, we intend to live life as fully as we can.