Questions: Answered

The prayers and positive responses over the last few days honestly took me by surprise. I can’t thank everyone enough for their positive words and prayers for me and my family. I guess people do like me for something other than taking care of their tickets! Haha! Thanks to everyone who has offered to help us fight this fight! I’m grateful and humbled at the same time, and in this post I'm going to try to answer some of the common questions I've been asked.

Yesterday, I attempted to go to work, which was a much-needed break from the doctor appointments and holding up the couch. I’m so glad I went in. I’m very thankful that my director and assistant director didn’t throw me out of the building. Instead it was the complete opposite - they asked what they could do for me. My response was just "let me keep coming to work until I’m not able to."

A few questions I got asked yesterday:

Q: Have you researched multiple myeloma?
No! I want the doctors at MD Anderson to tell me what I need to do and instruct me on how to destroy the cancer. There is so much info on the World Wide Web I would never get anything done.

Q: How did I know I had it?
On a personal note, prior to January I lifted weights five or six days a week and ran at least two miles six or seven days a week. I went from that to not being able to get out of bed in less than four months.

When I started working meth labs at Sulphur PD I began going to a primary doctor every quarter so he could track my health and hopefully see something early.

When I came to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, I took advantage of their offer fir a yearly health check, including blood work. So now I had my primary doctor checkups and yearly blood work. I felt like I had taken the proper measures should something come up. All that considered, nothing ever popped off my charts for any doctor to know I had cancer. The only thing I maybe should have done differently was go to the primary doctor sooner about my rib and back pain. But that was just me being stubborn and not listening to Ashley Desormeaux.

My advice now is make sure you ask what they are testing for when they do blood work. Some tests are very basic and some can break down everything.

Q: Is there a family history?
No, my family has no history of this cancer.


Q: How did I get it?
We have no idea! I read that 3-4  percent of males younger than 40 get this type of cancer in the U.S., and Southwest Louisiana produces a majority of those cases. Typically it’s seen in males 60-70 years of age. So science and research says I shouldn’t have it, but clearly God had other plans. 😎.

 

I hope this clears up some things. Again, huge thanks to my CPSO family and Sheriff Mancuso for the support and help everyone has shown and given us since this started! I’m so glad to be a part of it! Have a blessed day!

“When you get knocked down in life, try to land on your back, cause if you can look up then you can get up!" - Les Brown