When we think of a hero we can use many adjectives to describe one such as: strong, brave, mighty, or powerful.
Christopher Reeve describes a hero as “An ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
These words are a perfect way to describe our Dad, Jeff Shaw. In August 2018 he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. As shocking as this news was for our family, for the first time in our life we got to see fear on our Dad’s face.
You see, a lot of people know our Dad as the happy, humble, loving, selfless Jeff Shaw! Our Dad has always lived life one day at a time with no worry of the future.
This is something that we have all admired about him. Everything seemed to happen so fast. The important part of being diagnosed with cancer is figuring out a way to beat it.
So he met with countless specialists, they ran many tests, and they gave him two different options. He decided to choose a study trial for his plan of treatment. He would complete 9 weeks of chemo for 1 day each week.
After that, he would complete radiation 5 days a week with 1 day of the week chemo for 7 weeks. We knew this was going to be a tough road. The doctors prepped in the best way that they could, but nothing can ever prepare you for cancer.
He never complained, barely spoke of it, and continued to work despite his treatments. When it came time for the second part of his trial to begin, we knew this would be the tough part. The radiation was hard on him.
He had already lost his hair, but he started to rapidly lose weight and look very sick. His pain was so severe, but never once did he stop. He stopped working the second week into his radiation trial by force of the doctors.
On December 18th, he had surgery for a feeding tube. Again, this was done by force of the doctors. One thing is for sure about our Dad, he sure is stubborn!
This is one characteristic of a person that cancer doesn’t want. There have been months of driving, lots of tears shed, hair loss, loss of strength, loss of eating, and lots of fear during his journey.
One thing is for sure though, our faith has remained. Our Dad is a hero through and through.
There is no greater man that we would proudly call our Dad than he. He is a fighter, and he is going to continue to be a fighter!
He will say goodbye to the radiation trial study on January 14th, 2019. On this day, we will celebrate him!
The proceeds from all Fight the Fight apparel purchases and patreon pledges made during the month of May 2019 with be donated to Jeff to help cover the costs of medical-related expenses.
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