Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This is a picture of Richard Burleigh Call the 1st with a buzzed head. Don't worry, it has nothing to do with the cancer. This picture was taken while he was working at Edinburg High School in Texas. The administration had just passed a new rule that no student was allowed to have a buzz cut or shaved head. Well, my dad thought that was dumb, and he decided to "fight" the system by buzzing his head.
My dad has fought for a lot throughout his life. He's fought to get an education and educate others. He's fought for strong programs in every school he's taught at. He's fought to provide for a wife and five kids. He's fought diabetes, epilepsy, and a heart attack. And now, he's starting a fight with cancer.
My dad will win this fight as he's won all the others he's been engaged in throughout his life. This is a site where loved ones, friends, family, students (past and present), and anyone who is interested can keep updated on Mr. Call's condition. It's also a site for those same people to leave comments of love and support if you would like to.
An update from mom:
We got the call this morning. It is cancer. The tumor is 12 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. Remember the ER doc said it was a pulled muscle? Well... it wasn't! There really is something growing, very rapidly, in his thigh. We will go to SLC tomorrow to see the radiology oncologist. On Thursday, they will make a mold of his leg, do another MRI, and lab. We will stay there because on Friday he has a bone scan and a pelvic CT, so we will be gone all week. I feel so bad leaving the kids that long but I also want to be with Dick and I can't pull them out of school. I feel awful that Bree has a full time job and then has to come home, fix dinner, and help with homework. I know she doesn't mind, but I almost feel like I'm abusing her. The worst part of the news is that we thought he could get radiation in Twin Falls but they are pretty sure he will have to get it done in SLC. (Monday thru Friday, 2-3 hours/day.) There is no way we could make the drive every day. We did get some good news! The lung CT they did last Thursday came out clear. It hasn't spread to his lungs. I'm am so grateful. They told us that this type of sarcoma spreads to the lungs first.