Welcome to Dale and Joyce's blog. Seems a great way to keep ya-all updated on Joyce's health. A little history. On Dec 26, 2006 Joyce woke up with severe chest pain. The hospital's diagnosis was: small cell carcinoma (cancer) in the chest lymph glands and throughout the skeletal system. She was very ill, needing help with clothing, showers, etc. After chemotherapy she was much better and could shop, eat out, and function around the house. Later she had a relapse and a new tumor on the liver. More chemo. Again, things went back to what we now considered normal. September of 07 she started having mental issues so she had radiation for the tumor in her brain with good results. More quality time. March 6, 2008 a cat scan indicated new growth in the liver and chest glands. The doctor prescribed five treatments of a new chemo starting 3-10-08. At the first chemo treatment I mentioned to the Doctor that her mental faculties were again slipping. Joyce's brother, Lyle Heldt, was visiting at that time and took her to the hospital for an MRI. His delightfully profane critique of our medical establishment was hilarious. The MRI showed three new brain tumors. The chemo was dropped and 12 days of radiation of the brain started. The Oncologist said that any more chemo would make her sick and turned us over to hospice. They have been coming by for the last week. Joyce has enjoyed the many phone calls; keep them coming. We are looking forward to Lori's visit next week. By for now.