Family dentist Puyallups is looking forward to seeing his daughter, who is battling brain cancer, after a three-week chemotherapy regimen.
But the 36-year-old father still has to wait for the results of tests to be released from a lab that is unable to guarantee he will see his daughter on her own in the coming weeks.
Puyallump is one of two parents to have children with cancer in the state.
His wife, Kristina, has also battled brain cancer and was diagnosed with cancer this year.
“It was the best thing ever, Kristin said.”
She just got cancer so we thought she had it.
We were so happy to have her back, and now we know it’s not true.
“Kristina, a certified nurse-midwife, and her husband, Richard, also a licensed nurse, said the chemo has helped to give them hope and keep their home life going.”
I was in a wheelchair for three weeks.
I have my two sons, and they are in school, and we have a wonderful home.””
I’ve been very fortunate.
I have my two sons, and they are in school, and we have a wonderful home.”
Richard said he was proud of his wife’s ability to keep his job.
“We’re just thankful that she’s still here and that she is in good health,” he said.
“I think she’s doing OK.”
Richard, who has had a stroke for the last year, said he and his wife, who are also registered nurses, will wait for their results to be confirmed before deciding what they will do with their lives.
“You can’t imagine what you would do with your life without her, without having her, and she’s the most amazing person I know,” he added.
“That’s all I can think of.”
A recent survey by the WA Department of Health showed that 74 per cent of those who are battling cancer do not have a local health care provider who will treat them, but Richard said he had faith in Puyalups.
“He’s done everything he could to help me, and he’s been very helpful,” he recalled.
But Kristina’s condition is worsening, and while the Puyals have had the best of times during the chemos, the illness is still not over.
“This is something I am going to keep fighting for, and I think that’s all we need to do, just to keep going,” Kristin added.
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