• Andy Phillips Burden

    Posted by on June 18th, 2006 · Comments (6)

    I noticed a story in Newsday about Andy Phillips’ wife linked over at NoMaas.org today. Here’s the meat of it:

    Andy Phillips couldn’t stop tearing up no matter how hard he tried. His eyes stayed wet throughout a game in April as he questioned his priorities.

    Phillips had to be home with his sick wife, he kept thinking.

    He had to hold Bethany’s hand as she fought cancer.

    Phillips has traveled home on every day off since to be with his wife as she deals with the debilitating side effects of chemo, the fourth separate form of treatment she’s had and one the doctors explained was the last resort before surgery that would cost Bethany her fertility.

    It was an emotional roller coaster, beginning with their first sonogram. After learning of the pregnancy the day after Christmas, Phillips was sitting in a doctor’s office the next week.

    “When they saw the sonogram, they didn’t see the baby,” he said. “They saw a snowy picture, a snowy TV screen.”

    That’s when the doctors knew what was wrong. It’s called gestational trophoblastic disease, which occurs when a tumor is formed in the uterus. It is typically cured with immediate surgery — four out of five surgeries are successful, Phillips was told — but Bethany’s surgery did not work. When she went to have her blood checked a week later, her hormone levels still were rising. Something wasn’t right.

    The next step was shots of methotrexate for four weeks, which led up to spring training.

    The good news now is that, according to the story, “she’s [now] cancer-free, healthy and still able to have children.”

    I’m so sorry to hear about anyone going through something like this – and am glad to hear now that everything for the Phillips family is OK.

    I’m sharing this story here with a request. It’s Father’s Day. Take something from what Phillips and his wife have gone through. If you’re a dad, go hug the mother of your children and tell her that you love her. And, then go do the same with your kids. Consider it, as Yogi would say, “Thanks for making this day necessary.”

    Comments on Andy Phillips Burden

    1. June 18th, 2006 | 9:09 am

      Happy Father’s Day, Steve.

      I hope you have a beautiful day with your little ones, and that the Yankees win one for ya.

    2. June 18th, 2006 | 10:52 am

      That all sounds like the perfect Dad’s day to me!

    3. June 18th, 2006 | 12:12 pm

      Happy Fathers’ Day Steve, and to all to whom the title applies. Great story, I will go check out the whole thing. Again, thanks!

    4. Don
      June 18th, 2006 | 1:30 pm

      Happy Father’s Day Steve.

    5. MJ
      June 18th, 2006 | 1:57 pm

      Happy Father’s Day to you, Steve, and to the rest of the dads out there. I just got back from brunch with my own dad and now we’re settling in for an afternoon in front of the TV with our Yanks.

    6. June 18th, 2006 | 7:51 pm

      Thanks all. I had a much better day than the Yankees – for sure. Hope all the other dads had as much fun as I did!

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