WARSAW — InkFreeNews caught up with Goshen Firefighter Scott Thomas, 33, and his family to find out how he has been doing since his 2013 diagnosis of a cancerous tumor on the frontal lobe of his brain. The Thomas family resides in Warsaw.
It has been three years since Thomas underwent surgery to have the tumor removed. He says his life is getting back to normal and he’s living the “family life.” He’s back to work at the Goshen Fire Department and said he started working again just three months after his surgery. He said, “it definitely takes some getting used to, but it makes you realize how precious life is.”
Thomas says he was told once you hit two years, it’s less likely the cancer will come back and even less likely after five and he’s getting closer to this date every day.
Thomas wanted InkFreeNews to know is he is grateful to his friends and the community for helping him and his family in their time of need, “I just want to say thanks again to the community for all they’ve done for us. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
When Thomas was diagnosed with cancer, his wife was on maternity leave and he wasn’t working because of his illness. They already had a little one at home, Addyson, who was 20 months.
Thomas had surgery to remove the tumor two weeks after his son, Landon, was born and the first day they brought him home was the day Thomas started his chemotherapy and radiation treatments at IU Health Goshen Hospital.
His last treatment of chemotherapy and radiation was February of 2014, and he goes back every three months for a scan to make sure the cancer hasn’t returned, “It’s like riding on the edge or your seat until the doctor says everything looks good; looks normal.” Thomas said after he gets the all clear things go back to normal, until the next scan date looms closer and the edginess returns.
Thomas said the Goshen, Warsaw and Elkhart fire departments, along with other fire departments from the surrounding area banded together to help his family get through the difficult time with a diaper drive, a gift card collection and the Scott Thomas Fund. Thomas says he’s thankful and grateful for how, “the community really stepped in to help.”