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Larry’s Story

Welcome to my CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep family and friends updated.

My left eye is where the melanoma tumor is located. We treated it with radiation from March 6th through March 10th of 2006. All reports and tests have shown that the melanoma was confined to the eye, which is great news. The support from family and friends has been tremendous!

Thanks again.


January 25, 2006 is the day that my life changed. I went to my Optometrist for a routine eye exam at 1:30 in the afternoon and by the end of that day, I had been told by an Ophthalmologist that I had Choroidal Melanoma, a cancerous tumor, in my left eye. That evening I called my family and told them of the fight I was in for. The next day, a Thursday, I spent the afternoon at Meritcare with my Internal Medicine doctor and they ran a full set of tests to check to see if the cancer had spread to the lungs or liver - or anyplace else, for that matter - as it usually does. On Friday, I had a CT scan and continued with tests to see if the cancer was only in the eye or had spread. The test results were read and it was a clean report - it had not spread, up to this point. On Tuesday, January 31st, we headed down to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and met Dr. Pulido, a specialist in eye tumors, and he ran a full day of tests and ultra sound measurements to determine the size of the tumor and to discuss treatment options. All of my children were there with Sheila and me so we discussed the treatment option - remove the eye to remove the tumor or treat the eye with radiation in an attempt to save the eye. I chose to go with the Radiation Treatment. We went back to West Fargo and waited for the radiation disk to be built and on March 6th, I was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Rochester and they did surgery to attach the radiation disk to my eye. I remained inpatient for the week as the disk radiated the tumor and they removed the disk that Friday, March 10th. I had an appointment on April 12th at Mayo to check to see how the eye had healed from the surgery - it healed up nicely. I have gone back to Mayo on July 26th and October 25th in 2006 and now April 26th here in 2007 to continue the testing to see if the tumor did shrink and the cancer eliminated. We will also continue to check to make sure that the cancer doesn’t start up in other parts of my body as it normally does. There is a 20% chance that I will get that cancer within the next 5 years.

Latest Journal Update

July 27 - 2015 Annual Checkup at Mayo Clinic

This was my nine year visit - three more years for the 12 years to watch this melanoma.  The visit with Dr. Smith went very well as she noted that the tumor did shrink a bit more and all other tests were negative - CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis, the ultrasound of the eye and the blood work to check the liver.  They were able to see into the eye now that the cataract was removed in January.  The eye looked healthy and the eye pressure continues to be within reasonable limits.  It was a huge positive to remove that cataract as they were now able to see how the inside of the eye looks.  Dr.Smith did notice some pigment flecks within the area around the tumor and hadn't seen anything like that before so checked with the actual surgery doctor - Dr. Pulido - and he said that the flecks were not unusual in cases such as mine.  It was a long day of tests but the great results make it all worthwhile.  Big thanks to my family and special friends who have supported me these many years - so much appreciated.      



Ken Zetocha
By Ken
Larry, this is great to hear. Our thoughts and prayers continue with you on your recovery journey.
Susan Trosen
It's so wonderful for you to continue to keep getting good reports. Keep up in what you are doing and keep being the great person you are!
Rose Noesen
By Rose Noesen
Glad to hear that you got a good report
Vicky Frigen
By Vicky
Wonderful News Brother!!!!!!! Thanks for keeping us posted. I am so happy for you and Sheila and your family. Keep up the good work.
That is terrific!! Hi to all!
Mark Simmons
By Mark A. Simmons
Great news Larry!!!
So glad to hear things are going well... you are such an amazing individual. God definitely worked overtime when a created you, along with the help of your mom of course may every day be blessed.