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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

January 25, 2016 - 10 Year Anniversary- Life Day

Today is the 10th Anniversary of the day my cancer was discovered by Dr. Prasad at a routine annual eye exam.  It is a great feeling to be 10 years into the process and continue to be cancer free at this time.  Melanoma is a tough one and the Choroidal Melanoma type that I contracted has a twelve year watch so near the end.  I continue to be amazed and thankful for my family support and for the great staff of doctors and nurses that have helped me these 10 years - especially Dr. Prasad who found the problem and Dr Pulido who performed the radiation surgery that March 6th, 10 years ago.  I will, again, drop off some flowers for Dr Prasad and thank her personally for taking the great care in a routine exam to find something that was very rare and not that easy to find.  I still see Dr Johnson in Fargo a couple of times a year and will make another journey to Mayo Clinic in July for a full checkup.  The eye pressure problem has been well under control and was normal the last checkup.  I have lost basically all of my vision in the left eye and continue to deal with that depth perception issue and not seeing everything around me - it could be worse.  Thanks to all of you for your support - it really is so important to have your special friends who keep reminding me that they are sending their support my way and keep looking and sending their requests upward. Take Care and Thanks, Again.