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Last fall Preston was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Doctors believed that it was isolated to a tumor in his groin. Fortunately, Preston was able to receive expert care from the cancer geniuses at M.D. Anderson. His last scan in April showed no signs of cancer.
Preston went off to his new job in Iowa and was ready to get back to work. He came back down to Austin on June 25th for his regular check-up at M.D. Anderson. His appointment was scheduled for the following week. Preston had been having neuropathy and severe sensitivity and pain in his left foot, but aside from that he seemed to be in good spirits.
Over the weekend, Preston became weaker. He woke up Sunday morning unable to walk or focus his eyes. Our family was concerned that his medications were having severe side effects.
The doctors in Austin did an MRI and told us that there were no abnormalities. At the same time, Preston's doctors at M.D. Anderson were insisiting that he come down to the MDA emergency room immediately. He's been there ever since.
What we thought to be side effects of heavy doses of medication turned out to be cancer. Preston now has cancer cells in the membrane around his spinal cord. Doctors have told us that these cells are putting pressure on his spinal cord, which in turn is making his legs very weak. At the moment, Preston is unable to walk. In addition, Preston has cancer cells in the membrane around the base of his brain. This has led to Preston's inability to focus his eyes. He can see alright when he is only using one eye, but he is unable to focus using both.
This cancer is very rare. The MRI was unable to detect it and doctors told us that they wouldn't usually even look for this cancer in someone his age and in it's location. In addition, it is very difficult to detect using regular screening methods.
Please check the blog regularly for updates on Preston's progress. He is a very strong and vibrant young man and we know that he'll show this cancer what he's made of!