I'm writing this first entry for my baby brother, Adam. He is far and away one of the most amazing, caring, strong, hilarious, and just overall best men I have ever known. But if you've ever met him you already know that. Out of nowhere seemingly, he has been broadsided with the biggest battle he'll hopefully ever face, and we are so very thankful for the overwhelming outpouring of prayers, support, and words of hope and encouragement we have already received, keep it coming!! We're going to use this website as a source so all of our friends and family can get updates on Adam's status in one place, thanks so much for visiting!
So here goes - about a month ago on October 4, Adam went to the doctor with a stomach ache, thinking at worst he might have appendicitis. They did a CT scan and found several masses on his liver. About a week later, they did a biopsy and revealed that it was in fact cancerous, but that it didn't originate in the liver, so we needed to find out where the original source was so we could determine the best course of treatment. They scheduled a couple of procedures and scans over the next week, and made an appointment to go ahead and insert a chemo port, so that as soon as we knew what this cancer was, we could attack it immediately.
In the course of that week, things got more and more uncomfortable, to the point that Adam and his incredible and amazing new wife, Donna, decided that trying to manage the pain and his care at home wasn't the best idea. So that brings us to last Friday, October 28th, when Adam was admitted to the hospital. The first priority was to get his pain under control, which the incredible nurses and doctors did straight away. They then started running tests and discovered that Adam's potassium levels were very high, meaning his kidneys weren't functioning properly. They worked all weekend trying to get his levels down to a normal range, which is necessary before we could start any chemotherapy and try to stop this nasty cancer from gaining any more ground. On Sunday the doctors decided the best course of action was to start dialysis, which they did and finally got his kidney function to a more stable place.
Then Monday the oncologist gave options of how to deal with this mess, and true to form my brother chose to attack with an aggressive form of chemo which has the greatest chance of shrinking the tumors that are making it so hard for his liver and kidneys to function. He started his first round of chemo early Wednesday, so we're going to alternate that with dialysis to keep his kidneys going until the chemo has a chance to do its job and start the eradication of this unwelcome intruder into Adam's system.
So, I will keep updating you all as we progress and learn more, but please keep it coming with the prayers and encouragement, Adam loves hearing about all the people that are cheering him on!! Thank you so much for all your love and prayers!!
Jaime (the big sis)
P.S. - If you'd like to donate to help with their medical expenses, a dear friend has set up a Gofundme account that you can find the direct link to under the Ways To Help button. I only mention this because it's kind of confusing and it's pretty easy to donate to the Caring Bridge website by mistake instead of to Adam and Donna. Or, if you would like to help but would prefer to donate by mail, you can send your donation to: