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Alan fights iris melanom
This is Alan's Wife Melissa. For the most part I will be doing most of the updates on here. Alan is 34 years old and a awesome father of 5 great kids. Our life has always been interesting and somewhat entertaining. We have 2 kids with HF Autism (what's not entertaining about that lol). Oh and a house full of ADHD people..... Never a boring moment in the Thompson house. Anyway so that is a little about our family.
When I meet Alan in 2007, he had a spot on his eye which is called a freckle ( for those who are wondering... yes you can have freckles on your eye). Over the years we noticed that it was getting bigger. In 2012, Alan complained about not being able to see. I asked him to make a appointment with the eye doctor. The eye doctor asking some questions and sent us to another doctor. The other doctor took some pics of Alan's eye and then referred us M D Anderson. The doctor at MD Anderson didn't really seem that concerned with it and then told us that it was benign and that since we didn'tusy pictures of Alan when he was younger that we would just have to watch it. So we just went from there....
Well life happens, jobs are lost along with insurance. Then you get a job and you lose the medical assistance from the state.
Well now we are in 2016 and it's been 4 years since we went to MD Anderson. Alan has a good job is a Asst. Manager at AT &T Wireless in Austin, Texas. He is actually up for a promotion soon.... (thank goodness) and the best part he has insurance again. Alan's vision was getting worse and he was starting to not be able to see at night, he was also getting a lot of headaches and all around it was just getting bad. A eye doctor came in to AT&T one day looked at Alan's eye and said "You really need to get that looked at it looks like Iris Melanoma." Well because of the visit to MD Anderson we had already done some research on it but not much. So a week or so later Alan had a appointment with Dr. Paul. He then recommended Alan go see another doctor that was a specialist in ocular cancer. Well that was a fight with the insurance. We finally got a appointment with the ocular eye specialist she then referred us to MD Anderson. Well after a battle with Alan's insurance we found out MD Anderson doesn't take his insurance. So we were referred to Dr. Jhaveri. He looked at Alan's eye and officially finally had a diagnosis of Iris Melanoma. On October 12, 2016 Alan had the tumor removed from his eye. And so now the story starts