Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We felt this was an appropriate, private way of sharing Ali’s diagnosis, treatment and progress. People should not hesitate to contact Kierstin with any questions, concerns or well wishes. Either utilize this website or her cell (860-797-4325). To start off we’ll go over Ali’s timeline of his recent health scare:
July 6th: brought Ali to ER where they found a tumor in his brain July 10th: [successful] craniotomy surgery to remove the brain tumor (secondary cancer) July 21st: tumors found in Ali’s bladder, believed to be primary cancer source July 26th: PET Scan revealed cancer has spread to liver, some lymph nodes and bones
Treatment: - Ali received one radiation treatment on August 7th to attack any microscopic cancer cells left behind after craniotomy - Ali began chemo on August 4th; 5 months prescribed; every Friday (one month cycles) o One 6-hour treatment o Two 1-hour treatments o One week off
In a nutshell Ali does have Stage IV cancer but he does not look at this as a death sentence. He wants to fight and get back to his regular life (and even go back to work at Cox!). But overall Ali has been doing as well. He can get around the house and CAN receive visitors. So don’t hesitate to stop by to say hello. He hasn’t been using his cell phone but Kierstin will forward any messages to him. Thank you to everyone that sent him a birthday card, but feel free to send him any other pick-me-up cards when you come across something appropriate for his sense of humor!