Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated on Anthony. I will do my best to try to keep everyone well informed on his progress. We appreciate all the prayers,support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Our journey began on November 16, 2016. After several months of headaches and forgetting things, Anthony was rushed to the hospital for a debilitating headache. He was immediately diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma. At which point the surgeon proceeded to tell me that we would be lucky if he made it to Christmas and if he had surgery he most likely would be brain dead. At which point we chose to seek a second opinion and that is where we met Neurosurgeon Dr. Baskin, he would go on to perform both of his craniotomies.
On November 28, 2016 Dr. Baskin removed about 90% of his tumor, saved his eye sight but lost the ability to read. He was immediately placed on chemo( Temodar) and radiation . Antony took well to the chemo with minimal side effects but the radiation was a different story. He had to be sedated in order to have radiation, he would have serious anxiety when his radiation mask was placed on him.
June 19, 2017 , we were informed that the tumor had returned and that a second surgery had to be performed. Dr Baskin was even more pleased with the results, this time he was able to take about 97% of the tumor. He was given more chemo and more radiation. At this point we sought more spiritual healing, which took us to Collegeville, Pennsylvania and the Padre Pio Group. It was here that we regained our faith. We met the most wonderful people, whom we have established a long distance friendship. So, we promised that if Anthony was doing well, we would return a year later and we did! Anthony was regaining some lost abilities, like reading and his memory. But the most important thing was that the tumor had not grown, it actually shrunk a bit and was stable.
On August 21, 2018 after retuning from our trip to Pennsylvania , we were hit with the news that the tumor was growing again. He was immediately placed on chemo again. After months of chemo, his last MRI showed the tumor had now spread to the right hypothalamus and his the left frontal lobe , an area that is inoperable. Again, we sought second opinions from doctors from all over the country. He was rejected by all, due to the various chemos taken , the amount of radiation treatments or simply the location of the tumor.
On December 3, 2018 I placed my husband, Anthony on at home hospice care. He has lost most of his sight on the right eye and word location. He is very weak most days. He sleeps most of the time and experiences frequent vomiting.
As the journey continues and I look back at everything we did and all the places we went and the people that crossed our paths, I know that God’s hands have been carrying us. And continues to keep us afloat as we help my best friend, my husband and father to my kids complete his journey.