Welcome to Bob's CaringBridge site. I've created it to have one place to keep friends and family updated. Feel free to share with others.
Bob was diagnosed with a very rare ocular melanoma behind his eye in July of 2010. They treated it with radiation in September at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. It kept growing back so they removed his eye in October of 2012 (note Bob's hat above and why he feels a special connection with the Minion, Stuart). We continued to go back to Rochester every few months for checkups. In February of 2014 they found that the cancer had spread to his lungs. We then starting going to oncology at the Nebraska Medical Center (now Nebraska Medicine) in Omaha. He had chest scans every four months and the tumors seemed to be growing very slowly. The past few weeks he has had a lot of pain in his lower back so he went to the doctor in Fremont on March 17. His white cell count was double what it should be so he checked Bob into the hospital. Scans revealed that he had a brain bleed so they sent him by ambulance to Omaha. Further scans there revealed that the cancer had also spread to his brain and his spine. He was released on March 22. We are home now trying to manage the pain. Between the pain meds and the radiation, he sleeps most of the time. We are going to Omaha every day for radiation to the brain which started on March 23 and will be every weekday for three weeks. Beyond that, we are not sure of anything yet. Home Health started coming today and we will be going back to his oncologist this coming Wednesday so we should know more then. I will update you again after that.
Bob does not get use the Internet so he won't check this site, and he also no longer checks his phone, but I will relay your messages. If you would like to send him a card, our address is:
2506 N Wyoming Ave Fremont, NE 68025
We appreciate your prayers during this time when it matters most.