Apr 18, 2021 Latest post:
Sep 30, 2021
Thank you all for coming to this site and caring about Bob. This is Kimberly, Bob’s oldest, and I will be working on keeping people updated about his progress.
Here is a brief overview of what he has gone through so far: last February he was diagnosed with Class 4 Glioblastoma (GBM) in his frontal lobe. This is an aggressive type of brain cancer. Very quickly he was able to get connected with Duke University which is one of the best GBM care facilities in the country. There he had a resection of the tumor in early March which the doctors believed was successful in removing more than 90% of the growth. After healing for a few weeks from the surgery and dealing with an infection from the original biopsy he started Proton therapy (a type of radiation therapy but much more localized with fewer side effects) as well as chemo. At the completion of this phase of treatment in May the doctors believed that it was successful in addressing possible tumor growth.
At the end of June I was able to visit my dad over his 71st birthday and we decided as a family that relocating him to Georgia near my sister Melissa (and his grandson!) would be the best option at this time. Along with the physical effects from the treatments and meds he has been struggling with cognitive difficulties and needed more intensive care. It took a few weeks to make the move but with the support of family, friends, neighbors, and professional caregivers we made it to the South.
He is now living in a nice place with awesome caretakers about 10 minutes from Melissa and within a mile of where I will be staying when in Georgia. He is settling in well and already has a reputation as a bit of a troublemaker which as many of you know isn’t too surprising! We would love it if people would like to visit. Please reach out to me or Melissa if you would like to set up a time to see him. Please be aware that there will be Covid protocol such as masks and temperature checks for anyone who comes to visit.
Thank you to all of you who have reached out in support and please feel free to continue to do so. We will make sure that any messages left on here are relayed to him. It has been a tough journey but we are hoping that he can continue with the treatment that is best for him and enjoy more time with his family and friends. (Updated 8/16/21)