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Aug 17, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Brad has been the love of my life since I was 17 years old. In the last 19 years we have built an amazing life for ourselves. We have been married for 13 years and have 3 beautiful children, Chase, Bella and Bryson. Brad graduated from Rockhurst back in 2001 and has worked for Sprint since then. I have bounced around between teaching, staying home with our children, working as a CNA, and most recently working towards a Nursing Degree.
On January 20, 2015 Brad was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He had been having back pain and hip pain for almost 2 years prior to his diagnosis. We had visited many doctors, visited a pain clinic, consulted several chiropractors and Brad had even tried several months of physical therapy. Prior to his diagnosis he had started doing yoga every night in our living room, which Bella would try and do with him, she was only 3 at the time. On that day our lives changed forever. After having some lab work that came back not so great, our new family doctor recommended Brad have a colonoscopy done. They found a large mass in his colon which kept them from completing the colonoscopy. We would later find out that he also had tumors on both sides of his liver. He was told he was not a candidate for surgery and chemotherapy was his best option. He completed several rounds of chemotherapy before his tumors shrunk enough to allow him to have surgery.
On August 26th, 2015 Brad endured a more than 12 hour long surgery to remove the mass from his colon, remove tumors from his liver and perform ablation on the tumors that could not be resected from his liver. The road to recovery after this surgery was very hard. Brad had to be readmitted to the hospital for about 10 days after he was released due to a very bad infection. This led to many weeks of IV antibiotics and a lot of rest to feel better! We were hoping that this surgery would help Brad take some time off of chemo and let his body rest. Unfortunately in October we found out that the tumors in his liver were coming back. This led to chemotherapy starting back up again. From October 2015 until November 2017 many different IV drug therapies were used and were successful for some time before we would have to switch to a new drug. However, in December 2017 we were told that the IV chemotherapy drugs were not working anymore and they were out of options.
In January 2018 he made the decision to stop working, as going to work each day was proving to be difficult for his body. Since then he has been able to put his energy and focus into his kids and supporting them when he can. He loves to watch them play soccer, basketball, baseball and softball and goes to as many games as he can. Back in May, Brad had several days where he was feeling very nauseous and puked several times. He ended up staying in the hospital overnight for some hydration and we learned that a tumor in his liver was growing and starting to compress on his bile ducts, causing him to get sick. On May 11, Brad had a radioembolization treatment done on his liver, where they injected radioactive beads to help shrink his tumors. For a week after this treatment, Brad was considered radioactive and could have very little close contact with all of us. For the past 2 months he has been resting up and letting his body recover from the treatment. We were hoping that treatment would help buy him some more time.
This past week were were given the news that Brad's lab values, specifically his liver values, are not stable enough for him to continue any more treatment. His liver is just not able to process all those meds. We made the difficult decision to allow Hospice to come in and start taking over his care. Our hope is that by starting this process now he will be able to use any and all resources that they have to offer. If you would like to follow our journey I will do my best to post updates here.