Hello all. Thank you for visiting to find out more about this journey David, Jennifer, Joel & Sophia are on. They are so thankful for the support you have all already given and for the words of encouragement you have texted daily. I hope that you will check in to this site regularly to see the latest and continue to send encouragement, love and prayers their way! So many have offered to help. As soon as a date is set for treatment and we have determined where the needs are, I will get a list together and communicate with you all. Thank you again!
Blessings, Alicia (Jennifer's sister)
A brief history to date
- June 20, 2017: Joel found David having a grand mal seizure at home. David was taken to MUSC Hospital (Medical University of South Carolina) where they found two lesions in his left temporal lobe. - June 29, 2017: David had an "awake" craniotomy to debulk (remove as much as possible) and biopsy the tumor. Pathology showed a Grade 4 Astrocytoma also known as a Glioblastoma. - July 31, 2017: Jennifer and David spent the day at Duke University Medical Center with some amazing doctors. They confirmed David's diagnosis and talked about immediate treatment plans and potential trial treatment options. They have determined that it is best to start treatment with chemo and radiation now. - August 2, 2017: David and Jennifer are back home getting Sophia ready for school, keeping their business running and waiting on the start date for treatment.
Treatment Plan David will undergo a 6 week concomitant course of radiation and chemotherapy followed by monthly treatment for a year (5 consecutive days per month). He will have an MRI every 8 weeks to monitor the tumor. These images will be hand delivered to the team at Duke University. If the tumor starts to grow again the doctors will re-evaluate potential treatment trials for David and also consider different 2nd round treatments. The Radiation Oncologist and Oncologist in Charleston will be working tightly with the team at Duke to determine the best course of action each step of the way.