This leg of the journey began in the fall of 2015 when David went to his doctor, at a clinic in Bismarck, for a routine check-up on type II Diabetes. This check-up included a CAT scan among other routine tests. The CAT scan revealed a lesion on his liver and therefore his physician recommended an MRI. After the MRI and a needle-core biopsy, it was determined that David had stage 2/3 Adenocarcinoma, with an unknown primary site or origin of the cancer, (eventually, through process of elimination, it was determined to be the Bile Duct/Bile Tree with a 3-4 year survival rate. (If you would like to help David please feel free to leave a donation on his GoFundme page found at http://www.gofundme.com/davidwilliams9
It was decided David would begin receiving treatment from a team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, IL which includes a nutritionist, naturopath, and oncologist. Initially he was given 12 chemotherapy treatments (over three months) to prevent the spread of cancer and attack the tumor; this treatment required him to travel to Illinois regularly. The chemo was difficult and left David fatigued but he persevered throughout the many trips and check-ups. After the three months of chemotherapy the tumor shrank only a few millimeters, and therefore was not successful enough, so the treatment was altered and a new approach was added which involves Radio embolization to target the tumor and eliminate it. This procedure, that David underwent in early July, eliminated the stronger of the two chemo ingredients which make it easier to get a less complicated chemo weekly infusion at home in Yucca Valley instead of frequent trips to Illinois. He would sincerely appreciate any encouraging words and your support, so please feel to comment below! Medical bills have piled-up despite insurance incurring some of the expense. Be sure to check back for any updates as David will be writing Journal (click the journal tab) entries on this site from time-to-time to keep his family and friends updated.