Can you support CaringBridge during our March campaign? Generous donors like you ensure that CaringBridge remains ad-free, private and protected.
Doug Hemsley the Fighter
Oct 8, 2017 Latest post:
Feb 16, 2018
Whilst on a Guys trip in August with my brother Don and longtime Friend Paul (whether the trip was a good time or not I still have not decided), I began having issues with my voice. It sounded like I had lost my voice, and it just never seemed to come back. This went on for about a month, and Don and Paul finally convinced me to go see a doctor. I visited the ENT, and at first they discovered nothing wrong. They gave me some acid reflux medicine and sent me on my way. However, the state of my condition remained stagnant. Then, September 1st, the ENT doctor did a scope of my throat and discovered my right vocal chord was paralyzed. September 7th, they did an MRI of my throat area, and this was when the news really started to become worrisome. The doctors found a tumor in my throat. On the 12th of September, I had a routine 6 month check up for my kidneys. The staff performed an ultrasound on my abdomen area, and again more bad news. 1 tumor was found in my liver, and 8 were located on my spleen that had not been there 6 months previous. The following day, we conducted a swallow test in an attempt to uncover why I still did not have a voice. At this point, I was informed of yet another tumor on my right lung. On September 18th they did a CT chest scan that revealed 8 more tumors on my right lung and 2 on my left. A week later, I went in for a PET scan to ensure that there were no more tumors throughout my body and luckily they did not find anymore (finally some good news!). After a very long process of tests and check-ups, that is still ongoing, they performed a liver biopsy on October 5th, which confirmed the worst, that I had Cancer.