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1/30/2017 Latest post:
Hello all. This is Beth Ferreira, Frank's sister-in-law (Maureen's sister). You are here because of the connection you have with Frank, Maureen, Patrick and Andrew. So many of you have done so much from both a physical and spiritual perspective. And believe me, it is so deeply appreciated. So, we want to keep you updated on his journey.
The Kriff family is taking 1 day at a time. That philosophy seems to make things a little less overwhelming. Frank's progress is boing monitored by his medical team. CT scans and MRIs are both done periodically with the next ones scheduled in late January and the 2nd week in February. Please keep that in your prayers.
Frank's diagnosis was made in late October. Thank God, his team at Mass General developed an aggressive plan of treatment to battle the growth in his brain and the lung cancer. Frank had brain surgery on October 27. He stayed at MGH for a week or so and then was transferred to Spaulding Rehab for a couple of weeks. He then came home right before Thanksgiving. He had 14 radiation treatments which so many of you assisted with rides. These were difficult due to the rigorous schedule (14 treatments over a 2 1/2 week schedule, with many of them requiring a 7am arrival at MGH) And stated simply, the radiation made him feel like crap. His last radiation treatment was on December 12th. Now he is onto the next part of his treatment plan - Immunotherapy treatments. He is also getting physical therapy treatments at home - to build up his strength and to help him with balance issues. He will soon start PT treatments for some neck pain. Maureen is back to work, not on a full time basis. Andrew gets to spend time at home with Frank, as the recent college graduate, searching for the perfect job. In the meantime, he is Frank's physical therapy aide. And Patrick stops by nearly every night to watch basketball or football games and to chat with Frank . It has been heartwarming to hear and witness how these four are sticking together. And the demonstration of love they physically show each other. Frank is doing OK mentally. He has lots of time to think. And we all know that can be a god thing and a bad thing. Please feel to reach out to him. Ask him if he is up for a visit. If he isn't, he will be honest. Please keep the Kriffs in your thoughts and prayers.