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Update 2-18-17: Due to the fact that the irradiated tumor in Fred's femur not only withstood radiation, but continued to grow, we have decided to not treat further. Yesterday we signed on for in-home hospice services, and it's a big relief to Freddie to not have to run to doctors' and lab appointments any more and to have those things cared for here. It seems his world is closing in further, which is hard to watch, but evidently it's quite natural. There is hope that some of the hospice-prescribed medications can make a positive difference in his sleepiness and demeanor, so we'll see. Our meeting with the hospice folks was good. It was also very hard at times, as we were asked to make several decisions about end-of-life care. But we're very glad to have them on our side. I'm back at work two days a week, and those who sit with him while I'm away get to watch a lot of movies with him! Thank you to those of you who support us in so many ways, and for your continued prayers--we truly value them and can feel them.
Update 12-31-16: We're currently in "waiting mode"--at the end of 2-3 months we'll see if the now-finished radiation has effectively shrunk the tumor in Freddie's femur, resulting in less pressure on his fracture and therefore less pain; and waiting a few weeks before starting oral targeted therapies to work at containing the size of the tumor in his kidney. While we are in this "lull" I hope to return to work 2 days a week so as to not use up all my 2017 PTO immediately. You all have been very kind in coming alongside us in so many wonderful and creative ways, and we thank God for you. We wish you a Happy New Year!
A quick synopsis (11-9-16): Fred has been diagnosed with kidney cancer which has spread to his femur. The cancer is not in his new kidney; his two "native" kidneys still exist, and the cancer is in the right one. An orthopedic surgeon placed a rod in his femur on October 17 to prevent fractures and to stabilize the leg.
Fred was in the hospital for two weeks and then spent two weeks in rehab, and finally returned home to us yesterday! He will likely begin radiation to the leg in a couple of weeks and then targeted therapies in about a month. We have been told these treatments are only for the purpose of controlling pain and are not curative. Obviously, this is very tough news. Thank you for standing with us.
A few have asked where to find the Meal Train link (it was buried deep down in a previous post!) - feel free to sign up here if you're able to support in this way: https://mealtrain.com/89q80n
[The "original" Fred's Story--9-23-16] As most of you know, Fred has been dealing with a myriad of health issues through the past several years. Beginning a year and a half ago, he ended up with a very bad toe infection which eventually led to a nasty leg infection and two amputated toes. Fred says that things are healing nicely, but the toes just won't seem to grow back. ;-) Having been home from work since December 2015, he is now facing a new challenge, a.k.a Chapter 284.
About a month ago, Fred began experiencing intense pain in his right hip. His doctor ordered tests, which revealed a tumor in his right femur.
As I'm writing this (Sept. 23, 2016), we are in a waiting period of not knowing where this journey will lead and what God will teach us through it.
Updated information will be posted on the 'journal' section of this site.
Thank you for your constant love and support. We feel incredibly uplifted by your prayers and encouragement. If there's one thing I know, it's that my dad is a very loved man. =)