Jason Handy

First post: May 1, 2022 Latest post: Oct 4, 2022
Hi everyone,

Well here goes!  We've created this page to make sure all our family and friends are in the know regarding Jason's treatment and how we are doing!  First and foremost, thank you for your willingness to support Jason and myself during this very difficult time.  To be honest, it's been awful but we are making it solely based on our faith in God's plan for us and those he puts in our lives to lift us up - That's YOU!  We are confident that Jason going to beat this Cancer and will be back to grilling in no time.  He already wants to throw a "Jason Kicked Cancer's A**" party when we get back and he's feeling better.  I do love a party!  (Hopefully i don't offend with the language but we really do want to kick it in the booty!)

My plan is to offer updates about our time in New York about his treatment, how it's going but also about our experiences.  You know we are quite the couple and there should be some interesting adventures to report on.  

The good news: Jason has a very good prognosis and we are eager to get treatment started so we can kick cancer's BUTT!  

Here are some details to date:

Jason is diagnosed with a head and neck cancer called Squamous Cell Carcinoma  P16+.   It's an HPV related virus.  Apparently it's very common in  Caucasian males in their 50s!  The prognosis is good, like really good!  But the treatment combo of radiation and chemotherapy will be very hard.  

We have decided to get his treatment in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.   They are the best in the nation and after going there, I believe it.  Jason has been accepted into a clinical trial (YEAH!).  What does that mean -the trial offers a protocol that reduces the duration of the standard treatment.  This means instead of 7 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, he will be in the 3 week protocol.  AND he qualifies for Proton Therapy radiation which is awesome!  This type of radiation kills less of the good cells meaning less side effects hopefully.

Here's the catch with the trial.  We start treatment and then, after 10 days, MSK does a special pet scan that tests the amount of oxygen around the tumor.  If the results are good, then he will stop treatment after 3 weeks of radiation and 2 sessions of chemotherapy.  If not, we are there for the long haul.  So we are prayerful that that tumors respond to the treatment and allows him to stop at 3 weeks.

The hard part....While the prognosis is very good, the treatment is a beast!  The short- and long-term effects are brutal, which is why we are so hopeful that his body responds to the treatment!  We need big time prayers for little to no side effects.  I'm pretty specific in my prayers these days!

I know you guys are thinking - What about Winston and Daisy???  Right!  Sadly, they are not made for the city.  In fact, they'd hate it.  My sister Emilie has volunteered to move down to Virginia to care for them while we are gone.  That's a huge relief and blessing.  

I want to thank each of you for the love and support you've offered us over the last several months.  We couldn't do this without you!  

Dan/Rich - Thank you for staying with Winston and Daisy while we've been in NYC.  They are completely spoiled by you two!

For those who have dropped off food! Wow and Yum and Thank You!  I believe everyone knows my culinary abilities.  Don't worry, I'll make sure he doesn't starve in NY.  

Each and every one of you have supported us in some manner (prayers, check-in's, food, transportation, love, encouragement, songs, etc...it's all been comforting).  There are so many people to thank and recognize and i don't want to leave anyone out so I'm just going to say, you know who you are.  Most important, I love you all!

Please note: I don't want folks to feel like they can't reach out to us via text or calls because you can.  My goal with page is to provide details I would normally send in mass text.  So...be ready for Tuesday's train ride adventure.  

New York's not ready for this Handy family....but here we come!