Sep 15, 2013 Latest post:
Jul 10, 2020
Hi and welcome to my site. I will try to post as much as I can.
CANCER RETURNS 2020
July 2019 I notice that when I took selfies to send to Debbie that my right eye lid is not all the way open. I go to my eye Dr and I am told that the tendon that controls the eye lid has detached from my skull, So Friday before Labor day I have surgery to correct tendon. ( 6 years before I went to the Dr to get abdomen check which ended up being cancer). After surgery i am swollen which Dr said should go down in 2-3 weeks. After 3 week no reduction in swelling. She gives me steroids and swelling goes down, but then swells back up as soon as I stop steroids. So she does some research and we try a couple different things which do not work so she suggests I get an MRI. The MRI shows i have a mass near my eye which is causing the swelling and probably my tendon issue. She then take a biopsy and it come back as cancerous.
Fortunately the next day I have my annual appt with my Oncologist Matt Adess as Dr Dragon had retired back in 2013 (I was his last patient). We discuss what has been going on and he has me get a CT and Pet scans to see how much my cancer spread beyond my eye. It shows that I have cancer in my abdomen and pelvis. We discussed my treatment plan and determine that I need to go see Dr Gordon who did my Stem Cell treatment back in 2014. I go see Dr Dragon and we discuss that I will try a newer treatment protocol called CAR T. They take my T cells and add some medicine to that which gives them “Battle Armor”. They will then insert them back into me to fight my cancer. Will be in the hospital for 3-4 weeks then around the homestead for another month or so.
I have beaten Cancer once and I will again. I am bringing back my Inner Warrior
Here is my original story from 2013 : I have been having some medical issues over this past summer which the doctor thought that might be a kidney infection.He treated it as such and the issue did not go away as expected after the treatment.I then went back to the doctor and he started to feel around and found a mass in my abdomen. I then got a ultrasound and they found 3 more masses in my abdomen that they believed were lymphoma.As luck would have it the radiologist who read my ultrasound is my next door neighbor and coaches with me on our daughters’ travel softball team. He immediately got me another scan that is more definite. It confirmed the diagnosis. My Radiologist was able to fast track the additional procedures I have had over the last week, so that I could prepare for my treatment starting this coming Monday September 16. The type of lymphoma that I have is very treatable it has 75% success rate after the first regimen.I will not need surgery or radiation, only Chemo.I start on this coming Monday.It has been a very fast process, within two weeks of the Dr. feeling the mass I will start on the journey to recovery. My treatment will allow me to work.I have the chemo on every third Monday for 6 treatments (~18 Weeks) and a shot the following Tuesday for bone marrow growth stimulation. So all things being equal (knock wood) around middle of January 2014 I should be cleared and my life can resume to whatever the new normal is for me and my family. I understand that I can not change the past but only focus on the future. I am in good spirits and am positive I can beat this. I wrestled in high school and have watched the process for wrestling to stay in the Olympics and came across this quote which I believe represents me: "Inside each person is a warrior. But most of us go through life without tapping into that. Those who have wrestled, have found that inner warrior, and it guides you thru life. Wrestling draws all kinds of people, but creates only one: warriors."