The Francis Family Foundation, generous CaringBridge donors, are honoring supporters like you by doubling all donations to CaringBridge, up to $25,000. Make a donation by December 12 to be counted.
Dec 28, 2016 Latest post:
May 23, 2017
A slight pain in Jeff's hip this past summer quickly turned into a limp and the pain nearly immobilized him by October. After several tests, scans, and x-rays, doctors determined that his hip pain was caused by a tumor growing in his femur. Since the surgery, we’ve learned that a tiny, 8mm nodule in his lung is the primary cancer that has caused the aggressive, metastatic tumor in his femur. He underwent a surgery just before Thanksgiving to have carbon fiber rods placed in his femur to stabilize the bone where the tumor had done the most damage. While this was a crucial surgery to stabilize his femur, it did not slow the growth of cancer. Recently (late December), we learned that his bone has continued to deteriorate and that this is an extremely unusual and aggressive cancer- more so than doctors initially thought and especially considering that it is coming from such a small, tiny cancer in his lung. With this knowledge, his doctor's are now recommending that he have another surgery to replace the deteriorated bone with a metal rod to stabilize the bone and give him more mobility and pain relief before continuing with radiation and chemotherapy. We are using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting, please feel free to pass this along to your friends and family, as we ask for thoughts, prayers, and good vibes from all over the place!