Jim Dunn

First post: Jul 2, 2017 Latest post: Jul 3, 2017

We assume you are visiting this site today because you are aware of Dad's journey with cancer over the past two years. Our intention is to keep all Dad's friends and loved ones updated with his progress. His journey has been a gift in a way as it has given us precious time as a family to prioritize our relationship with Dad and each other, and have meaningful and important conversations about the inevitable. Here's a brief summary of Dad's story from the time of diagnosis:
On December 8th, 2014 Dad was initially diagnosed with terminal small-cell lung cancer, a very aggressive form of the disease. His oncologist suggested an expected timeline for survival to be measured in months with treatment, or weeks without treatment. Dad chose to go through radiation and chemotherapy to prolong his time with his family. Through many rounds of radiation on his shoulder, lungs, brain and liver, along with as many rounds of chemotherapy, Dad kept this aggressive disease at bay for more than 2 years. His oncologist said Dad was in the 2% category of survivors with this condition. During this extended timeline Dad saw all four of his oldest grandchildren graduate from High school.

On June 24, 2017 Dad had an updated CT scan which showed a significant increase in tumor activity within his entire body. From the beginning he was aware at some point the cancer would become resistant to intervention methods (chemo, radiation), and it had finally happened. Dad's oncologist informed dad that further efforts would only reduce the quality of life he would experience, and she suggested hospice care be arranged to ensure the final chapter of his life he would still be able to focus on what mattered to him the most, his family and friends. Although from the beginning Dad has beat all timelines and expectations, his most recent timeframe was described as most likely weeks instead of months.

At this time, we are optimistic that Dad will again beat any given timelines and be with us for many more months. However, we are all realistic as well, and know this is a precious time to allow as many of us who would like to talk with or see Dad to have the opportunity. Dad is easily fatigued as his body gives it a final stoic battle against the cancer, so notes through Caring Bridge might be the best way to let him know you are thinking of him and sending him well wishes.

Thank you for being a part of Dad's life and seeing the amazing man his is. We are thankful for you!

Katy, Kelly, Pete and Tim

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