As most of you know, Evylen Fresina (Kendrick) and Jimmy Miller knew each other from high school. After many, many years of having their own kids and their own past marriages, they decided to give it a "GO!" and were married last October. In the beginning, it seemed as if they had found what they had been missing for so many years, and both seemed to be a in a place of true peace and serenity. They were in love and loving "living" their new lives!
Things went well for sometime, but shortly after, both Evylen and Jimmy began to experience some health issues that they knew would soon have to be addressed. In the beginning, only smaller health issues began to appear; for instance; Jimmy's small bouts of pneumonia, he needed a procedure to get his esophagus stretched, he needed extensive dental work done, and was continuing to have MOHs procedures on his face to remove tissue that "might one day" turn into melanoma. Evylen had a few constant battles of her own with getting her HIGH blood pressure under control, getting shots to control some of the back pain she was having, dealing with severe panic attacks, and taking care of the benign tumor on her kidneys that had to be checked out via cystoscope, and fairly quickly TOO...because she had already beaten bladder cancer twice by the time she was in her fifties.
While, some of these issues were taken care of on an as-needed-basis, they continued to live out the plans they had made together as newlyweds! Their plans included living in Northern Mississippi, where Jimmy could complete the contract job that he had accepted, and sick or not, he was determined to complete his time there. However, once that job was finished, they agreed to take a few weeks OFF before he would try to find another job. They decided that with the extra time, they would start taking care of some of those "looming" medical issues, and then take some time for themselves and do some extensive traveling!!!
Eventually, all of the planning and scheduling just started to unravel. They were in Baton Rouge for a friend's funeral service, on March 3rd, and at the wake, Jimmy suffered a stroke. He was in the hospital for several days, and they finally decided they would put a "loop" (recorder) in his chest to monitor for a-fib. The results of the monitor have still yet to be determined, however, as the two of them normally do, they kept on moving along from one doctor's office to the next, getting all of their medical needs taken care of, so they could start enjoying some of their time off for themselves!!!
Jimmy was scheduled for his MOHs surgery last Wednesday, March 16th. To them, it was a typical day in one of their many doctor's offices. Unfortunately, this visit is where all of the planning stopped, all of the visiting stopped, and simply just living life as they were use to had stopped! At this appointment, the doctor worked on Jimmy's face from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and was still unable to get "clear margins," meaning he would not be able to get all of it out. The doctor told Jimmy and Evylen that this was his first case where he was unable to extract all of the bad cells during an office visit. At that time, the doctor decided for Jimmy to go to Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, to complete the removal and also determine what type of cancer they were working with because he did not believe it to be melanoma. They left disappointed with a 3" by 4" open wound on his left temple, and were told to head straight to Tulane, which meant they couldn't even return home to get extra clothes, medications, anything.
This story is only beginning, certainly not completed! SO, for now, I will say...TO BE CONTINUED...
In Journal #1, I have listed out tomorrow's procedures, or at least what we know at this time. Because we knew we would have many updates, and possible changes in care and/or treatment, we thought this website would be a great tool for ALL family and friends to be able to check in on his progress. Please feel free to leave messages for him and Evylen on here as well. Support from our loved ones is always comforting and helps us during the healing process!
I would like to personally thank you for supporting my family, and most importantly, thank you for the many PRAYERS that I know will continue to come as we fight our way through this process! God Bless! Erin Kendrick Corban