Joseph Ritter IV Joseph Ritter IV

First post: May 2, 2017 Latest post: Jun 1, 2017
Hello and welcome to the care page for Joseph John Ritter IV - my daddy, my hero, and an amazing husband, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, in-law and friend to many. I hope to keep you updated with my dad's fight against cancer, answer questions, and gather your support. After months of digestive issues, diverticulitis, blood clots, kidney failures, low oxygen levels, and pain, my dad was diagnosed on April 25th with adenocarcinoma. The cancer is advanced and is of unknown origin, although the doctors believe it has originated in his gut. It has metastasized to many areas of his body including his liver, spine, and lymph nodes. Dad has elected chemotherapy treatment which will begin Tuesday, May 2nd. A mediport was inserted on April 27th so that two types of chemotherapy can be administered. The bi-weekly infusions will be about 5 hours, and then he will go home with the second type of chemo that will be pumped in over a 48-hour period. This chemotherapy is palliative and not experimental and not aggressive with the goal being to shrink the areas causing the kidney failure and back pain and keep the cancer from growing and spreading. Please feel free ask questions, show your support, and send prayers. My dad is an extremely strong person both physically and emotionally and is taking this on with strong faith and positivity. He has a huge heart and is deeply devoted to loving and taking care of his family and friends. We all know he would do anything for anyone. His great kindness and tremendous patience are true virtues of his which we all admire.  The humor he is keeping with the countless doctors and nurses he has come in contact with show his selflessness to keep a smile on everyone's face.  Smile for him please!

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