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Larry and Paula Ballard
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. I am Landry, the oldest of Larry and Paula's three kids, followed by David (California) and Jay (Florida). We are a "coast to coast" family! You all know our Dad ... his amazing resume of past jobs and accomplishments, hobbies and the love of his life - Paula. Late May 2018, things changed in their lives at the extreme level. Please read on and as you do, pray for continued grace, peace, mercy and love for this truly amazing couple.
May ___ 2018 Larry had trouble with extreme coughing and his breathing was constricted. He has been living with an extremely enlarged thyroid grand, doctors in WF telling him he would not survive a surgery due to his age. After a visit to professionals (several different types that have been regulars) a second option was clearly a necessity. With a packed car, Larry and Sam (their little white fluff ball of a dog) took off for UT Southwestern in Dallas. My husband and I met them in separate cars so he could take the dog home and I could stay to get this ball rolling. This was an emergency visit to the emergency room, he was struggling to breathe at this point, mom was prepared to call CareFlight during the drive if necessary. She is amazing! Amazing hospital!! They got him right in and began right away with the tests etc to determine just what was really happening. Mom had ALL of his records etc to help with this process. Several days later, a surgery was performed to remover 2/3 of his thyroid successfully - it was laughingly called "the baby" it was SO large. The 3 of us and mom waited patiently and were excited that all was good, it was the immediate danger and now he could breath better. It had been growing and pushing so long against his windpipe and was cutting his airway off. Now to the other parts. There are so many medical terms and Specialists names that I am not going to use right now, so here it is in layman's terms: small cell lung cancer in many places. So we began the doctor rotation with Specialists in their given fields - the Top in each area, so thankful! (He was in the hospital twice for about 10 days each visit and the care was amazing). Thyroid Doctor, done. Lung Doctor and Oncologist next. Scans, tests, etc. Then Chemo started then stopped. Then the breathing was still difficult due to the tumors growing and pushing against his windpipe. Radiologist next. Chemo stopped so that 15 treatments (.