3 years ago

Larry I. Johnson, Sr.

First post: Feb 22, 2011 Latest post: Jan 4, 2021
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated without taking many hours to contact you individually. Larry has had many health issues starting with Hepatitis C in 1987-1989. Followed by a balloon angioplasty on the main artery on the back of his heart in 1992. In 2001 he had prostate cancer surgery. 2006 brought open heart surgery 4 bypasses and an aortic valve replacement. He had successful back surgery a couple years before this to remove a metal fragment that was threatening to paralyze him. In April, 2010 he had an accident in the 18 wheeler when 3 semis plowed into the back of him on i-80 in Indiana , resulting in a mild frontal lobe injury that caused him to lose many memories. In late 2010 his prostate cancer returned and he had 38 radiation treatments and female hormone treatments. In 2012 he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis which caused a hospitalization to get the pain under control. 2014 was the year for pulmonary fibrosis to be discovered, caused by the RA, he is not a candidate for lung transplant. In February 2019 he was clear of any cancer but his left lung had a soft tissue mass which was not cancerous. In October 2019 during an ER admission for pain in his chest that would not go away it was discovered his cancer had returned. His pulmonologist ran a PSA test to see if his prostate area was producing cancer enzymes again, it should be 0-4, his was 444.6. The oncologist showed us his PET scan, all his bones in his body have cancer except his right arm and left leg. It is 4th stage prostate cancer. He is taking Xtandi every day Xgeva once a month, Lupron every 3 months and was on a bone strengthener all to try to contain the cancer. Between Christmas and New Year he was hospitalized with pancreatitis that was a side effect of the bone strengthener. Thank you all for your prayers, good thoughts and support during these difficult times. We are sure God has us in His hands and we are walking day by day, minute by minute.