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Larry's Story: Larry was diagnosed with stage IIIa lung cancer on March 1st. He went through a very aggressive chemo and radiation treatment for 6 weeks, ending on May 11th. Larry made it through the entire treatment without hospitalization, which most patients are unable to do. On May 21st Larry ended up in the hospital and in an emergency cath lab to drain fluid from around the heart; he was in a life threatening heart condition called cardiac tamponade. From there we learned he also has blood clots in both his legs and one in his lung. Testing was done and showed the fluid from around his heart showed cancer cells, meaning the lung cancer had metastasized and was in stage IV. This was all quite the shock since Larry has been completely healthy his entire life and never even had to take any medications. He spent a total of 17 days in the hospital and had an open heart surgery to put in a pericardial window to drain the fluid from around his heart into his chest cavity.
Larry went back into the hospital July 6th for 3 days because he was having trouble breathing. They ended up draining fluid from around his right lung and put in a drainage catheter so we can drain it at home. Larry started up an immunotherapy chemo treatment last week, which is 8 weeks long, 4 treatments every other week. The drainage catheter seemed to help up for about 2 weeks then Larry started to get worse again. He was admitted again to the hospital July 25th battling being able to breathe and as of last night, July 27th, atrial flutter.
It has been an extreme roller coaster for Larry, his family, and his friends. In just a few months our world has drastically changed and Larry is in the fight of his life. It was like we had an earthquake hit and some major aftershocks. We are so thankful for all of the love and support we’ve received these past few months and wanted to spread the word and keep people updated from here on out. We are still hopeful Larry will make it through this and praying God will prevail.