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9/6/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our Martin's 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...we cherish each of you. Having family and friends ~ especially in time of crisis ~ is priceless.
Martin was first diagnosed in June 2005 with Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer. He spent the 12 months having three surgeries, a temporary ileostomy bag, radiation, and chemotherapy. Martin is extremely fit and healthy, eats well, exercises, etc. It has been 11 years since then, and we are disheartened to confirm that the colon cancer is back. #CancerSucks
Martin's back started to hurt in June 2016, and it got steadily worse. He had just had a six-month check-up with his oncologist, and all the blood work had been clear. Assuming it was a soccer injury that needed addressing, he finally went in for an X-ray, then eventually an MRI when steroids did not help. The MRI showed a mass in his T7 vertebrae, as well as a 5.5 cm mass in his lower right lung. This was quickly followed up by another oncology visit, as well as a CT Scan and a Bone Scan. A lung biopsy of the mass was performed [Aug 30] (which confirmed colorectal cancer in the lung), and a kyphoplasty was performed [Sep 2] which biopsied the tumor, burned as much of the tumor out, and repaired the compressed fracture in T7.