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9/12/2016 Latest post:
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. Most of you know that back in January of 2014 Mike was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic prostate cancer, and though it had spread to the bones and was no longer curable it was treatable. Meaning they could try several different treatments to stop the progression of it until it figured out it could feed off something other than testosterone. He immediately started a program of steroids, bone building, hormone treatments and that seemed to work well for a while. It's been a constant struggle with pain levels and medications and insurance companies. When his PSA levels started climbing back up they offered an oral chemo treatment and that also seemed to help for a while. In February of this year he started having seizures and ended up in the hospital for a week to see if they could figure out what was causing the seizures (another insurance battle since they decided he didn't need to be there after the second day since he wasn't seizing anymore). They decided it was the chemo and stopped that treatment. In May they discussed putting him on a new chemo that he would start in June, but again there were insurance issues and by the time they were resolved at the end of July his condition was much worse. August first when his medicare took effect we went to his oncologist who decided it was time to call Hospice in. The next day he was put into the Hospice where they spent two weeks trying to get his pain to a tolerable level. He's is at home now and we are still playing with meds to find a level that he can tolerate the pain but still be aware of things around him. His spirits are still good and he's just as stubborn as ever. Had to make my first call to 911 Saturday morning because at 6:30 am he decided he could get himself up and walk to the bathroom on his own while I was sleeping. Luckily I heard the thud when he fell, but this time I was unable to lift him up. He may have broken something, but at this point all they can do is treat the pain. We'll know more when the Nurse come out tomorrow. All that said, we never would have made it this far without all the support from our family and friends, the continual prayers, meals, words of encouragement, ramp builders, furniture deliverers and the surprise donations that seem to come just when we need them. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and I will do my best to post any updates on this site to make it easier for all of us. We love all of you!!