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Sep 24, 2018
As I was reading through Patrick's story I realized there is a bit of a gap for some folks. Back in the fall of last year Patrick showed Mike and I a lump he had under his right armpit. The doctor thought it was an infected fatty cyst (lipoma) and treated it with 2 rounds of antibiotics. It did nothing to change it so surgery was the next step to remove it. It wasn't a lipoma but was metastatic melanoma. He had a PET scan that showed some lymph nodes that were diseased (cancerous) so had a second surgery. He had 37 lymph nodes removed and 2 were cancerous. The oncologist recommended radiation. Patrick started RT on Feb. 20 and finished his first 28 radiation treatments on March 30. We were hoping that he would be through and his skin could could start to heal from the burn caused by the radiation and that he would gain his energy back. But that isn't the case...he starts 35 more radiation treatments for his tonsils. The dentist found a growth on his left tonsil in early March. After a trip to the ENT and a biopsy we learned it was another melanoma tumor. Mike and/or I will try to post updates as he goes through the next round of radiation. This one isn't going to be as easy as the last because his throat will most likely become very irritated and sore. Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers.