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9/17/2016 Latest post:
Hello Everyone, This is Rick Potter from Daytona Beach, living now in Peachtree City , GA (Class of Seabreeze HS 1977, University of Central Florida 1982). My wife Paige and I, and our three children Adam (27), Nathan (24) and Hannah (21) have decided to provide this information on Caring Bridge in an effort to keep our family, and friends in the know in our fight against cancer. We have so much going on that we wanted to make sure that everyone was kept up to date. Feel free to share this site with people who want to know my status as we plan on keeping it up to date with each new development.
History: In a nutshell I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in Jan of 2012, after two surgeries in Jan and Feb. radiation and 6 months of Folfox chemo therapy I was declared cancer free. In Sept of 2014 I had symptoms that required exploratory surgery and was diagnosed at that time with recurrent cancer. Complications from the surgery resulted in delayed treatment and several more operations through Dec of that year. A follow up PET Scan in June of 2015 found continued malignancy. Paige and I traveled to MD Anderson, Duke, and Emory for second opinions on treatment options and my son Nathan and I traveled to Dana Farber. We were advised the cancer was inoperable. I was evaluated for upcoming trials at all of these intuitions, including John Hopkins, the National Cancer Institute and others. While being evaluated for and waiting for potential trials I was placed back on various chemotherapy regiments and some targeted therapies, none of which worked, this was July of 2015 thru May of 2016. Getting low on options here in the United States we visited a specialty cancer center in Brannenburge Germany. I received 3 weeks of hyperthermia and O2 therapy in June of 2016. The experience in Germany was wonderful and we met many new friends looking for alternative cancer treatment therapies. Unfortunately these treatments did not totally stop the progression of disease. Long story short we have recently been given the option for a complex surgical procedure from Emory Winship Cancer Institute that would hopeful remove this tumor once and for all. We have decided to pursue this option and will use the webpage to keep all of our wonderful friends and family informed. We truly feel your prayers and are so thankful for all of the support, kindness, grace and love we have received on this journey.
The good news is I still have my hair, and have worked through the whole process as President of CAR Financial Services. God Bless! Rick Potter