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Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. Hopefully this will be a better way to keep family and friends updated as we go forward on this journey.
Sam's current health concerns started in October of 2015 with anemia and small intestine intusseseption . . . that is when the intestine gets pulled into itself. There semed to be no reason for it even though he swallowed a small camera that took up to 60,000 pictures of his intestinal tract.
This went on with the anemia improving but the intusseseption getting worse until April 23, 2016 when he was admitted to Overlake Hospital. On the 24th he had a golf ball size tumor remove that proved to be metastatic melanoma. He had had melanoma on his left back shoulder in 2006 and we thought all was well.
Tests followed and revealed a tumor in his left temporal lobe in the communication area, and two small tumors in his left lung. The brain tumor was treated with pinpoint radiation called cyber-knife on June 1st. Sam started immunotherapy on July 1, 2016. His last treatment of that was September 2 at which time his liver functions had also been attacked.
December 6, 2016 a second brain tumor was found on his thalamus and was treated again with the cyber-knife on December 30th. There were also a few small tumors in his lung but scans did not show melanoma anywhere else.
January 13, 2017 Sam started running intermittent fever spikes ranging from 100.4 to 102.8. This went on for four days with three trips to urgent care. Finally on January 17th he was admitted to the hospital. During the week he was there they gave him 7-8 bags of fluid for severe dehydration and he put on 30 pounds.
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