May 14, 2019 Latest post:
Nov 13, 2021
Welcome to Scooby's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated. As we've widened the circle, it's hard to keep everyone up to date. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
Almost 3 years ago, Scott beat "squames" or Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the ethmoid sinus with surgery and radiation. Earlier this year, symptoms began that pointed to something going on. They thought it was a benign polyp and planned to surgically remove it. While doing more extensive scans, they diagnosed that it had grown aggressively in a few weeks and had spread to the paranasal sinus (caverness sinus), into the eye socket and to the meninges and dura. At that point, it was no longer operable and he immediately started immunotherapy and chemotherapy.
A lot changed in a short period of time. Words like "shock " and "never" were used by the surgical team to describe how unexpected this turn of events was to them. They say that "we need a miraculous response from chemo" and expect to get it.
Despite it all, I have had a sense of serenity that is guiding me. I'm wondering about maintaining the courage to deal with pain if things become tough. We jumped on treatment quickly, completing the first session in April. My friends and family have been nothing short of amazing. I pray to the good Lord above and thank him for this every day. I appreciate your willingness to check in here for updates. I don't say it much. but I love, admire, and respect each of you. You have made my life and Jennifer's life better. For that I will always be grateful.
3 years and nothing short of at least one miracle later, we're back at MD Anderson for more. This time it's a pretty dramatic approach, removing my left eye and optic nerve to finally get the remaining cancer. It's going to be a long road ahead, but there's still a lot of life to live.