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Philip Randall Farris
The Culinary Surgeon
Jan 21, 2018 Latest post:
Mar 14, 2018
We loved our "once-in-a-lifetime" RV adventure last summer. Up to Minnesota, across the West to Seattle; Oregon, California and Utah's magnificient national parks, then back home (22 states and almost 10,000 miles). It was such a delight visiting with family and friends throughout our trip. And a blessing to be with my Dad for one last visit before he passed away.
In early December, Phil went into the hospital for back pain. Blood work done at West Jeff Hospital confirmed that his multiple myeloma had returned. Phil's first chemo treatments were at Tulane University (where he went to med school here in New Orleans). The treatments were extremely hard on him, but his cancer responded well and he went into remission last May.
With this good news, we started our trip last June, stopping first in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Myeloma Institite at the University of Arkansas. Sam Walton also had MM and built this state-of-the-art facility here. Tests were done, treatments determined, and we were cleared to hit the road. Life is short: Take the trip!
Our game plan: We arrived in Little Rock late Wednesday, January 17th returning to the Myeloma Institute to begin more aggressive treatments and tocollect stem cells for an eventual stem cell transplant. Sounds daunting, but we are up to the task. We will be there for 3-4 weeks of treatments, then home to New Orleans and then back again. Will know more after the many tests are done this week.
We are touched by so many calls, emails and texts and wish we could keep up personally with all, but cannot. This site, Caring Bridge, seems to be the best for keeping everyone updated. We love the texts, voice mails, calls and emails but won't be able to respond as we would like.
We count our blessings to have so many angels helping us with this journey. And prayer warriors. And dear and supportive family and friends. Your love gives us great strength. Love to you all!