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Aug 30, 2018 Latest post:
Sep 17, 2018
Welcome to Todd's CaringBridge website. Thank you for coming here to read updates and share your support. This is a chapter of Todd's life that took a sudden twist. For the past 8 weeks , Todd had been feeling sick with what he thought was pneumonia. It was enough to cause him to take a leave from work while he rested at home to feel better. Instead, Todd began to feel worse with headaches and nausea which were enough to lead him to the ER on 8/15. After tests were concluded, the doctors came in with the word we were all praying wouldn't be spoken... cancer. He has been diagnosed with non-small cell carcinoma which originated in his right lung and metastasized to the brain. He was given his first dose of chemotherapy on 8/18 and so far so good. The plan is to attack the lung cancer immediately with this strong dose of chemo. He will then have chemo once every 21 days. He will likely be released from Loma Linda Hospital in Murrieta to go home on Tuesday of this week. On Wednesday, Todd will begin radiation treatment for the lesions on the brain. These treatments will occur five days per week. Between the team of doctors and our family, we are exploring all options for long-term treatment.
Todd is optimistic and ready to FIGHT ON! He is focused on resting and eating healthy to give his body what it needs to fight. With his army of supporters by his side (including you), we have faith and hope that Todd's fight will end with a VICTORY!
This is a complex situation but what we DO know is that anything is possible with God. It is with that hope and faith that Todd along with we, as a family and village of supporters, face this mountain. We know there will be many people who want to reach out and do something. At this time, we are focused on the next steps for Todd. He has a wonderful girlfriend named Francesca who has already proved herself to be an angel with the way she hasn't left Todd's side. Her main focus is on Todd's comfort, but she is keeping an eye on his phone, reading him texts, and messages from this site. He has been very uplifted by those who have reached out and hope that this site will be an avenue to keep the support coming.
We will update this site as needed. For now, please know that we are big believers in the POWER OF PRAYER and ask that you take a few minutes each day to lift Todd and his team of doctors in your prayers. We also ask that you keep Francesca, who has graciously taken on the role of his caregiver, in your prayers as she will need God's grace and mercy as well. We can't wait to see ALL the good things God will do on this journey.
Your love, prayers, and support are truly appreciated.