Benjamin’s Story

Site created on April 17, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated.  Here we will be able to tell you about Ben's cancer diagnosis and treatment.  We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.  Many of you have asked how you can help.  We created a calendar of needs, mainly meals and yard work.  We are hoping to get assistance with meals 2-3 times per week and yard work every other week.    Thank you for your friendship and support.  It means so much to all of us.  Best, Autumn

Newest Update

Journal entry by Autumn Coulter

It's been awhile since I've posted.  I'm just tired of everything.  I'm tired of all the Hell Ben and the kids and I are going through.  He is not eating well.  He's lost a lot of weight.  His platelets are very low.  He does chemo tomorrow night.  Then he'll see the doctor Friday.  September 25th is his next MRI and b/c the doctor will be out of town we won't get the results until October 4th.  

I had a meeting at the Niko and Chloe's school with the hospital child life specialist, two counselors, and both their teachers on how we can all successfully support them through this.  They were very supportive and I feel like the kids are in good hands.

Ben has started having frequent panic attacks.  It took me awhile to realize what it was b/c he often can't speak during it and leaves the room.  He is really triggered by the stimulation from the noise of the kids.  He had a big one a few nights ago and ended up in a spare room laying on the floor b/c he knew the kids wouldn't go in there.  It was so heartbreaking.  I know how much he loves them and they love him.  I talked with his doctor and I will be giving him another medicine in his evening bag of pills so by the time I'm home with the kids, it will have kicked in and he should be ok. 
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