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October
29
2019

October 29, 2019

Hi All!! Nancy here. I have to tell you something absolutely amazing. On Sunday, a group of friends from the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) came out and handled our yard work for us along with some other tasks. Bob was so surprised, humbled and we were very grateful for their help. This is just in time for a little snow this week and our yard has never looked this good before!! So, thanks guys for all the assistance. The dogs are a bit confused too as to what is happening. 

Anyway, within the past couple of days we kind of had a mini breakthrough, Bob has been able to eat a little bit more than what he has been. We don't jump over the moon, but we will take what we can get at this point. Not sure if it is the radiation or chemo that is working, but there has been a slight improvement in the eating department. 

Flip side of the mini breakthough is the news that even though bob has been with his company around 20 years, they will not subsidize our health benefits on long term disability. So it will cost us out of pocket over $2000 per month for family coverage. Plan B is in the works and it is not an easy choice but one we have to make. 

Let's keep the hope alive that this surgery will eventually happen for him.  I feel like we have been talking about that forever. 

That is the latest and greatest on him and I personally want to thank all of your for your donations to our Go Fund Me campaign along with those who have helped us with our tasks. You all mean the world to us. 

Nancy

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October
22
2019

October 22, 2019

Hi all, it's Nancy here. Instead of dragging everything through Facebook, we will share Bob's current situation here today with all of you and what's next on this journey.

Let's start with the good news....Bob is cancer free everywhere BUT the site of the tumor. We have nicknamed the tumor "Satan" so you know exactly who we are speaking about. Bob continues to lose weight because he cannot eat much by mouth so when Bob went in for a few tests that they wanted to take a few samples from, the doctor sprung it on us that was the time to put in a feeding tube. 

That was to assist him with some extra calories while he had difficulty eating. The tube feeding is going okay, easiest 1200 calories for the day but his consumption of regular foods is poor. It was at this time that the surgeon, who was all gung ho for surgery as Bob cleared the hurdles, declined to do the surgery until his numbers came back up.

In the meantime to continue to hold the cancer at bay, he is now starting on his journey of a different chemo and radiation. Today is only day 2 and we know it is going to get kind of rough as they continue to go on. If his levels can get back into the "safe" zone, we are hoping the surgeon will change his mind and allow the "big surgery" to happen. In the meantime, we are also trying to get a referral to another surgeon for a second opinion. 

We also just found out that his short term disability benefits are about to end and long term has been approved, however, the amount will not be enough to sustain us throughout the month. Never have Bob and I been in such a stressful situation before in our lives. We have to to the time where we will need a few things. If any of you could help or volunteer for some of the things, we certainly would appreciate it. We will post in the section on how we can help with things that we could use assistance with.
April
1
2019

April 01, 2019

Today was my second round of chemo. Not feeling too well tonight. Let’s hope for some better days ahead.

March
22
2019

March 20, 2019

Finally got an A+ from the doctor today. He told me he gave me a fairly high dose of chemo to see how my body would react. I did have some side effects but the numbers are where they want them to be for now.

April 1st will be the second go around. 

March
16
2019

March 16, 2019

I’m free!!!! Free of my “man purse” as Nancy calls it. It was my two day at home chemo that was in a fanny pack. Glad that is gone, it didn’t go with my outfit. LOL Now for a normal shower.

I am feeling great, just a little tired but overall, no nasuea....yet. Still taking the anti nausea pills just in case.

Nancy is still trying to be a mom and hover over me reminding me to keep drinking liquids. So I just wanted to send a shout out and thank everyone for the well wishes, phone calls and texts.

Let’s pray I continue to feel this way.

Bob

March
14
2019

March 14, 2019

Today we got the official results. I am a very early stage 4. While the cancer has not spread to any organs, it did jump to a few distant lymph nodes.

There is no cure for this, but there are lots of treatments for me because of the HER2 gene. There are more target therapy options than if I did not have it. No radiation or surgery on the table at this point but let’s see what the chemo does and see if the can get rid of these cancer cells.

My first infusion is the Herceptin, which is target therapy. Leave it to me to have a reaction of massive chills. After some Benadryl and a shot of steroids, I am now pretty sleepy. 

They will be able to resume shortly but I have a feeling this will be a very long day. According to them this is normal for a first treatment. Going to try to nap for a bit. 

Bob

March
14
2019

March 13, 2019

Well, insurance approved the chemo and tomorrow at 8:30am we will be heading out for my first treatment. Let's hope all goes well. Time to kick cancer's ass!!