Jim’s Story

Site created on September 18, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. 

Jim was recently diagnosed with a virally induced Tongue Cancer.  After several weeks with a sore throat and an ear ache he could not shake, a CT scan revealed a lump on the back of his tongue.  A biopsy confirmed the cancer and a course of treatment that includes weekly chemotherapy and daily radiation was ordered. The prognosis for this form of cancer is good and we have high hopes that the chemo/radiation combination will be effective and permanent.  This all came as we also were chasing a diagnosis that has caused severe back pain and neuropathy in Jim’s legs which is pointing to an auto immune disease. We have so many friends, co-workers and family who have expressed concern about what we are facing, we felt this Caring Bridge page would be the best way to communicate the information to everyone.  Please follow along and watch for future journal entries as Jim’s treatment progresses. All forms of positive energy and prayer are welcome!
 Thank you for visiting.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Judi Coltman

Today has been a long time coming.  When Jim first started complaining of a nagging sore throat and earache, I never thought we would end up here but here we are.  Today, after 35 treatments of radiation, 8 rounds of chemo, and surgery for a feeding tube, we are finished with treatment! 


It has been a brutal road with burns and sores on Jim’s neck and in his mouth and throat.  He has endured nagging side effects from chemo, learned to communicate through hand gestures, facial expression and writing and yet, maintained what I love about him – his sense of humor. He is miserable right now but glad it is over.


So, from here we start the healing. Jim will go back to the radiation doctor on November 12thand he will see his chemo doctor in 6 weeks.  All of this bloodwork looks good.  The chemo doctor said, “I wish all my chemo patients had a white blood count like you.” Both doctors have indicated that they won’t know how successful these treatments were until the PET scan  in January but they have no reason to feel that there will be anything but good news.


We cannot thank you enough for the texts, calls, cards, Facebook messages, prayers and love we have felt through all of this.  We ask that you continue to pray that Jim is cancer free.


I honestly don’t think we will ever be able to thank you all enough. XOXO

Written at Vickie's request
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