Patrick’s Story

Site created on June 20, 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. Thank you for visiting.
For those of you new to the story, it started some time around the end of March with shortness of breath with minimal effort and general fatigue.  After days/weeks of appointments and searching I passed out at home. This led to a visit to the ED where they discovered a cue ball sized tumor in my heart. Open heart surgery, a pacemaker, and finally a cancer diagnosis. 
I'm now being treated for an intimal sarcoma at MD Anderson in Houston. 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Patrick Hermanson

Friends and Family, 
After two quarterly follow up visits showing no evidence of cancer we got a big surprise this time. Our scans and tests confirm a 5.5 cm mass has reappeared in nearly the same place in my left atrium. It is almost certainly another sarcoma tumor. The good news is that it has not metastasized anywhere else in my body. 
We continue to have great confidence in our physicians and medical team so we remain positive about our care plan and prospects for success.  We are headed home tomorrow and will begin therapy at UC Health ASAP. Thanks for all of your kind words and prayers- we need and appreciate them so much. We are going to fight and win this battle!  Onward...
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