Patrick’s Story

Site created on June 20, 2018

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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

I finished radiation therapy today!  So, I've now completed the trifecta of cancer treatment - surgery (x3), chemotherapy (x2), and radiation therapy.  While its been challenging to say the least, its over for now and we wait for 6-8 weeks for another PET scan to determine if any remaining cancer cells are still running around in my body.  Pray to God that we got all those little buggers because there aren't many options remaining if we didn't.  We're just sticking to the plan and having faith that the care that I got, the treatments I received, and the power of prayer have gotten us through this and we can now get back to "normal." 

You all realize that cancer is something that affects a person to his/her core.  What we don't always acknowledge is the impact on the loved ones and caregivers of the cancer victim.  I have to say there have been some very low points along the way and I could have given up months ago without Karen's love and dedication.  She has given up herself for my needs for the last year and a half and has pulled us through.  As my cousin Timmy calls her, she's Saint Karen of Thornton! 

I can't begin to recognize everyone who has played a role in support of us while we have been on this journey.  Of course, my family and friends have been there every step of the way and even acquaintances and people I'll never know have been loyal in prayer and support.  We can't thank you all enough.

We are going to do a little celebration / appreciation event on Saturday November 16th.  We are calling it "Thanks a Brunch!"  We realize that everyone who is reading this can't possibly make it, but for those who can, we'd love to have you stop by and enjoy a little brunch with us.  We are bringing in a celebrity chef, Dr. Ben Spedding, to prepare some really nice treats.  We expect a good number of folks so if you could choose to come either early (9:00 a.m.) or later around (11:00 a.m) it will help spread out the crowd and give us plenty of room.  If you wouldn't mind, please send an email to me at or Karen at and let us know if you can make it.  NO gifts please - your presence and your support over these many months is more than we could ask for. 
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