Larry’s Story

Site created on January 20, 2019

On December 26, 2018 our mother took our dad to the ER for what we thought were stroke symptoms.  A CT Scan  revealed a large brain “lesion”.  After a few hours of research and phone calls, my brother in law was able to get him in with an amazing team of Neuro Surgeons.  We had him transferred by ambulance to UT Southwestern in Dallas that night.
The surgeons performed a craniotomy on December 28th to biopsy the lesion.  Dad recovered like a rock star (but boy did my mom & sister have some funny “ICU” stories to tell) and was able to come home just in time to ring in 2019!  
On Tuesday, January 8th we were told he has Glioblastoma, grade 4 (GBM4).  While this was devastating news to all of us, we know we serve a mighty God and He will have dad in His hands throughout this journey.  We are committed to doing everything in our power to help him get through this.  Whatever the outcome, we know God will be glorified!  Dad has an amazing attitude and is ready to fight the good fight!!!!  We would greatly appreciate prayers for our sweet dad/Paw Paw Larry!
(Dr. Welch, my dad’s neuro surgeon, told us we were going to hit the tumor hard with radiation and chemo and “send it on the run”....thus, #RUNCANCERRUN)!

Newest Update

Journal entry by erin benson

Well PPL made it home from the rehab facility on Tuesday, August 13th.  It was on this day that he also completed his 3rd round of chemo. 👍🏻🙏🏻🙌🏻

He has been receiving therapy through home health since his arrival home.  If I’m being honest, there have been complaints prior to their arrival and even after they leave, BUT man does he ever put on that award winning smile the minute one of them walks through the front door?!?!?!🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😁

There have also been good days, bad days and maybe some “so, so” days in between.  We do our best to focus on the good ones, which brings me to today’s update.

My sister and I took my dad back to Duke for his August (8 week) check up this time.   We gave Maw Maw Jackie a much needed break.  He seemed ok with this decision and was even happier when we let him have dessert for dinner and a popcorn/Coke combo for breakfast!!!  We did, however, have a rolling out of bed incident at 3AM 😳 (no harm, no foul) but that’s a story for another day!!!😂

I am overwhelmed with emotion (and PRAISING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST) to report we received WONDERFUL news....another stable scan!!!!!!  No new growth and the cancer cells continue to DIE!!!!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️  We could not have been more thankful when Dr. D came in and said “well Mr. Larry, your brain looks great”!!!!!!!!  The only change from his July scan was what they called a slight “FLAIR”, but said that was to be expected since he’s been taken completely off the steroids & will dissipate over time. 

SO, we are headed back home with happy, grateful hearts & STRICT orders from Dr. D to stay OUT of ALL hospitals or rehab facilities from now until he returns to Duke in late October!!!!👈🏼😂

I would also like to thank Randy and Edye Bullard for delivering us safely to and from Duke (yet AGAIN), so that we did not have to put my dad on a commercial flight. We are forever grateful!❤️

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