Our blog is a collection of medical updates, thoughts, a little humor as well my spiritual journey as we take on the most challenging adventure I have ever been on. My motivation for creating this site is to inform and encourage.
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Background — Updated 03/14/2018
In October of 2017, doctors discovered that I have seven (7) cancerous tumors in my brain and one in my lung. After a biopsy, we learned that I have melanoma, which metastasized from an unknown origin to my brain and lung, classifying it as “Stage 4.”
After much—and continuing— research, advise and prayer, Amber and I decided to take a holistic approach to treatment. I underwent targeted radiation to my brain tumors and thirty days of high dose medical cannabis.
In January of 2018, a follow up MRI showed significant growth of the tumors and one new brain tumor.
In February of 2018 neurosurgeons performed an emergency brain surgery to remove five of the largest tumors. Additional scans during the two week hospital stay showed the cancer has now spread to my liver, with an additional mass in a lymph node.
I started immunotherapy at City of Hope in the first week of March 2018. My body had a severe reaction o the medication which landed me a one week hospital stay immunotherapy is no longer a viable option for my treatment. My oncologist is contacting colleagues to see if there are any new treatments or clinical trials available.
Although there are no guarantees in anything we do, we believe this battle can be fought on many fronts and from many angles. Most important being through prayer; through the the power of our God and Creator. Miracles do happen.
I have also decided to radically change my diet, lifestyle and use natural medicines to compliment any conventional medication . As we monitor my progress, we may make adjustments taking advantage of holistic, as well as modern, cutting edge treatments.
Since this site is open to everyone, I am especially encouraged —as well as many others—by your comments under each post. Amber reads all of your messages to me. If you have a personal message for me, you may email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org