I wanted to get the following information out to everyone as quickly as possible. We received the results from my scans and the news was not the best. Our fears about my hip tumor were confirmed. It has grown a good bit from 12×17 cm to 14×25 cm. The scans also showed slight growth in my lung tumors which are obviously more important. The good news is the largest tumor in my lungs is still under 2 cm and I am still without any symptoms of lung issues. We are exploring options and continuing to pray for the knowledge to make the right decision. Between chemo, radiation, and another phase 1 trial, we are are hoping that God guides us towards the best decision possible. As for now, we are on standby for the next three weeks for the wash-out period.
On a lighter note, we are pushing for the military to expedite my medical retirement so that Brittany and I can move back to Georgia to be closer to friends and family. Once again, I thank you all for the unfaltering love and support. I could not do it without you.
I hope this finds everyone well! I have been pretty busy the last couple weeks considering i don’t work much and can barely walk well enough to hit the gym. I’ve had friends come and visit to cheer me up and am about to finish my second round of medication. I had a surgical biopsy performed a week ago but the results are for the trial and so i may never see them. The good news is i am expected to finish some scans at the end of the week.
I was also very busy last weekend with my girlfriend’s birthday. I planned a weekend in Breckenridge with a group of friends from here in Colorado and a couple folks from out of town. What she didn’t know is our friends from Georgia (Brandon and Shauna Veasey) weren’t just flying out to take some pictures and celebrate, they would be shooting our engagement. I don’t know how she couldn’t tell but after about an hour of pictures we found a great spot overlooking Dillon Reservoir and the rockies where i asked her to marry me. Fortunately she said yes and the pictures turned out amazing. We can’t thank everyone enough for their kind words and support through everything.
Now comes the bad news….my leg continues to worsen. I wish i could say it’s barely noticeably but it’s visually obvious. The tumor inside my pelvis and left hip is growing at an alarming rate. The use of my left leg has dropped to about 20% and i am in significant pain 24/7. While i know the major concern are the spots in my lungs, i can’t help but wonder what the hip growth means. It’s extremely frustrating and honestly scares the shit out of me. I pray everyday that the lord will heal me or at least let me see what I’m supposed to learn from this challenge. I attempted to go an enjoy a concert with Britt for Valentines day but had to sit nearly the entire time and even with the cane, am constantly hurting. I don’t want to have to pop dozens of pain meds to get through the day so we are talking to the doctors again this week about pain medication.
Again, thank everyone for their love and prayers through these trying times. I don’t know what i did to deserve such support but i have to say i couldn’t do it without you. Especially you Britt, you deal with it every minute of every day and i am not sure how you pull it off with such ease. I will forever been in aw of you.
All the best,