Some people make the world special just being in it and, as you know, JR was one of those people. He fought as hard as he could but on Sunday, April 27th at 9:25am, the world lost a wonderful man. I lost my husband, best friend, lover and soul mate. We were in each others arms as he went peacefully from this world. It was the most beautiful and painful moment of my life. I thank God every day to have had the opportunity to have had him in my life and for the love we shared for 18 years, but 18 years was not long enough. During the last year and half, through this entire ordeal, JR never gave up the fight because of the love he had for me, our family, our friends and his fur babies. We are both so appreciative of everyone's support, love and prayers. Thank you for being part of our lives. God bless you all.
Hello everyone. I have another update on JR. He still has a tube down his throat and in his stomach to try and stop the minimal obstruction he currently has in his bowels. Due to this tube he is not able to eat or drink. So today he started getting TPN which is complete nutrition fluid with carbs, fat, calories and protein he needs right now. He should soon start to begin to feel better. He has been able to get up and walk around some and actually get outside to the rooftop terrace for fresh air which is good for his spirit. We also spoke with the radiation oncologist today. She says that his spinal cord looks great and there are only a few small spots of cancer in the bone. So she believes that chemo will take care of it and that JR does not need radiation at this time. If his pain worsens or if his symptoms spread or get worse then radiation would be used. She was very friendly and helpful so now at least we have more information about our options there. Now we just wait for the nutrition to kick in so JR has more energy and then for the obstruction to clear so he can get this tube removed and start eating on his own. We have no idea how long this will take and just have to be patient. Thanks again for all the prayers and support. We appreciate all of you!
So I have another update. We have found out why JR is having so much lower back pain. The cancer has made it to his lower spine. They plan on using radiation for that. He also has been very sick for two days and not able to keep anything down. They found a minimal obstruction so he know has a tube through his nose and down his throat to help get tied of it. If that does not work then he will have to a surgical procedure to fix the problem. So needless to say we are still in the hospital. Not sure when we get to leave. At least we have our therapy dog Willie here to help as illustrated in the attached picture. He likes to sleep with JR. Please keep praying for us and we appreciate all of you!
Hello everyone. It's Brande again. I wanted to give you an update on JR. We are currently in the hospital at the Atlanta Cancer Center. We came here Friday for his regular appointment and he was admitted due to the side effects of his new chemo. He was unable to keep anything for several days and also very dehydrated. So he is receiving fluids and pain medicine as well as medicine for his nausea. The doctors say he can and will get better it is just going to take some time. We have idea how long we will be here but we do know we will leave here with a new plan from the doctors to fight this cancer. This chemo is clearly too hard on him. I will keep you posted when we have some more news. Thank you all for your support, thoughts and prayers.
Hello all. This is Brande. JR wanted me to give an update. It appears as though his cancer may have spread. He has some issues with the lymph node on the left side of his neck that they are going to biopsy. The drs are also concerned about the fluid in chest. He was recently hospitalized for this reason and we have been draining the fluid at home for a little over a week now. So he is at this moment getting chemo. He now gets 8 hours worth at a time. Every medicine they have tried before is now being given all at the same time. I hope he is able to handle it and at least have a few good days in between chemos. He has had a very rough time lately. We were hoping for good news and are very disappointed. However, we have not given up and have faith in his doctors and God. He is still unable to work and while I work part time from home we have been relying heavily on family for support. We have about used up all the help they can give. This is very humbling but we have realized that there is no such thing as pride when fighting cancer. We are again asking for help. Everyone has been so generous and we can't even begin to describe how much we appreciate it. Our situation doesn't look like it's going to improve right away. While we know JR can and will beat this, it is just going to take longer than we had hoped. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and we appreciate all of your support!
well its been awhile since my last post and its just been a rocky road since then. I have been very sick to my stomach and just hating treatment. We are headed back to Georgia today for the second half of the Liver procedure and hopefully the final one, they say it usually takes 2 so thats the hope. Things have been ok, been down in the dumps lately, just wanting this to be over and get back to a normal life again. Hopefully everybody had a good Valentine's Day and stay safe out there.
Well this week will be an interesting one. I am having a liver procedure done that will hopefully kill the tumors on my liver. They are going to inject into my artery that feeds the liver small micro-spheres which will travel into the liver and into the blood vessels that feed the tumors and lodge themselves inside the tumors. They will stay there for around 2 weeks and slowly release radio active nuclear medicine that is said to kill the tumors on the liver, let's cross our fingers and hope for the best. This will be the first thing that we have done that will hopefully show on paper that things are headed in the right direction. They say the average number of times this procedure has to be done is twice, so we are hoping that i am in the average category. Here we go!!!!!!
A new year is upon us and things should hopefully look up for next year. We are getting treatment in Georgia now and we are headed back up tomorrow, new years day for another round. We have our heads high and our hopes even higher. We wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!!!
Well here it is the news we have all been waiting for----- the news is I still have colon cancer nothing has changed, wow exciting isn't it. Now we have to wait to see if they have a new treatment that is space age and that will cure everything in a flash. That's all we have for now and if anything else should come up I will post it, thanks again for all of the support we greatly appreciate it
Leaving a freezing cold Atlanta GA and headed home. We got the new liver biopsy done and out of the way and we should hear something by the beginning of next week and hopefully we get some good news. We are hoping for a better diagnosis or at the least more info on the cancer so the doctors can specialize the treatment better. As soon as we get some news we will pass it on and we are wishing everybody a great Thanksgiving.
Well we have a bitof interesting news, we went to Georgia to visit the Cancer Treatment Center of America to get another opinion on if the the treatment I was getting was correct. The news that we got was that the oncologist there is not totally sold on my diagnosis of colon cancer. Cancer yes but I have to go back this Monday and Tuesday for another biopsy to see if I may actually have another abdominal form of cancer, so we will see.
Well headed off to Atanta at the end of the week, not to support a collegiate football team, but to maybe get some more answers. We are headed to Cancer Centers of America, they deal only in advanced stages of cancer. We saw them on the TV and dececided what the heck maybe we can benefit from going and speaking with their doctors. No bad news has sparked us to run up there, but just curiosity. We are headed up thursday and will be there till tuesday of the next week. That should give them time to poke and get 30 gallons of blood and whatever else they do. We are optimistic that we shoule at least come home with 1 new helpful plan of attck maybe even more, we'll see. I plan to post again when we get back, and hopefully with more information. Thanks Again for reading my dribble and helping us along in this battle, it means a lot.
Well here we are again, November 2nd and we had another scan yesterday at Moffitt in Tampa. Not to much to report on, another stable scan. Not bad news, but not the super duper news we were looking for. Just another scan to tell us the fight is still on and we are still in it for the long run. Spirits are still pretty high, we are getting run down from the longevity of these treatments, but the holidays are near and that always tends to lift spirits. We have another scan scheduled for January 17th as of right now and hopefully that one will be the super duper one.
Sorry for the lack of posts, but there hasn't been much to be excited about until now. About 5 weeks ago my CEA # was at an 8.8 and now it has dropped to a 6.2 which is great. The normal person walking around has a number between 0-6.1. Now this by no means says that I am normal :), but it does mean that we are heading down the right path. I need to be on the low end of this scale and the metastatic disease in my abdomen needs to be completely gone before they even whisper the word remission, but its 2.6 points closer. I have another scan late October/first of November and we can see what's going on inside, we are hoping for good news. The reason for the drop is a new treatment they put me on, which is great, but it is every week now instead of every other week. My new middle name is TIRED, but if that means walking and talking years from now, then that what it takes. Thank you again to all of our supporters, without you we wouldn't be this far into the battle and still fighting with our heads up and smiles on our faces, well at least when I'm not sleeping :)
Well #19 has come and gone like the wind. Of course with all the fun and more of the last treatments. I am now on a compleatley different chemo treatment all together. I don't have to bring the pump home with me any more, which is great on the mind. Here is the issue though, its a weekly treatment, my other treatments were bi-weekly. So now I have to find out how fast I will recover from these treatments so I can have at least a day or two of feeling good before it all starts over again. The drugs that the doctors changed to, they have had good results with and everybody is upbeat about the new meds. We are getting there, just going to take some time to be as excited as they are but it will happen. So far my worst symptom to overcome will be hair-loss and it may not fall out completely, it may just thin alot, but oh well, I can live with that as long as I'm getting better. This road I'm on is rocky, muddy, filled with pot holes, and can flatten your tires in a moments notice, but we have put on the best tires you can find and are sailing across this nasty highway, until we find the new paved road of life and thats the goal. Thank you again to all the supporters and people who just care about our situation, it means alot to both of us.
Wellllllll no scan to report on today. I was scheduled today to get a scan at Moffitt and after spending most of the night in the ER, the scan is not going to happen today. The end result of the ER is possible kidney stone so that is greatttttttt, but we just keep chugging on.
Well we made it through #18. Wow 18 treatments, sounds like fun considering they are going by so fast, but unfortunately no fun at all. I have been taken off another drug this last week in hopes of another liver biopsy. I guess thats good to get some more info on whats going on inside the old belly, but that means more pokes with needles and crap like that. All of my darn symptoms keep coming from the drugs that are suppossed to help me. I just got over a blood clot in my neck, which was awesome to have and very enjoyable, and now I'm on blood thinners to help with that. Oh but wait can it be, now I get nose bleeds due to the blood thinners, another great thing to deal with. I have a scan on the 16th of August, about a week away, and hopefully we can get some good news, otherwise they are going to switch up my medications, and I may become an American Hairless cat, but we'll see.
Well down wih #16, treatments that is. Still staying on the up and up with attitude and optimism, most of the time. Have a PET Scan scheduled for next tuesday and that should show what is alive and what parts of the tumors are dead. A CT scan just shows measurements of tumors and if there is any gowth or decline in the tumors. Keeping the everything crossed that we have more dead than alive cacer cells, but only time will tell. I have been taken off one of the chemo drugs for the next 2 months, due to the fact that my hands and feet are almost completely numb and they constantly tingle. I t has also relieved me of a couple of symtoms that I have been dealing with, so that is good as well. So let's hope the 16th shows good results on the PET scan and we can move on to the next stage of kicking butt!!!!!!!
Another stable scan from the almighty Moffitt cancer center. This is still good news from the doctors eyes and I'm starting to side with them, no growth is good news. My CEA # today from Moffitt was an 8, which is 1.2 lower than the last scan. The doctor is thrilled with that, the lower the better and he said that it has been on a downward spiral and thats what needs to happen. He said the normal numbers for the CEA are between 0 and 4 and I asked him what happens when I reach 4 and he was very clinical in saying not to rely just on the #'s. We believe that if I can get to 4 and below 4 that I will be darn near remission and he just doesn't want to say that and get our hopes soaring through the roof. Well we are in it for the long haul and fight this beast till remission. I want to also thank everybody again for all the love and support that has been pouring in, it is greatly appreciated.
Well we are undergoing treatment #14, wow this is getting old. I have another scan set up for June 21st in Tampa to see some results, hopefully on the possitive side of the spectrum. I got my CEA numbers this last monday and unfortunately they went up .9, now the doctor says this is now big deal, but the doctor is not the patient. As the patient it takes the wind out of my sails, but we need to see the scan as well before we get doom and gloom about this. Again I would like to thank everybody who helped with the benefit and all that showed up and even the people that couldn't get there, We appreciate it greatly. Keeping my head up is a constant battle and I'm doing the best that I can and will continue to fight till this thing is over!!!
Well we made, the Bash in the Swamp was a hit. I believe all the kids had a blast on the slides and I believe the adults had a blast with the cornhole competition. We had some first timers and some seasoned professionals and the battles were intense. I had a pretty good run until I met my epic battle with Todd F. and he then showed me that cornhole isn't just a game its a way of life in their family, after letting him win I thanked him for a good game. Ok maybe it was more of a kicking my butt game but it was an awesome time and I enjoyed every bit of the day. I want to personally thank everybody that came out and made this day possible and even the people that couldn't make yesterday, they played a big role in making the day an absolute success. Thank you again for all the support, we appreciate it greatly.
Cornhole Cornhole Cornhole is tomorrow. Starts at 11am and goes till whenever people leave, soooo not sure when it ends. Can't wait to see everybody. We have lots of cool things to raffle off, a cool bike, a baseball from hall of famer Wade Boggs, and other sweet stuff. Come one come all to the swamp and have a blast in the waterslides and glorious food that is being catered by, well my in-laws using our grill and making delicious burgers and dogs, we'll call them In-Law Catering Inc.. Also some sweet treats made with love in our kitchen (cupcakes). Hope to see all of you here and we will have a great time!!!!!!!!!
So we are getting closer to the CORNHOLE tournament of all time time time. That was for dramatic effect!! Anyway I think I keep on putting the time at 12 noon and it actually starts at 11am. Can't wait to see everybody and remember bring some chairs and some tents if you have them, probably going to be a bit steamy on Saturday. Bring an appetite for burgers and dogs and an appetite for competition, oh and a bathing suit for the slides. Thank you again for all those that have helped us and for getting this event together for us, we greatly appreciate it!
Another post about the crazy, zany, wacky Bash in the Swamp Cornhole tournament. Don't forget May 25th 12 noon of this year of course and its gonna be huge! Kids screaming, parents running after their kids with hot dogs falling out of their mouths and people without kids sitting back and just plain laughing. If this sounds great, come on down, regardless if you think you have to have a formal invite or not, just come. Please RSVP to this site or to the evite or heck just call me. We are gathering up some more raffle items as well. We still have the awesome beach cruising bike, and now there is a WADE BOGGS signed baseball, for those sports nuts. I think Wade Boggs invented baseball or something, well he was at least playing the game a long time ago and its a super nice ball. This and many other priceless items that have been pulled from the Macy's auction block will be here in the Swamp ready for that lucky winner. Donations or just to hang out, doesn't matter we are here to just have fun and get mud in our butt cracks, well never mind the slides are actually pretty clean, but we can dig a hole for the kids that like to play in the dirt. Can't wait to see everybody
Here we go again, treatment #12, the big #12. Actually it doesn't mean a darn thing except for its the 12th treatment. Still hanging in there and still the medical mystery of the treatment center. Anyway enough of that junk, THE BASH IN THE SWAMP is coming up shortly and WE can't wait. May 25th is the big day, water slides, family fun, being with friends and me running naked through the field. Well maybe not naked but at least running through the field, don't want everybody to leave. The Bash in the Swamp is for everybody, pass this along to everybody and just make sure you RSVP so we can get enough octopus burgers and squirrel hot dogs for everybody, ok maybe just regular burgers and dogs. Also don't forget about the BIKE raffle, $10 a ticket for an awesome beach cruiser being shipped from across the world just to be here at the event, Well mabe from Panama City Fl but thats far too. Thanks again for all the support and love that we have recieved, and we will see you on May 25th.
here is a picture of the awesome bike that is up for raffle in the cornhole tournament. Tickets are $10 a piece and are run through this website if you purchase them on this site, please write BIKE in the comment section and raffle tickets can also be bought at the event on May 25th. Thank you again for all the support everyone has given us.
Just wanted to give an update for the May 25th cornhole bash in the swamps of Groveland. We have a bike that is up for raffle coming from Brande's uncle Shane in Panama City. It is a cool old timey beach cruising bike in perfect shape. I will post a picture of the bike as soon as I learn how to use a computer properly. Raffle tickets are $10 a piece and the raffle is going to be run through this site. If you would like to buy some raffle tickets do so through this site and on the comment section just write BIKE and we will enter you in for the bike of a lifetime, again picture should be coming soon. Thanks again for all the support everyone has given us and please please come out and have some fun with us May 25th for the Cornhole tournament, its gonna be a blast!!!!
JR and Brande's house 3432 Conniff Rd Groveland, FL 34736
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May 25th at 11:00am please join us for a day of food, cornhole, water slides and more! We are having a Cornhole tournament with trophies to the winners. Bring the whole family, and some swimsuits, as we will have a huge inflatable waterslide and other entertainment as well. We ask that you consider "buying in" to the tournament, as all of the proceeds will go to helping out JR and Brande Cook. We are suggesting a $100 buy in, but we won't turn away any amount you can give to play in the tourney.
As most of you know, my brother in-law, JR, has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. The chemo treatments have taken their toll and he is no longer able to work like he has in the past. Medical bills and everyday life are straining finances to the max and I just want to offer them some relief. Let's show JR and Brande some love, and some sorely needed money, by hanging out, playing and laughing the day away!
Here is a note form JR:
"Born February 14th 1978, John (JR) Cook was a striking resemblance to a Greek God, handsome strong and a genius. As the years went by most of the attributes completely disappeared. I always kept 1 attribute that was inside festering that wasn't clear to me until I hit the job market and that was my uncontrollable and crazy work ethic. I have been a hard worker since the age of 16 and haven't stopped since then. But, there are things in life that stop you in your tracks and prevent you from working as hard as you want to. On November 13th 2012 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, and was given a grim outlook on the future. These small inconveniences don't get in my way, I have been actively fighting this and as of right now I can say with a little bit of success. I want everyone to know that on this day we are having an event to have fun and celebrate all the things we enjoy in life; Food, family, fun, cornhole, and anything else you may be appreciative of. I will make a full recovery at some point, may take a little time, but it's coming, and right now having fun with family and friends is tops on the list."
We will be feeding you and supplying the entertainment, but you'll need to bring your favorite beverages. We'll be raffling off some pretty nice stuff, including a beautiful new bike! If you happen to have a cornhole set of boards and bags, we could sure use them as well. So please join us, and if you can't join us, please consider helping out my sister and brother by going here and offering anything you might be able to:
Well we made it to another treatment week. Treatment number 11 is underway and I have to say, just as about exciting as treatment #1. Got a little bit of good news to roll with. My doctor's told me that my CEA #'s are down from 20 to 6.9. This drop has started from treatment #1 but to come down this far is good news. Cancer secretes some sort of goobery stuff into the blood stream and these CEA markers are picked up when you do blood work. The more the CEA number, the more the goobery stuff and of course the less CEA numbers the less goobery stuff in the blood stream. So basically what has been told to me is the the chemo is working, slowly but shirley its working. My CT scans may always show stable, but I have been told that it looks like the tumors are dying from inside to the outside and therefore not showing much on the scans, so we will see. We have another scan on June 14th for hopefully a little more good news. Again that you to everyone who has supported us in this time of need and we greatly appreciate every single one of you.
Well today is another uneventful day at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Went got the scan and imagine that, everything is stable just as it was 2 months ago. So no freakin change what so ever. The nurse says thats good, because the after thought of that is that it grew and that's not so good. At the same time they were expecting to see some shrinkage and they didn't. My treatment hasn't changed and they will not change it unless there is growth or I just keep getting stable reports for a prolonged period of time. Just another punch in the gut when we were expecting even the slightest bit of good news. The only thing I can take from this is I'm still kicking, I still feel good on my off weeks, and the fact that we had no growth, other than that UGHHHHH! Looks like I am in this for the long haul and that could mean 2months, a year, or even longer they say as long as my body can withstand Chemo, they are going to keep me on it. Again thank you for all the support everyone has given both Brande and myself, we appreciate it greatly and wouldn't be able to keep fighting without all of you!!!!
Well here we have treatment #9 underway, YEAH! The excitement is just pouring out of me right now. Less than 2 weeks till my scan and it can't come any slower. You constantly battle this disease and it takes 2 months at a time to finally get results, its taxing on your mental stability. If we can get good news from this scan, I believe it will boost my optimism sky high, cuz I have to say right now its a little low. Just dealing with the fatigue, the unknowing of how thw treatment is working and simply the gosh darn doctor bills every day. All these things keep rolling around in my head and somethimes its hard to set it all aside and just fight this thing, but I also know life isn't totally fair and you have to deal with what's in front of you. I know for a fact I wouldn't be doing this well without every single friend, family, and supporter out there cheering me on. I can't wait to write my last update on this site, simply saying its all done and I beat it, thank you again for everything that everybody has done for us.
Well I sit here on the coach wondering again how I got into this situation that I'm currently dealing with. Maybe it was the 25lbs of gummy bears or the 800lbs of hamburgers I eat each week, but the reality is that it is actually happening. We have made it to Treatment #8 which is good and bad. The doctors said I didn't have but 6 months to live if I didn't do any treatment and I believe I am starting to use up part of the 5th month right now so thats a good thing. The bad is that I'm still fighting this thing I can't see. It's a battle between a human and a ghost, you keep swinging but not sure if you are making any contact and same on the other side, I don't feel any different than I did from day 1. UGGGGHH this completely sucks. April 12th is the next big day at Moffitt to get a CT Scan and that should reveal if my punches are having any inpact on this fight. I again want to thank everybody that has donated prayers, money , and ideas that could help us trough these waiting days. We should get through this issue with no problems and thats the hope. I'm not a gambling man until I get to a casino and thats when I have a problem. The one thing that always always sticks in my head is that the house always has odds, that is why the house is 1 million sqft of casino, because there odds have built the place. My goal is to show the house there is a hole in the their fence and and I'm in the process of squeezing through it to complete freedom and beating this thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
well made it through another week of torture. My treatments seem to get harder and harder on my body, it knocks the energy right out of me. My torture week usually consists of sleep and more sleep. It is a full week before i gain my energy back to really do much of anything. I want to extend my gratitude to all the supporters that have helped us in this battle. When you have someone that is all work oriented and you take that person and chop them in half its a blow to the system. Working part time for me doesn't cut it, I am used to working overtime plus more and this battle limits everything. When we go to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa you just don't realize the magnitude of this fight, there are millions of people that are going through the same thing and they muscle through it. Again thank you for helping us get through this unfortunate issue and we are hanging in there for the long haul.
Well here we are another day and off to work we go. Some people are headed to the workplace, jobsite and other places like that, I am headed to the treatment facility, YEAH. This is what I call my workplace this week, the facility/home confinement, but this is the way to cure this little issue we are having right now. Treatment #7 is upon us and boy are we excited, well maybe not, but kind of because 2 more after this and another gut wrenching scan that should show progress this time or else. Anyway everybody have a good day and remember to think positive and don't stress out about the little things in life, focus on the things that matter, family, friends, and chocolate chip cookies. Oops, thats my focus, you may be able to substitute something else in the last spot.
Well yesterday began treatment #6, waking up severely tired and like a Mack truck hit me in the middle of the night. My Oncologist here in town says that my scan actually came back fairly good. She says that it looks like its in a stable condition right now which is better than growning at an crazy rate. So here we are halfway through these 12 treatments and getting some good news finally and hopefully it continues to get better and at a more rapid rate. I am holding on to a max of 12 treatments but am wary that there may be a few more if this Chemo doesn't start kicking in gear faster, but at the same time I will fight the long fight regardless on how long it takes. Thank you again for all the supporters family and friends that have helped us along the way. You are why I am still here today
Well the news isn't great but its not the best, we are in a stalled position. Dr said it is stable, my tumor markers are down half which is great, but no change. He did say that health is a big thing to be cautious about and he said i'm looking to be in good shape health wise. So another 2 months to wait and redo the scan and see where we are. I want to thank all of our supports, without friends and family I may be in worse shape, but we are hanging in there.
Tommorrow is the big day, CT scan. Hopefully this one will show positive progression in the defeating of this disease. If got fingers, toes, and other things that probably shouldn't be crossed but thats all we can do is hope for th best.
Well yesterday we started treatment #5, boy does time fly when you are having fun, or not. Bloodwork came back ok, had some low numbers on the chart, but i am still dealing with somewhat of a cold bug so i will contribute the low numbers to that. Yesterday at treatment it didn't treat me very well. Usually i am up and alert to all the fun things going on around me , but this time i was fighting to stay awake. The nurse told me this is what i need to start looking forward too. Sooooo not real excited about that but it comes with the territory. Today marks one week till the Feb. 12th CT scan, and my fingers are crossed. Right now being almost halfway into this treatment regiment i can only hope for some sort of good news. If it comes back not so good news, well i guess i have to turn my A game into an A game and fight even harder thats just what will have to be done. Its tough laying on the couch watching the world go by and wishing you could do this thing or that thing, but you simply don't have the energy to do it, so you have to reley on your closest loved ones to take care of you, and without them nothing would get done. My ROCK right now is my wife and she has stepped up and taken care of me to the 10th degree-takes care of the dogs ,washes all the clothes, grocery shop, makes sure i am taking my meds correctly, and the other 2000 things that we both used to do together. It falls on her shoulders and she is handling it like a pro and for that i love her. Big Momma has been there through thick and thin as well, always asking if we need things like M&M's because as a young child those fixed everyting, or can she pick up dinner on the way home and stuff that sometimes we just forget because our brains are mush. So between these 2 women in my life i have been promised i'm not going anywhere anytime soon. Unless of course these doctors keep sending these outrageous bills to my house, we may have to move into the swamp and live in a tent. This makes me look back and wonder why i didn't become a doctor, but i choose the next best thing, a PAINTER, yeah!!!!
Well got new blood work and all levels are normal except for White Blood Cells, but I was told that since I am battling a lingering cold that this would happen. My nurse actualy told me that I am tolerating the Chemo treatments very well and should have some good results for my upcoming CT scan in 2 weeks. Crossing the fingers and toes that the scan looks great.
Well made it through treatment #4, just got off the pump today and now off and running for the rest of the week to feel somewhat like crud. Then back to work the following week just to get geared up for treatment #5 and soon after that CT scan for Feb. 12th and thats when the good news comes, well thats what we are hoping for. Thank you again to all the supporters we have family, friends, and even the new friends we have met along the way.
Well today was going to be just blood work because I have contracted a small cold with a sore throat and flem (yuck). Iinstead they said my blood work looked ok, not great but good enough for treatment. So my lovely wife took a picture of my enjoyment i always have while at the treatment center. We are now 4 treatments or 1/3 of the way through this crud, yeehaw can't wait. February 12th is d-day and i get my 2nd CAT scan and we will see the difference from the first scan i had that diagnosed me and we WILL see a difference i promise all of you there will be a positive difference , thank you everyone again for all of the help we have recieved, we are here fighting all of this because of all of you great people.
Well treatment #3 seemed to last a little longer than the others, I sure hope this isn't going to be the trend , because this stinks. Less than 1 month away and counting is the big date on February 12th, the first CT scan to compare it to the original one that diagnosed me. I have been told by the treatment center, the way i have been dealing with CHEMO and the way I am looking there should be a change in the scan for the better. I have everything crossed that i can and even some things i think aren't suppossed to be crossed ;) I need to send out a special note to a great friend and his family, they lost a relative last week to this stupid rediculous disease and our thoughts and prayers are with them and we know that they will get through this but it will be hard.
Momma bird cut me from the cord today, treatment #3 is done and over with. I got the pump taken off this afternoon and i am a free man for the next week and a half. I actually recieved aome new medication this time called Emind and its a 3 pill cocktail of fun for nausea, but it apparently works, YEAH. So far so good, this has been the best treatment out of the few i have had and hopefully it sets the standard for the rest. Just as the doctor's set the standards for the bills higher and higher, i believe that if a doctor submits a lower bill, he or she will be ousted by their peers and stoned for lowering thier abilities to bill. Just my thought. Anyway hanging in there and excited about my vacation week from Chemo and a week to actually get some real work done hopefully. Again, thank you to all of our supporters, friends, family and , new friends we might ave met on the way
Well its a new week and another treatment staring me down. Tomorrow is treatment #3, boy this is going fast, well maybe not but I can only look at it as with the end of treatment #3 I will be 1/4 the way through this thing. I guess that is a lot better than tomorrow being the first treatment. We are still staring down the barrel of the Feb. 12th visit to Moffitt Cancer Center. This vivist will include another CT scan and blood work and doing the Hokie Pokie and whatever else they decide to make me do, but this will reveal if the Chemo is working. The doctors will take this new Ct scan and compare it to the Ct scan that diagnosed me and see if there is a difference in the growth of the Cancer. I'm shooting for the Cancer will be gone :) but we are at least looking for a decrease in the growth. Again, I want to thank all the friends, family , and the supporters we have just met along this journey, everybody has great to us and believe me this aids in recovery. Thank you
Well here we are ushering in a new year, 2013, Wow 2012 was a bummer and this upcoming year is going to start the same, but should build into a great year. Treatment #2 has come and gone, but not without heartache and some minutes hugging the toilet, but I'm still here. My electric pump went haywire on me and I had to have it an extra day and a half and my bloodwork was quirky and almost made me miss treatment #2, but it was all sorted out and we got through it.
Enjoy tonight with parties and friends, try not to have too much crazy fun and remember to be safe and responsible, and wake up tomorrow with the attitude of this will be a great year.
Well blood work came back normal today after the platelet scare yesterday, so treatment #2 is underway, wow what a surprise considering they said they would wait till next monday, the sooner the better i guess, just another treatment closer to getting this thing behind us
Well today didn't go as planned, got to treatment and my blood platelets are low and they would not allow me to continue with chemo until the platelet levels increase. So more blood work tomorrow and now treatment #2 is set up for monday, wow what a geat New Years. Again thank you everybody for the support it is greatly appreciated
Another year is about to expire and tomorrow is Christmas. I am extending out a Merry Christmas to all the friends and family and of some new friends we have made along the way. Thank you everybody for the support and thoughts and prayers that we have recieved, it has been a blessing during this time.
A non medical update but a business update. As I said in my original message, I am a self employed contracter and we can do most anything, with a specialty in painting. Eventhough I will be having good and bad days, I can only hope the good days out weigh the bad, therefore our business is still up and fully operational. We have done kitchen remodels down to painting a door. I also have in my arsenal a great friend of mine that I have been partners with for about 8 years now and his name is Eric, and he paints just as great as I do, so if there is a bad day, Eric can be there to get the job done. If you or you know anybody that needs any work done, whatever it is, even if we can't do it, we know somebody that can and will be happy to complete your project for you
I need to send out a huge thank you for all the people that have supported my current battle with cancer. We have had close family and friends donate and even people that are friends of friends that don't even know me donate. It proves to me that there still are good people in the world and when there is a problem they have no issue with banding together and helping out someone in need. Thank you again to everybody who has helped it is greatly appreciated.
Brande and I are completely blown away by the support everyone has given us. Life takes you on many roads and sometimes you lose track of people and great friends. People that we haven't talked to in years, since highschool graduation, have shown support in this battle and it brings you back to, Family and Friends are what you have at the end of the day. I will be posting messages and updates as we go along in this battle and i can only say now, live life a little more for yourself and have fun more often.
Thank you again to all our frinds and family
My name is JR (John R) Cook and was just diagnosed on Nov. 13th 2012 with Stage 4 Colon Cancer and without treatments I was given 6 months to live. I am a 34 year old hard working, self-employed person that has had no other health issues in my lifetime other than taking my tonsils out. I am writing this message humbbled by a disease that has almost stoppped my life dead in its tracks. I am the type of person that gets up and heads off to work when the sun is coming up and returns home from work when the sun is going down and am proud of the work accomplished that day, but all that has changed. There are millions of people in the world with Cancer and all sort of cancer, but when the doctor looks at you and his face drops and he has to give you the diagnoses of Cancer you would never in a million years think that it would happen to you. I have been told doctors don't even scan for this type of cancer till you reach the ripe old age of 50 and the pure simple fact that I am 34 years old baffles the medical crowd. Right now I am looking at a minimum of 6 months of Chemo-therapy which includes 12 actual treatments and possible surgery after treatments, if the Cancer has been reduced enough from treatment to even consider surgery. Each treatment puts me down for a week at a time, and this is only known because I just completed treatment #1 on Dec. 11th 2012. I have never reached out for help like this before and I am quite embarrassed to have too. Times are tough for all of us and anything donated would be greatly appreciated, even if its a phone call or email saying we are praying for you. We are trying to work as much as possible to offset simple living/medical expenses, but as everyone knows those bills tend to out weigh your best efforts. Again I first thank you for even looking at my page and if you do donate, please know that anything that is collected will be for medical and plain living expenses, secondly please know that I will beat this disease and I will be around to thank every person that donates or emails or calls. I have been told that I am a strong young man with a great attitude, strong family and friends behind me. Doctors say that this is half the healing process, the other half is unfortunately treatment. There is a goal amount on my page, I didn't want to put a figure on this but to complete the page a number has to be entered. Anything from a dollar is greatly appreciated and there is only one goal, REMISSION and beating this cancer.
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