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.
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.