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10/17/2013- Eric's course of treatment has changed to a more aggressive approach along with the cocktail of usual pills for treatment . The type of treatment is called Radiofrequency ablation it is a procedure where a large needle like probe is directly inserted piercing the tumor. Radiofrequency waves increase temperature to try to kill the tumor. It is a very uncomfortable procedure he has to be on morphine to lessen the intensity of the excruciating pain . The size of the tumor is currently a little bigger than a golf ball. Within a 4 week time frame the tumor died 5% it is not a lot but any type of decrease is good news! We are thankful it did not grow this month. Down side is he feeling worse than ever. Since he has no immune system he has also been getting bad eye infections that cause blurry vision,burning, headaches and more pain. Thank god the bad illness he had last month finally went away but flu season has just begun.
With the holiday season upon us it is bittersweet. I have heard the saying cherish your loved ones and live each day as if it was you last but now the meaning is a lot more literal.
9/12/13- For those who have not been able to follow along with the updates Eric is a 29yr old father of 3 beautiful sons. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is fighting for his life each day. Thank you to the friends, family members and other kind generous people that have donated. It is definitely a big help and has allowed us to continue treatment for Eric.
Update- Eric is at a decline he has been struggling with illness along with his other symptoms. He has been sick for about 2 weeks now and is not able to shake it. His white blood cell count is so low he has no immune system. The doctor took x-rays he has fluid build up in his lungs we are hoping it does not turn into pneumonia. If he get full blown pneumonia complications and hospitalization could be a result. The pill is holding the tumor steady thankfully it has had minimal growth since the last update. The side effects of the pill are deterioration, his bones and spine are deteriorating at a faster rate than expected some days he is in so much pain he can not move. His weight loss also continues he is constantly vomiting , pain, discomfort, fatigue, insomnia, black outs are under control depending on the day.
A friend of mine told me something that stuck with me she said when someone has cancer they definitely earn their wings when they get to heaven. I agree...
Update-7/30/13- It has been a long month! Eric has been fighting with everything he has at times he is very weak but still manages to keep spending time with his children a priority. Whether it is playing hide and seek under the covers or building a fort and playing tickle monster. I admire his perseverance in not letting his diagnosis control his activities with his kids.
We received some disheartening news last doctors visit with current treatment progression of his cancer is moving at a slower pace but it is starting to spread to the other kidney. The medication also causes deterioration of the body and he is taking double doses. His white blood cell count continues to dwindle and a bone marrow transplant may be needed soon. He is encouraged to find people willing to get tested to see if they are compatible. We are taking it day by day and praying for a miracle.
"We are twice armed if we fight with faith."
*Special Thanks to Eric's great friends Luke McClelland & Kevin Clegg who have went above and beyond to help. It is really appreciated.*
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Update- 6/24/13- Eric met with his specialist this morning. He administers the cancer treatment pill every 2-3days. On the day he takes it especially he is very lethargic, nauseous and in pain.Good news is the tumor has not grown since the couple of weeks he started treatment. Bad news is it has not made any impact as of yet on the size but it is still too early to determine any progress. Kidneys and liver are also holding steady liver declined another 2% but a slower pace than a month ago. In the last week he lost another 6 pounds and his white blood count is very low causing higher risk of bleeding, infection, and anemia. His lower back is always in severe pain even with pain medication and often interrupts his sleep.
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Kisses from baby Dylan for all that donated or that will donate!
Update- 6/10/13- Eric began his first weeks cycle of cancer treatment pills last week they are very abrasive and have the same symptoms of chemotherapy but in the form of a pill. As he described it "It feels like my body is trying to eat itself from the inside out and it feels like my blood is on fire". It hurts to see a loved one in constant pain but he is a resilient strong minded person. He keeps a smile on his face around the little ones and tries to joke and make people laugh every chance he gets. The pain got so bad last week he had to visit the ER to help manage but all they did was replenish his fluids and a shot of morphine.Other symptoms are more frequent such as migraines and nose bleeds. It is getting to the point that on bad days he doesn't want to get out of bed.Praying that the evaluation to see if the pills helped comes back positive and that the cancer has not metastasized (spread to other parts of the body). Thank you for the love and support.
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Update- Eric continues to see his specialist to plan out the next course of action. Because of complications and the complexity of the situation if surgery or a blood transfusion is needed he may be in trouble. He has one of the rarest blood types only 1% of the population has it AB negative. Although O is universal it may not be compatible with him and if an organ transplant is needed that is another issue. His organs continue to decline kidney is at 25% function, liver early stages of cirrhosis. The tumor caused a bulging disc in the back that made a tear in his kidney and is secreting toxins into the body causing organ failure. Will have more updates next week. Please keep us in your prayers.
If you have AB- blood type and would be willing to donate blood please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trying to get a blood drive and fundraiser going any resources or company donations would be appreciated. Thank you for those who have already donated items to raffle at the fundraiser. We are blessed to have such wonderful people coming together to help us.
Special Thanks to my wonderful stepson Dom. He has been such a great little helper. Since he is older he understands more of what is going on. We ask him to help get something for his dad or to play with his brothers to keep them occupied he replies "Sure thing dad!" with a smile every time. Glad I have had the privilege in raising such a special little boy since the age of 2. The conversation that broke my heart was on Saturday out of nowhere he tells Eric "Promise me you won't die dad" it caught him off guard, now what are you suppose to say to that??...The only thing you can say..."I promise".
Thank you for those of you who have shared and viewed my page. Please add my Facebook page. I wanted to share a story about my sweet little 2yr old Damien. As his dad is throwing up in the morning, much like every morning he rushes into the bathroom in a panic. With a worried look on his face he stands by him pats him on the back "It's ok dad it's ok, Dad throw up?" Eric replies "Yes son dad threw up" Gives him a pat on the back, kiss on the forehead, and a great big hug "Dad gonna be okay!". Then rushes off again to play. Just what the doctor ordered ;)
I am creating this page in order to raise funds for medical bills, treatment and living expenses. Eric is the 29yr old loving father of 3 adorable boys ages 9 (Dominique),3 (Damien) and 1(Dylan). He was recently diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer) along with the beginning stages of organ failure that makes this devastating news.The specialist found a tumor in his kidney that has metastasized and spread to his spine causing pain, discomfort and a bulging disc.Eric is a very strong willed person and does not want to let this diagnosis beat him.He wants to be able to survive long enough to see his children reach adulthood but that is not promised. At this point surgery is not an option and chemotherapy is an expensive alternative that has a high probability of not working. His eldest son is a special needs child and has a rare genetic disorder called Cleidocranial Dysostosis along with severe ADHD. He is not able to work at this time because of severe vomiting,massive weight loss (50pounds in a couple of months),migraines, extreme back pain and sporadic blackouts that get more frequent depending on the day.
I am the only provider in our household at this time and it is very difficult to stay afloat especially with small children to provide for.With all the expenses of treatment that will not be covered by insurance I am creating this fund to hopefully help get him what he needs during this hard time.Any small amount is appreciated.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts... Be blessed.
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