Goose Cancer Warrior IV
The cancer metastasized to my lymph nodes in 2002 and I underwent major surgery, another 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. My survival rate was less than 30% at the time. The tumors returned the following year and lost my leg at the hip in July 2003 trying to save my life or at least prolong it.
In 2004 almost to date of my amputation my wife gave birth to a boy and girl twins......It seemed for now we were holding cancer at bay .
Since my surgery I suffer from 24/7 severe phantom and nerve pain that neither pain medications or injections have been able to solve. I knew this couldn't be the end for me and that there had to be more for me to accomplish. To aid in the taming of my pain I've taken up Paralympic sports. I have been honored to be on the US Paralympic Team in Torino and Vancouver and hopefully next year in Sochi Russia. In addition I try to give back where I can by talking to pediatric cancer patients at the hospital as well as other cancer and amputee patients to help them pull through.
Last year in August I passed my check up with flying colors....I was 9 years out with no sign of the cancer returning. But in October of 2012 I went on a routine visit to the oncologist to ask to have some internal staples removed and immediately I was sent to receive an MRI followed up with a biopsy. Once again I was diagnosed with cancer for the 4th time.
This time around the cancer had metastasized. I am currently in Stage IV of High Grade Soft Tissue Sarcoma, an extremely rare and aggressive type of cancer. There is no cure for me; right now it is a waiting game....my cancer does not do well at all with chemotherapy nor radiation. As it stands the only option is to take an aggressive approach of removing what we find until the doctors can't remove anymore.... In a glimpse of hope I am working to inquire about the possibility to be a part of a clinical trial for an upcoming chemotherapy drug.
While I was able to little by little pay of all my old medical bills this time around I have my wife and children to worry about for the future My wife had to stop working to take care of me during all my cancer battles and take care of the twins. I am asking for monetary gifts to help us pay the piling medical bills, making adjustments to my house so I can move around better on my wheelchair, and fixing my lift chair to the basement. Ideally I would like to pay off as much of my mortgage before I go so my family is not left behind with lots of bills. In addition, I would like to continue training for the Sochi Paralympic Games planned for next year. This training helps to keep me healthy for a better response to the cancer fight and does great wonders for my spirit. One of my favorite pastimes is to spend time during Christmas when all possible at the hospital bringing goodies to the kids with cancer there to brighten their day if even for a little bit. I know how tough it is to be sick and at the hospital and I do what I can to ease their stay.The healthier I can stay the better I can fight cancer back.
To learn more about me, my story, and the type of cancer I have here is a link for an article I wrote for US AntiDoping
I will be updating as much as possible.
Please help me and my family to minimize the damage cancer does emotionally, physically and financially.
You can follow my progress in health and sport on my public Facebook page at
From the bottom of our hearts
Tomorrow i am getting some injections to try help with my recently diagnose dystonia. BTW i hate needles and it seems i will get my share of those tomorrow.....any one wants to volunteers to be poked for me?
Beating the purple dragon one punch at a time. It has been almost 15 years fighting it day and night.
But i cant take a day off because cancer does not either.
Some scar tissue on the lungs due to several pneumonia infection and the swine flu that left the scar tissue. this may explain pain in lungs when hard exercise.
Over all pretty happy.
Please remember in your prayers to all those we have lost to the beast and for those fighting it right now as i type this.
You are not alone
Right now i am a couple weeks away from next check up and hopefully sign another 90 days lease on life.
thank you for your support and i will be more active here but i needed a break from the world.
Well, today. I had my cancer check up and i am happy to announce i am NED (no evidence of disease = remission is stable) and signed another lease on life for another 90 days at least till next check up.
On January 29th para Nordic Team was announced and my named was on it. After two tough years....losing my mother and uncle to cancer and the three of us being diagnosed within 6 months i was hoping for at least some small good news. Well...here it is, I will be going to Sochi 2014 this will be my third games wearing red white and blue. My last two were with wheelchair curling, what some say the least physical of the winter sports.......well a couple years later i will show up as member of the toughest sport, para nordic skiing and biathlon.
I would like to dedicate this to those very few but very good people who helped me along the way. To those lost to cancer, to those fighting right now, to the great Coach Igor who passed away recently doing what he loved, i dedicate this also to those who thought i could not do it, who wished i could not do it.......while my heart.....my bones....my health maybe breakable.....my spirit is not.
Ultimately i dedicate this to my sister in law currently fighting cancer, to my wife for being there thru thick and thin always by my side running into the fire when some run away.....to my kids because they are my inspiration and finally to my uncle and mother.......WE DID IT
Thank you Mom....love you and miss you......confía en mi....y solo en mí.
I will be posting how to follow me and Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Sochi starting March 7th, and yes we will wear those funky opening ceremony jackets.....
Cancer Warrior IV: I rather to fight and inspire than to quit and expire!!.
Augusto J. Perez
US Paralympian 2006-2010-2014
Cancer Warrior 2000-to the present