Adam 's medical & loss of work fund

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Raised by 91 people in 8 months
Created August 30, 2018
Adam Hutchisson was diagnosed with a  brain tumor the week before Labor Day, 2018. and was referred to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for evaluation. On September 11, 2018, Adam underwent brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible (about 95%). As a result he lost the peripheral vision on the right side of his right eye as well as some memory functions. Pathology results showed the tumor to be a glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant form of brain cancer with an average survival rate of only 14 months after diagnosis. Following surgery, Adam had a few weeks' recovery before he began a six-week treatment of radiation therapy along with daily chemotherapy. Once that finished, and he took a one-month break, he returned to chemo – twice the dose but only five days per month - which will last for a six-month period. In addition, he was fitted with an Optune device, which is connected to a series of transducers attached to his head that send impulses through the brain to interrupt and possibly destroy the growth of cancer cells. Each month since the end of radiation, Adam has been returning to Mayo Clinic once a month for an MRI as well as other related appointments. While there is an enhancement where the edge of the tumor was, it is not completely clear whether this is continued tumor growth. Adam tried to return to work part time in December, but found it extremely difficult, and on advice of his neuro-oncologist, has taken a leave of absence for several months to focus on recovery and regaining strength. His wife Amy has taken on the role of caregiver, supporting Adam through daily medications, weekly medical appointments, and managing the fatigue that comes with battling cancer, in addition to caring for their three children and trying to keep the household running. They are experiencing a loss of income for these unexpected months while neither Adam nor Amy is able to work full time. In addition to their usual expenses, they have extra medical costs, along with monthly travel to Mayo Clinic, accommodation and food while there, much higher insurance premiums and some co-pays that their insurance does not cover. Thank you for your prayers for Adam and Amy and their family, and for your financial help as well. We rely on God’s provision through many different avenues to keep them going.
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Thanks to all of you who are supporting Adam and his family in prayer and with your financial help. Thursday’s MRI showed no growth in the shadow where the brain tumor is located – good news! The disappointment is that while we thought we would get more definitive answers as to whether that shadow is tumor or whether it is the remaining swelling from the radiation, Adam & Amy found out Thursday that that is not yet the case. Swelling can remain for up to a year! So they are still unsure whether that shadow is all tumor, all swelling, or a combination of both. They will return to Mayo Clinic next month again for another MRI and the usual follow-up appointments. Other results were more definitive and good – an ultrasound showed no remaining blood clot, and Adam’s red and white blood cell and platelet counts were normal. Amy continues to look for employment since Adam is not yet able to work again, so please keep that in your prayers.
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Adam was back at Mayo Clinic on Tuesday for his 2nd MRI after completing radiation and the first round of chemo. The MRI ended up showing nothing useful as the contrast dye was not administered properly, and it turned out to be a bad experience all around for Adam - 3 needle insertions, dye going into his tissues rather than his vein, and, of course, no usable result! So another MRI will be done mid-February. But, following this botched MRI, Adam did have a good meeting with his neuro-oncologist. Adam has been back working again for 4 weeks, but is experiencing lots of fatigue, especially since the first week of his 2nd round of chemo in early January. The doctor's advice: stop working, focus on resting and recovering for a few months, then revisit the "getting back to work" idea. But of course that means no paycheck, so Adam and Amy are now switching roles - she is looking for a job and Adam will stay with the kids and do their homeschooling. Please continue to pray for energy, stamina, recovery, healing for Adam; for Amy to find a job that will meet their financial needs; for provision for them in the meantime. Thanks for continuing to stand with our family during this uncertain time - it is wonderful to be sheltered by the Rock!
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Thanks to all of you who are praying for Adam, sending encouragement, and sending financial help to him and his family. God has been very good to them over these past almost 4 months since his diagnosis of a glioblastoma. After surgery, then 6 weeks of radiation therapy coupled with chemo, then a break of a month, Adam returned to the Mayo Clinic for another MRI and several follow up appointments this week. Here's what we know now.

The MRI showed what they call an "enhancement", apparently a "hot spot" where the tumor was/is located. At this stage, we are told, this could be either the tumor re-growing or an edema/fluid pocket as a result of the radiation therapy. There is no way to tell yet which one it is. Adam and Amy were told that radiation often causes edema and that it generally dissipates by the end of the third month after radiation is finished. That would be the middle of February. Of course our hearts are heavy as we contemplate the possibilities and the not knowing for another couple of months. We continue to pray fiercely for healing, but our hearts also join with the Savior’s in saying to Father God, “Thy will be done”.

Apparently the other tests went OK and Adam has an authorization from his doctor to return to work on a graduated scale: 4 hours/day for 2 weeks, then 6 hours/day for another 2 weeks, then a full 8 hours/day. Since Adam loves his job and has been chomping at the bit to go back to work, he is delighted with this, and we are delighted to pray that it will go well and he will have great success at reintegrating into his job as a 911 dispatcher. Please join us in praying for this.

He is scheduled to begin the next chemotherapy as soon as the prescription is filled and shipped to him. We expect this to be a 5 times a month dose for 6 months. He will also return to Mayo in a month for another MRI.

Again, thanks for your continued prayer and support in all this. We have truly felt surrounded by the body of Christ during these days. With blessing from us and a hope for a wonderful and meaningful Christmas.

Don & Sharon (Adam's parents)
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After successful removal of most of the glioblastoma on September 11, Adam has been recovering well, although slowly. He is now in occupational therapy, and the family has decided to remain at Mayo Clinic for the 6-week targeted radiation therapy that should begin within a couple of weeks. This will take them to the very end of Adam's allowed and unpaid Family Leave from his job. God has orchestrated all this in an amazing way so far, and our family is looking to Him to continue doing that. Thanks to all of you who are standing with us in prayer and financial help. May God richly bless you! Don & Sharon (Adam's parents)
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