In the summer of 2007 Joe started having seizures, the family became extremely concerned and began seeing multiple doctors to try and find the cause of the seizures. After many months of bloodwork, tests, scans and finally a MRI the neurologist found a tumor the size of a cantaloupe in his brain on the frontal lobe. The doctors decided that the best course of action would be to have brain surgery. At the end of January 2008, Joe underwent brain surgery, where the neurologist was only able to remove pieces of the tumor, as most of it was in the gray area, and they could not operate there. It was discovered that Joe has Stage 2 Oligodendroglioma, these are slow growing tumors, that will never go in to remission. These types of Tumors usually in about 10 years change and become Stage 4 Glioblastnomas.
After surgery Joe was not able to return to work, because there was a long year of Chemo and Radiation treatments. After these treatments, they discovered that the Chemo and Radiation was harming his heart. The mitral valve needed to be replaced, so in March of 2009 Joe underwent open heart surgery. This surgery was to replace the valve, so that it would work properly again.
After the heart surgery, although not in remission, things were pretty quiet for Joe and the family. He was still suffering with migraine headaches, memory loss, declined usage of the left side motor skills, seizures and tremors. He has been on medicine to control his seizures, as well as constant pain medicine, to help him get through his days. During this time he went every 3 months for new scans to monitor the growth of the remaining parts of the tumor.
March of 2013 Joe went in for his routine scan, and did not get the results that we were all hoping and praying for. This scan showed that there 2 new tumors, that were not able to be operated on, as they were located in the Gray area of his brain. This brought on another year of daily Chemo treatments in hopes to shrink the 2 new tumors, and also keep the original one from growing. After the year of Chemo all the tumors seem to be the same size we all thought Yay!! This is working.
September of 2014 when Joe went in for his routine scan, and everything seemed to still be consistent they would continue their routine, and Joe would go back in 3 months for another set of scans. In December 2014 Joe went in for his scans, a 4th tumor was discovered, this one the size of an egg, and located on the brain stem. Joe went to the doctor in January, 2015 and that is when we found out that another surgery is necessary. All 5 of Joe’s doctors have found that the best course of action is to remove this tumor, do a biopsy, and make sure that we are dealing with the same type of cancer. Surgery is set for February 24, 2015
None of this has been easy for Joe, or his family. They have done everything that they can to make sure Joe is living a normal life. Making sure to cherish every moment as a family, and making memories that will last a lifetime. I’m trying to help in collecting enough to cover their insurance deductible and chemo expenses for them this year since this has been a long rough road on the family. Please join us in praying and supporting Joe, he is a strong guy, and is fighting a hard fight, and we all love him!!
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6024 Heath Valley Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
- Jim Wicker
- Betty Prody
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