When I met Mark, he was recovering from stage 3b colon cancer. He had completed surgery to remove part of his colon, radiation and chemotherapy. A month into our relationship, we found out he was cancer free, he lived cancer free for about a year, until a routine scan showed something in his lungs.
There were a few spots in his lungs that they were keeping an eye on. When it seemed to look as they were growing, the oncologist decided to biopsy the largest spot.
In November of 2014, a month after moving in together to become a blended family of 7, we found out it was in fact cancer in his lungs. It is a metastasized spread of the colon cancer. There were 3 tumors in his lungs and one in his aorta, but now this number has grown to 6 tumors in his lungs. We are told that they are inoperable.
The oncologist has told us this disease is not curable. All treatment from this point on is about extending Mark's life. The 5 year survival rate for his cancer is 11.5%. The average life span of someone with this cancer is 2 years. He has already defied those odds.
He is off work on disability and trying to make ends meet for the family while going through this treatment.
Mark is also wanting to try some alternative treatments through naturopathic doctors to try and cure or manage this cancer so he can try to live a normal life for as long as possible and be there for our five children.
Naturopathic treatments are not covered by medical and are very expensive.
We are also now seeking donations to cover the cost of a clinical trial that is being done in California. Mark’s oncologist would like to send him down there to receive immunotherapy treatment in hopes of possibly getting rid of the cancer completely.
We hope that this trial will be the cure we have been waiting for. He would very much like to be the father and partner he wants to be.
He is currently on three different types of chemotherapy 1) oral pills he takes every day for two weeks, then one week off, and 2) IV chemo at Lions Gate Hospital every three weeks. He has been on this regiment for over a year now, which as you can imagine, is quite hard on him.