Thank you in advance for your support. When you are diagnosed with cancer your life stops. You are humbled and you accept good things from God like you never have before. Cancer hurts the hearts of those who fight from the sidelines.
We have started this fund to assist Carter and family with day to day bills, medical expenses, treatments (conventional and unconventional), and for an opportunity to continue to create memories with his family. Carter is determined to extend his runway of life and he and the family know that through your prayers they will fight back at cancer and win.
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Carter's Journey to Beat Cancer
On February 16, Carter went to Urgent Care because of stomach pains. Bloodwork and and x-rays were taken and he was sent home with the diagnosis of intestinal flu. About a month later on March 21, he was having regular stomach pains that literally took his breath away. He went back into Urgent Care. Once again bloodwork, x-rays and this time an added CAT scan was given that revealed so much more.
Carter called his wife and told her that he needed her to come and pick him up and take him to the St. Cloud Hospital. He didn't want to give me any additional information until. When she walked into the room where he was waiting, he looked her in the eye with tears running down his face and voice quivering he said six words that will forever change their lives. "They think that I have cancer."
Carter is a 44 year old healthy man how could this be? That evening they met with two different doctors who explained that masses were found in his abdominal area, in his duodenum (first part of the small intestine immediately beyond the stomach, on his liver, and in a webbing surrounding his intestines.
On March 27, he met with an oncologist and the worst was confirmed, Carter had stage 4 terminal cancer. At the time, it was decided that he had duodenum cancer which is a very rare and aggressive cancer. Hearing out loud what we so badly feared was heartbreaking. A PET scan and MRI were ordered for later in the week to get a better look at the cancer and to reveal if it had spread to any other parts of his body that the CAT scan did not show.
On March 29, Carter had a PET scan and MRI done. The scans revealed that it was colon cancer and a biopsey indicated the mass on the duodenum was benign. While cancer is not good news, the change to Colon cancer was because it is a much more common type of cancer. It is still stage 4 terminal cancer, but he does have more options for treatment.
On April 4, Carter had surgery and a chemo port was put into his chest where he will receive his infusions. He has been in touch with an oncologist at The Mayo Clinic and they have set up a plan. Carter will do his first day of chemo at the Coborn Cancer Center of St. Cloud, he goes home on a chemo pump for 46 hours. This is repeated every two weeks. He will do 4-6 cycles of this and then news scans will be done to see how effective the chemo has been. He will then go to The Mayo Clinic and meet with an oncologist there to see on how best to proceed.
- Lea Javenkoski
- Brian Wanko
- Crystal Waage
- Kevin Brucker
- Holly Rans
Organizer and beneficiary