First off, Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there. I hope everyone has enjoyed their day and holiday weekend. I know I sure am glad I get to spend yet another Father's Day with my old man! To tell you the truth, when we first received all of his medical news, I wasn't sure I'd get another one with him but we have had a wonderful day and as he said the other day "everyday has been Father's Day since I've been here with you".
Many of you have reached out and asked he or I to start another GoFundMe page to continue your donations. His original one expired so this will be your new resource to donate to him if you wish.
I also wanted to hop on here and give you all an update on my dad and his current state. We have had quite the two months since we brought him out here. I am sure all of you know by now, that we barely made it. He and I had a very long travel day from CA to NC and after multiple delays and plane changes, we finally ended up in Raleigh about 2am. It was one of those days where nothing could go right and when I went to find the car that night, I couldn't find it. We ended up taking an Uber home, and got to my house at 3am. When he got out of the car, he couldn't walk. I had to have the Uber driver help me get him to the front porch until I could run in and wake Marvin up to help me get him to bed. VERY long story short, the next day while I was at work, he was having many passing out spells and Marvin called me and told me to get home immediately. We ALL know how stubborn my dad is, but I knew it was bad when I got home and asked him "what do you think about the hospital right about now?" He looked me in the eye and said "whatever you think is best, if you think we need to go, let's go".
This trip to the hospital that lasted days taught us that he had lost most of his blood, he was at a fatal level but they didn't know the cause of it or why he wasn't retaining any of the transfusions he received. Fast forward, we were assigned AMAZING doctors in each specialty he needed, and they quickly began running tests and giving us treatment options. He is diagnosed Stage 4 Prostate Cancer that is metastatic along with acquired anemia which has basically created hemophilia which causes him to bleed very easily, even from the smallest cuts.
The doctors have started him on a non-chemo specialty drug treatment for his cancer, and he just began a four week infusion (also non-chemo) treatment to help with the bleeding issue that landed us in the hospital 2 months ago. He also gets a large shot every 3 months for his cancer treatment that works directly with the main treatment he is on. He also goes through a procedure every 3-6 months to replace a kidney stent that is helping his weakened kidney function.
This is all a very summarized update but I know it's been a while since you got a good update and I will keep you all updated as more/anything comes. Although he does have prostate cancer which can be very treatable, we have to keep in mind his age, and on top of that, he has a rare type that is only 2% of prostate cancers. To tell you the truth, we have no idea what the future looks like but for now, he is happy. He has good days and bad days, but we make the most of the good days.
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns and I am more than happy to give you more detail! We thank you all for everything you have done and for loving this old man so dearly.