Recently, Mark had a scan of his brain which indicated a new growth in the frontal lobe. The Duke medical team believes it to be another APA tumor as it is rapidly growing. Research is not yet able to understand how and why this type of tumor regrows in adults. Mark started a chemotherapy drug on December 6th. Unfortunately, Mark's body is rejecting treatment.
Mark was hospitalized this past week as he was unable to tolerate any food or liquids. His liver began to fail him so medications were halted to provide his body some rest. Doctors recently discharged Mark to his house with in-home medical support so he could be with his family for Christmas.
The next several days and weeks are uncertain with regard to the level of required care, in-home treatment , travel, and the possibility of another craniotomy (brain surgery) with rehab. The upcoming year will certainly bring new medical bills, deductibles and travel costs associated with Mark's treatment.
Mark & Kim continue to focus their efforts on Mark's treatment and on maintaining a stable family environment for Abby and Jack. Mark & Kim also work full-time as public servants when they are able to maintain a consistent work schedule. Mark's doctors continue to monitor his care and recommend updated treatment options as necessary.
This page was created by Mark's Brothers & Sisters in Blue ♀️♂️ in hopes of reducing the upcoming financial strain for the family. We want Mark & Kim to focus their time & energy on family & health. Merry Christmas, and please keep Mark, Kim, Abby and Jack in your prayers.
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