Thank you to anybody that has taken the time to read this. My dad has been through the hardest six months of his life between bone removal surgery, hospital stay, radiation, chemo and now another hospital stay. As the main breadwinner for the family, his illness has taken a toll on our family's finances and stress levels. Anything you can give, would help us tremendously and we could not be more grateful.
In 2015, My dad David was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The tumor is at the opening of the colon and anal cavity, he also has spots in his liver and lungs. He started chemo treatment in 2016, and stopped in June 2016 and was able to live a healthy and happy life until September 2018, when things began to unravel. What we thought was a broken elbow turned out to be cancer that metastasis to his bone, forcing him to have surgery to remove his elbow and part of his upper arm. Luckily the surgery was successful and got all the existing cancer out of his bones.
October - November 2018, dad's oncologist recommended starting radiation on the original tumor to kill the cells since the cancer had seemed to be spreading. 28 sections of radiation later, and the tumor seemed to be shrinking but the liver spots seemed to be growing.
December 2018, dad developed jaundice due to the cancer spots blocking the liver's filtration system. His oncologist talked to surgeons about getting a stint put in but they said it is too risky with his tumors. Therefore the only option was for dad to start chemo again to shrink the cancer spots in his liver to help cure the jaundice.
January 2019, a new year and new cancer journeys. dad had to stopped chemo for a week due to his blood markers were getting incredibly low. After a week they looked strong and be begun chemo again. He had also lost 60 pounds since his elbow surgery and his having troubles getting around the house.
February 2019, The jaundice markers have reduced a lot (a healthy person is at a 5, while dad is currently at an 8 and he was previously at a 17). Only issue, the remaining liquid in his body has transferred into his lungs, causing extreme shortness of breathe. Today, he was transported to the hospital as his breathing had become almost none and he needed oxygen. As of right now, he will be staying for a few days or until the doctors can resolve his breathing.
I will post any updates on dad's condition as they come in.