Doug Willison has always been a devoted family man and friend to so many. To know him is to know light, love and laughter, lots of laughter. His love for his wife Audra for 28 years and his sons Austin and Victor is immeasurable. He is faithful to his family, his christian beliefs and as a dedicated employee at Great Lakes Orthodontics for 34 years where his extended family grew.
In August 2008, Doug was diagnosed with a rare form of Neuroendocrine cancer called Carcinoid, which had spread to his liver. Carcinoid Cancer often goes undetected as its symptoms imitate other intestinal illnesses such as Crohn’s Disease; currently no cure exists for Carcinoid Cancer.
Doug has been fighting this disease for almost 10 years with regiment of treatment every month, blood tests every 3 and scans every 6 months with tremendous faith and strength of character admired by all his friends and family. As recent as May of this year, the disease had gone undetected into his bones… requiring immediate spinal surgery to remove a tumor that obliterated T3 and had spread to the ribs, sternum, and portion of the skull. Radiation Therapy followed and 2nd opinion was sought out at the prestigious OSU James Cancer Research Center in Columbus.
Great strides continually occur within the medical community and a recent FDA approved scan (June 2016) that picks up what normal protocol has missed was made available. Called a Gallium PET/CT, it has been showing very promising results in detecting the activity and spread of this disease. But, as Doug noted…….”if ya wanna know, you better be willing to bear the news.”
As of August the disease has spread throughout his body and after consulting with a great medical staff at BMG, Immunotherapy will be the next treatment plan. What is occurring is that the cancer is hiding within his immune system, so a “reboot” of his immune system is required to help his body point out what does not belong. The results on small cell carcinoma have been favorable and this is optimistic that it can and will assist with the longevity until that healing becomes available!!!
Through these treatments….and a ‘and this to shall pass’ optimistic outlook, we hope these symptom relieving and life extending treatments will help however, these treatments are very costly. Please consider helping with medical expenses and associated costs for him and his family through a donation of any amount.