It deeply saddens me to inform you all that James cancer has spread despite doing three different aggressive chemotherapy regimens, including what is called SALVAGE chemo.
To further complicate matters, it was discovered over the Christmas holiday that James had been misdiagnosed. Originally, we were told he had a rare form of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. However, James has a difficult to diagnose and even more challenging to treat form of aggressive T-Cell Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He currently has cancerous fluid around his heart and lungs, as well as a gastrointestinal bleed.
Earlier this week, the pain management doctor consulted with James and his family to determine if James wanted to continue with treatment, or seek end-of-life hospice care. James is a fighter and continues to fight, despite previous treatments failing and his body being riddled with cancer.
For the better part of a year James has had chemotherapy injected directly into his spine more than 15 times, and has received three different IV chemotherapy treatments, all of which have been unsuccessful in shrinking the cancer. He has suffered immensely from both his growing cancer as well as the toxic effects of the numerous chemotherapies he has endured.
His last and best hope is for a new treatment, which he is starting today (1/19/18). The goal is that this treatment will decrease the amount of cancer in his body to a point where he could receive a donor bone marrow transplant, which would potentially cure him. Our window of opportunity to achieve a cure is disappearing rapidly. James needs all of the help he can get.
Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support over the course of the past 10 months since James cancer diagnosis. He is so sick now that he has a hard time getting out of bed and requires a full-time caregiver. Because of this his fiance Sarah has had to take a leave of absence from her work. All of the expenses associated with James care have been too much for James family and Sarah to bear. Frequent travel for treatment and time away from work has taken it's toll, so much so that even monthly bills have become a problem. His insurance premiums, prescription medications, and travel for treatment have presented financial hardship.
James is an amazing young man and is deeply loved by all who know him. he always thinks of the needs of others before himself. He is an incredible father to his son, loving fiance, and cherished son and brother. When James was healthy he enjoyed watching MMA, fishing, hiking, surfing, wake boarding, and snow boarding.
The pictures below show James before cancer, and during these difficult past few months undergoing treatment.
Message from Sarah, James fiance:
Thank you to all who have supported us during the most difficult time in our lives. Never did we imagine that in our early thirties we would face a life-threatening illness. We were planning to get married and have more children. I have loved James since I was a teenage girl. He was, and still is my best friend. We are about to celebrate our 10th anniversary on February 4th. James was there for me when my mother died from stage 4 cancer, when I was 22 years old. He has been my biggest support system, without whom I wouldn't have made it a far as I have. I cannot picture my life without him. He means everything to me. He is the love of my life. I'm so sorry to ask more of you all. We are in dire need of help at this point. If you are able to help it would mean the world to us. Thank you again so much.
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