Julien's Healing Fund

$29,817 of $42,000 goal

Raised by 134 people in 8 months
Created December 9, 2018
This summer, Julien slowly started to lose weight and energy, and in October noticed a small bulge in his abdomen. After initial examinations, a biopsy was performed. For a month and a half the results continued to come back inconclusive, and were sent to more specialized labs for analysis.

While waiting for the results, the mass in his abdomen tripled in size and was now obstructing kidney function. Julien was admitted to the hospital where a diagnosis was finally received: testicular cancer which had metastasized to the lymph nodes in his abdomen, chest and neck, with lesions also in his liver and lungs. 

After a week at the local hospital, his kidneys had stabilized, however, his case was seen as too risky to treat locally, so he was transferred to USC Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles to be overseen by a specialized team.

Julien was in hospital for a second full week in Los Angeles, where some additional complications arose. However, the combined support of traditional medicine, holistic methods, energetic healing and prayer by family, friends and healers around the world had a positive impact. He successfully completed a five day treatment of chemotherapy at the hospital, and was discharged last weekend to continue treatments closer to home. Four rounds of chemotherapy are suggested, followed by surgery.

While being at home is more healing and less stressful than the hospital, the challenges of around-the-clock care are now apparent. Julien's wife Melissa has taken leave from work, accompanying him throughout his hospital stay and continuing to be his primary caregiver at home through his healing journey. 

We ask that you consider making a contribution to assist Julien in his recovery. The funds will be utilized to assist with the numerous medical bills and unforeseen expenses that have come their way during this time as well as the cost of alternative therapies to compliment Julien's current treatments.

Lastly, we invite you to take a minute or two each day to join us in unifying hearts and minds by holding a vision of wellness, happiness and thriving for Julien, and any others going through similar challenges. If you are a healer and feel called to include Julien in your remote healing work, please do. And if you know of any healing circles, please share this with them so that they may add Julien to their list.

With deep love and appreciation,
Julien Griffault & Melissa Navarro

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Hello dear friends,

I write this update on my final day of chemo here at USC Norris Cancer Center. I have completed all four recommended cycles and was fortunate this time to have very few side effects. The team has been amazing and I am so appreciative for the positive environment they created with each cycle.

The next steps will be a CT scan in about one month, with close monitoring by the oncology team. I am scheduled for follow ups with the USC team at the end of August and then surgery possibly in September. Depending on the what the CT shows, they may delay surgery for 2-3 months in hopes that the fourth round of chemo will continue to shrink the tumors and allow surgery to go more smoothly.

In July I had the pleasure of spending a week with my parents who came to visit and help out. We are all doing well and excited for what is to come.

Thank you for your ongoing messages of support. During this time I have had the opportunity to reconnect with dear old friends and that has really warmed my heart.

Sending everyone blessings and love,

Julien, Melissa, Mimi the pup and the 4 chickens
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Dear friends,

Hope this note finds you well. I wanted to send out a little update from USC Hospital as I am in the middle of my third round of chemotherapy. The previous round went very well, with no major side effects. As always the nurses and doctors at USC were excellent and it felt good being in their care.

My blood results today were very good with a decrease in all tumor markers. I am scheduled to do a fourth round of chemo after this one which will be most likely followed by surgery. The process is going well, i am not quite out of the woods yet but it’s looking good.

Thank you all for your kind notes and support, they are greatly appreciated. I miss you and look forward to reconnecting in a few months.

Many blessings,
Julien & Melissa
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Hope everyone is doing great.

Melissa and I went to USC Norris Cancer Hospital on Memorial Day to meet with the head oncologist, Dr. Q. We dropped off our pup Mimi at a friend’s house for a play date with another dog, and off we went. The drive was fast and smooth with no traffic at all; a rare thing when going to L.A.

Dr. Q spent a great deal of time speaking with us about the current status of things and options moving forward.

In summary, there were new tumors growing in my abdominal area. One pressing on the kidney, another in the middle of the abdomen and the last pressing against the colon. The tumors made my elimination limited and caused my abdomen to be quite distended. A tube was placed in my kidney again to support proper functioning.

I will skip some of the more technical aspects; basically Dr Q’s recommendation was to start four new rounds of a different chemo regimen that same day. Each round includes one week of chemo in hospital, followed by two weeks off at home. So 12 weeks total, after which surgery will likely follow.

After discussing our options, we felt this was the best way forward as well. Monday being Memorial Day, Dr Q pulled several favors and even contacted the head of my insurance company directly (probably interrupting his barbecue) to get an expedited approval for immediate hospitalization at USC Norris. I was approved and spent the week there for the first round of chemotherapy.

I have been home for two weeks and getting ready to go back for the start of round #2. I am feeling good with some moments of fatigue, but overall it has been a good experience. My abdomen is much less distended, so the treatment is already having a positive effect.

We feel we have a solid plan and I am feeling very optimistic. Am I excited to be back in this position? No, but it is happening now for a reason and I want to make the most of it. The team at USC Norris is lovely; many of them I recognize from my first time here. They really know what they are doing and seem to enjoy their work. I appreciate having the opportunity to get to know them and be in their care.

That is the latest news. Please know that I am doing well, and in very good hands. Thank you for your love and support!

Don’t hesitate to write; I don’t have much to do apart from resting and plenty of meditation and introspection.

With great love and appreciation,
Julien & Melissa
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Dear friends and family,

We hope this message finds you well and in perfect health! Here is the latest on Julien's recovery journey.

We have had a number of weeks to focus on rest and recovery while continuing to do all the at-home alternative treatments Julien has been doing since the start.

A series of tests and scans were ordered recently to see where we are, and also identify the source of a recent pain he has started to have in his side.

The scans came out very positive - lungs are clear, neck is clear, stomach, liver, gallbladder and spleen look good. The large masses that were in the abdomen are still present, but have significantly reduced in size. It also seems like the testicular tumor has gone. This remains to be confirmed by the oncologist, however, this is great news as we were told the chemo treatment would not be able to affect this part of the body and surgery would be needed. This may be the result of the alternative therapies we have been following all this time.

His oncologist has never seen a case respond so well after just two series of chemotherapy and is referring us to an oncologist at USC to get a second opinion as to the next steps for his treatment.

The pain in his side is concerning and seems to be related to a remaining mass pressing against his left kidney and colon. This is causing some difficulty in elimination and will need to be addressed very soon to avoid kidney damage. We are waiting to get approval to see the oncologist from USC to know what he recommends.

We will keep you posted on the development of his situation. In the meantime, Julien and I want to thank you for your messages of love and support.

Many blessings,
Melissa + Julien
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Created December 9, 2018
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