December 21 update
Well there has not been much sleep in our house tonight. Contemplating surgery and a clinical trial at UCSF that after careful consideration and reading does not appear promising, the final discussion boiled down to, Does Cheryl want to have surgery or fight this cancer naturally with diet and cannabis oil and other phototherapy supplements. The statistics show even through our own experience that cannabis oil works better than any treatments we have been offered by western medicine. For three years we have battled this against all odds that were given and we by all rights won the battle, but not the war. We have decided after a midnight discussion and a-lot of reading we will meet with the UCSF staff on December 26 to discuss their options one last time,however we feel the risk of another surgery and the lengthy pain and recovery time that follows we will forego the surgery and treat this cancer naturally unless the tumor shows further progression in the future. Until that time we believe surgery and the trial are off the table.￼Update!
November 27 2018 Her 50th Birthday just before our Diagnosis of her reoccurrence with Glioblastoma on December 7 2018. We will have a surgical consult on December 18 2018 with UCSF and updates will follow.
In December 2015 my lovely wife suddenly lost her memory, I returned home from work to find her lost and could not even remember my name I immediatley rushed her to the emergency room and on December 7, 2015 she was diagnosed with brain cancer Glioblastoma Grade 4. We transferred her to UCSF where they removed the tumor in January 2016 and Cheryl's memory slowly returned but not without some cognitive deficits from the surgery and brain tissue that was removed with the tumor.
Cheryl is a fighter they gave her less than a year to live and she said she wasn't ready. In June of 2018 we decided to move to our retirement home in Redding California and enjoy some quiet time together and three weeks after moving into our retirement home the CARR Fire started and we were evacuated for 9 days thinking we had lost everything, Once again God stepped in and said No. We were fortunate to have only lost some trees in our back yard our home was spared.
Now fast forward to December 7 2018 and we have just learned this horrible cancer has returned and our war begins again. Cheryl will have another surgical consult with UCSF the week before Christmas on December 18 2018. We have and continue to search tirelessly for Holistic natural treatments and went to work changing our lifestyle. I retired to full time caregiver and help my wife with her natural treatments. I watched as my wife who is also a type 1 Diabetic on and insulin pump went from taking 7 different western prescription medications to needing only one, her insulin .
For the past 3 years we have been blessed and given hope and become part of a small group of long term survivors of Glioblastoma. My wife is the strongest person I have ever known, everyday she amazes me in her fight to get better and continues to live and love our life together and we thank God for all he has given us good and bad as we learn and grow in life. We are not perfect we pay our bills and help others when we can but this fight is expensive and would ask you to help us continue this fight even of only in a share and a prayer.
To all who continue to fight cancer or have been touched by it, we say a prayer for you as well and want to say never give up there is hope. 3 years and her fight continues for a life beyond what doctors say is possible.
One week prior to her initial diagnosis .....her eyes kill me I could look at those all day.
After Cheryls first surgery at UCSF January 2016 (we needed to keep her head warm she was always cold lol)
She never gives up here she is after a year of treatments
She is such a sweet amazing and brave woman I love her with all my heart