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Help David Brumley Beat Cancer

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Raised by 72 people in 3 months
Created February 14, 2019
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. 

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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. 

Xoxo,
MacKenzie +Gary
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Thank you to everyone for the love and support we received over the past few months. As a final update, David has unfortunately lost his battle with cancer. He passed away at home surrounded by friends and family on April 13.

David was one of those lucky souls that was able to light up a room and bring everyone together with laughter. He will be missed dearly but never gotten. For those of you who knew David, remember him for the laughter and the good times he was able to bring to your life. He was a one of a kind, but no longer has to suffer through this terrible disease.

Love forever,
MacKenzie & Gary
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This is not going to be the update you're hoping for, but dad is back in the hospital as of yesterday (3/2). He was having a lot of bleeding that needed to get checked out.

Once admitted to the hospital he had a CAT scan (that showed nothing out of the ordinary). He has also had 4 blood transfusions, as he has lot quite a bit of blood. This morning (3/3) the doctors did a endoscopy to see if the bleeding was coming from an ulcer in his stomach. They found nothing and are thinking the bleeding is coming from his tumor located at the end of his colon and anal cavity. The doctor is contacting dad's oncologist to figure out next steps, as it could potentially involve his tumor.

Thank you everyone again for the love and support you've shown my family. We appreciate it more than you know. As always, I'll keep you updated on his condition.

To make this post not a complete downer, here are pictures of dad and Margot being reunited at the rehab center this past Friday (3/1).
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I wanted to thank everyone again for sharing and donating to help dad! I have a quick but nevertheless an important update.

On Friday (2/22), dad got moved to a rehab center to begin his next steps in strengthening his motor skills. Today, the staff will be doing an assessment of dad's physical state and create a plan that best suits him. The facility operates their physical therapy unit up to twice a day and seven days a week. As you might have guessed, dad is rearing to get started. He's SO eager, we've already been requested to not help him up from bed as it's good training. The best part of the rehab center, they allow dogs! Margot and Harley will be visiting him sometime in the upcoming week, as they have not seen him since he was admitted to the hospital. We are hopefully dad's stay will only be about two weeks but we won't know until dad gets started doing PT.

Most of the fluid from his body is gone, and ended up being about 10lbs worth!! Dad is also still on antibiotics to cure his pneumonia and will continue those for 21 days. He still has a bit of shortness of breath while doing any type of moving but PT should help build up his stamina.

His oncologist also visited him during his hospital stay and they will be reevaluating his cancer treatment plan once dad has completed his time at the rehab center. With his better functioning liver, there will hopefully be more options and better results for these upcoming treatments.

Xoxo,
MacKenzie
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Thank you to everyone who has donated, we are so grateful! We have some news since dad was admitted to the hospital last Thursday, we'd like to share with everyone.

When he arrived at the hospital dad could not breathe on his own, and had to be on heavy oxygen 24/7. Everyday the doctors were doing breathing exercises and were able to decrease the amount of oxygen through the machine as dad's breathing got better. Today, they took him off the machine and he's able to breathe on his own and at full capacity! This is a complete miracle as his doctors have never seen someone recover from lack of oxygen so quickly. They are calling him their "miracle patient."

Now onto what caused his lack of breathe. The doctors were able to confirm dad developed pneumonia which was causing the shortness of breathe. They are thinking a virus called PCP is the cause but have yet to figure out what the fluid in his lungs is or where it came from. The antibiotics they put him on seem to be working and his improvement has been incredible. On another note, dad's jaundice has officially gone away (after two months!!), which is a great sign that is liver is beginning to function properly again (a tumor was blocking his liver's filtration system).

Next steps in dad's recovery is moving him to a rehab center to build up his motor skills (as he's lost most being housebound for six months) and continue his antibiotics treatments. Since dad is still very weak following radiation, chemo, and now pneumonia they want to keep a close eye on him to ensure he is getting the best care possible. Following these treatments there will most likely be more chemo and possibly a new treatment plan to kill these tumors once and for all!! It's going to be a long road ahead but for the first time in six months there is finally a silver lining.

Xoxo,
MacKenzie
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