Jason McNamee vs. cancer

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Raised by 102 people in 41 months
Barry Kerth
on behalf of Jason McNamee
 ARLINGTON, WA
The McNamee family is not a stranger to cancer. In 2009, when their first child was just 11 months old Jason was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the tongue for the first time. The following treatment of extensive surgery, radiation and chemo took a tremendous toll on their family. Jason was completely out of order for nearly 5 months as he went through treatment and recovered. Jason's wife Rebekah didn’t skip a beat and continued to work full time and take care of their baby, not to mention taking care of Jason. At the end of treatment though it was declared that there was “no sign of disease” and that Jason's life could resume. They thought that they had put it all behind them.

Fast forward a little over 6 years to the Spring of 2015. Jason had noticed a sore spot on the preciously unaffected side of his tongue that would not seem to go away. After a couple of weeks he contacted the office of his otolaryngologist (head and neck doctor) to have it checked out. A biopsy identified it as cancer and surgery was completed in order to remove it. Thankfully,because he had been so quick to have it checked out, the surgery was relatively minimal and recovery was fairly quick.

In January of this year Jason noticed another persistent sore spot that was located near his throat, behind the area where his first surgery had taken place. His pain was unpleasant and made it difficult to eat. Again, after a couple weeks he called his otolaryngologist to have it checked out. Upon visual inspection he could not determine a reason for the pain so he recommended a PET/CT scan to ensure that no unusual cellular activity was present. The scans came back negative and while that was a good sign, the pain was still persistent and getting worse. Jason's doctor suggested that they do another biopsy just to rule out cancer. At his follow up appointment with his wife and 3 children in tow, the doctor walked in with a solemn look on his face. The cancer was back and had taken a hold in the back of his tongue near his throat. More invasive and complicated surgery must be done in order to ensure that the tumor is completely removed before it has time to metastasize to other areas of his body.

Through all of this, Jason's wife has remained his rock. Sure, she’s not immune to the emotional roller coaster that is their life, but still, she remains strong for Jason…and for their kids. Their oldest is aware of what is going on with daddy to some extent, but thankfully the other two are not old enough to completely grasp the reality of what they're dealing with.

Through this all we remain hopeful that things will improve. That Jason will regain his health. And that life can resume for him and his family without the fear of what’s going to come next.
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An update from Jason: Hey everyone. I wanted to post another update. The easy way to put it is that things are going well overall. My body is healing quickly and every day things get a little better. I'm still definitely dealing with a significant roller coaster of physical and emotional struggles every day but could not be happier with the support I've been receiving from the staff here at Virginia Mason as well as my amazing friends and family. At this point I am expecting to be discharged either on Tuesday or Wednesday. This is all dependent on how the next few days go but at this pace I think it's a pretty safe bet. At that point I will just need time to rest and heal up completely. I will be going home with a feeding tube inserted into my stomach and will remain on that until I am able to sufficiently swallow food through my mouth. (fingers crossed) Thank you all so much for the continued love and support. Rebekah and I simply could not be more grateful.
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A message from Jason:

Hey gang! Just a little update. Recovery is going well. Healing is progressing as it should. Pain is manageable and I'm able to take in food through my feeding tube now. Will most likely be here for a few more days to make sure I'm good to go home. Thank you all again for the tremendous support!
Jason, Bekah, and Samantha - ca. 2010
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Jason is out of surgery. Procedure was completed without complications and now he can start the long road to recovery! Thank you for everyone's love and support!
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Douglas Parker
40 months ago

I am a Retired Firefighter and a Retired Pharmacy Tech. I am a Type II Diabetes person working every day to be a survivor. I understand the struggle to live, to see your children grow up and understand your struggle to live. You are in my daily prayers. Good Luck.

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Raised by 102 people in 41 months
Created February 3, 2016
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I will be keeping you in my prayers.

Douglas Parker
40 months ago

I am a Retired Firefighter and a Retired Pharmacy Tech. I am a Type II Diabetes person working every day to be a survivor. I understand the struggle to live, to see your children grow up and understand your struggle to live. You are in my daily prayers. Good Luck.

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