James Smith / rare cancer
Our friend James Smith has been diagnosed with very rare sinus cancer . He is longtime Slidell resident , and locally owns Sheetrock business. He has a wife and three children . He was diagnosed and basically told nothing could be done in January and was given a month to live . I was in the right place at the right time and heard of a story of someone else with almost same diagnosis and was put in contact with a specialist that is doing all he can to help . He is undergoing chemo and radiation. Tonight he is back in St Tammany hospital with heart failure and cellulitis in both legs . Financially they are completely depleted. Also has medical bills and some medications not covered by insurance. Chanel 4 news reporter Megan will be interviewing him tomorrow morning from his hospital room , there hoping this may help him raise funds as well . We appreciate everyone’s prayers and thoughts for him and his family at this time .+ Read More
It breaks my heart to have to write this update.... James passed away yesterday (Sunday) morning at home while sleeping. We are devastated. Thank you all for being so kind. Please continue to pray for me and the kids.
James went in for blood work and office visit with Oncologist today. They rescheduled his palliative chemotherapy to next week due to blood work coming back not up to par to have treatment today. They scheduled a head CT scan and lumbar scan (his thighs are numb and have no feeling) for (Friday) day after tomorrow.
Thank you for all of your prayers and donations. James is scheduled for another cycle of palliative chemotherapy next week. Unfortunately the radiation therapy is not an option anymore (although he made several attempts to overcome his PTSD & Claustrophobia and get through radiation therapy) it did not work out for him. The tumor has grown considerably, even after two FESS procedures in trimming down some of the tumor in his nostrils...the tumor continues to grow rapidly with full force. It is a very aggressive cancer. He is on continuous oxygen, and at home. James cannot see out of his left eye, however he sees some shadow type streaks. His right eye is now becoming affected and he's growing more scared as each day delivers new symptoms, but he's staying strong as much as he can. He is grateful and touched by all of you that have shown concern and support. We as a family appreciate all of you. I'll continue to update as James continues his battle. Please continue to lift him up in prayer. ~ Sincerely, Terry Smith