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Joe Davis vs Metastatic Lung Cancer

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My husband, Joe Davis, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rectal cancer. We were so scared. What would happen? What procedures would he have to go through? A million questions later, lots of wonderful doctors and lots of testing, Joe started treatment.

After chemotherapy and radition, the tumor was successfully removed. He endured 8 more months of chemo and a colestomy bag (and reversal surgey).

We thought we had it beat! Unfortunately, a few months after that, we found out that the cancer had metastasized to his lungs, stage 4. There is no cure for this! Joe has been on chemo treatments since being diagonosed with lung cancer. He takes chemo pills every day as well as gets infusions at the hospital. 

The medical bills are astronomical and he cannot work anymore. Co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles...

We would be so grateful for anyone that could help us raise money to help with the medical bills. 

The fact is that Joe will be on chemo until he either can't do it anymore, physically, or he decides to stop. He just wants more time...

No matter how small, your donation will go a long way to helping us through this difficult time! 

Sincerely, 

Christine Davis
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For the past two days, Joe has been so exhausted. He didn’t even get out of bed until about 4:30 today. I’m so glad everyone got a chance to see him on Saturday for his birthday! I met with a social worker from hospice today. It made me feel so much better knowing I wasn’t alone on the medical front. It’s great to have a team of people to support him and me. We will be meeting with his nurse tomorrow. Good days...bad days!
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And so it begins. This is the beginning of the end. I don't have a crystal ball so I don't know how much time he has. I do know that he is in extreme fatigue and sometimes in pain. The cancer has extended into his liver and his kidneys, though his kidney function, right now, is ok surprisingly. He's done, so done, with chemo or clinical trials. The best I can do for him right now is make him comfortable for however long he has. No one deserves to die like this. Having family and friends supporting and loving us makes all the difference. I know some people don't have that. Thank you to everyone.
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It's been tough lately for Joe. He's much more tired to the point that he has to lay down during the day and rest. There is something going on with his throat now and we are making an appointment with an ENT. He is struggling to speak. We passed up a slot in a clinical trial down at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center because he is just too tired right now. We started him on iron supplements to help with the anemia and try to get his energy levels up. Waiting on another slot to open but I'm just not sure if he is going to be able to handle it. I've been trying to push protein but most nights, he doesn't even eat dinner. He's that tired. It's so hard watching him slowly decline like this. He is turning 65 in a couple of weeks and the family is going to do something special for him. I just wanted to give everyone an update and thank you all for being there for us. Not just monetarily, but the calls and the texts are important as well.
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It's with a heavy heart that I post this update. The last round of chemo for Joe was not successful. Not only did the tumors in his lungs grow, but he acquired a few more in his liver. The Dr has taken him off any chemo and referred him to try a clinical trial. There is really no one to help us navigate the clinical trial world. It's a constant battle to go online, find a trial (if you can even understand the medical lingo), find out who the coordinator is and then get them to call you back. I've kept Joe out of this process as much as possible since I don't want him to deal with it. I have him registered for 6 potential trials but that's just to see if he is even eligible. Then he would have to go through a battery of tests and possible biopsy and STILL may not be eligible. to participate. We've been taking some time this week to sign advanced directives and living wills. We had a call with a nurse from our insurance company to discuss possible pain management and palliative care. I feel like there is this huge lump in my throat all the time but I'm sure it's nothing compared to how Joe feels. Thanks for all your support as we move into the next phase of his care. The picture below is from July 2018 when I took him out for dinner. It was our 20th wedding anniversary.
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