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Chuck Hurd Cancer Fund; Jointhehurd

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Raised by 46 people in 8 months
My brother, Chuck Hurd known to some as Charlie Hurd, here with his son Harrison has been told that his liver has cancer tumors; is inoperable & is terminal according to mainstream medicine. They gave him 7 months.... But there is still "hope". This requires alternative treatment for Chuck only available by controversial/alternative Doctors outside of California, and which his insurance will not cover most. Chuck is unable to work full time & is selling or has sold many assets, but it will not be enough for Chuck to receive the treatment that would give him a fighting chance to save his own life.   Aside from local chemo, his best hope is the Burzniski Clinic in Houston, Texas.  www.cancermed.com The cost for this additional CURATIVE treatment is $17,000+++monthly. We have been able to amass 3 months of the cost of the medicine, which totaled $70,000 per month as at the beginning none of the 3 medicines needed for Chuck could be covered by insurances as they are new and not yet approved by the FDA. But since his 1st hospital stay since January; 2 of the 3 medicines were approved and then authorized by a new insurance company.  And....After a couple months of use of the 3 medicines the scans done while Chuck was in hospital showed "smaller or "necrosis" tumors meaning...  IT'S WORKING!!! Praise GOD!!! But...... according to the doctors we need approximately 10 months of treatment for certainty it to be effective. We have to reach our goal. Please help by donating if you possibly can... AND please send this link out to your email friends and associates and family and post on your Facebooks!!  Click where it says share on Facebook!!! Thank you and God bless... Christina. PLEASE DONATE TO SAVE MY BROTHER CHUCK FROM CANCER! Either above @ the DONATE button or send $ through PayPal.com to jointhehurd@aol.com. Thank you!! and God bless...Christina. PLEASE! GET THE WORD OUT THERE!! Look here or go to  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chucksprogressreport for updates on Chuck's condition.    Please help by donating if you possibly can... AND please send this link out to your email friends and associates and family and post on your Facebooks!! Click where it says share on Facebook!!! Thank you and God bless... Christina. PLEASE DONATE TO SAVE MY BROTHER CHUCK FROM CANCER! Either above @ the DONATE button or send $ through PayPal.com to jointhehurd@aol.com. Thank you!! and God bless...Christina. PLEASE! GET THE WORD OUT THERE!!
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No news is good news!! So here is the no news!

Journal entry by Cindy Hurd — Jun 8, 2018

Hello to all of our wonderful friends and family!
I know that it has been too long since we have updated you...I guess we were just enjoying the stability of a good calm run!

Chuck has been doing well. 
Liver Cancer tumor marker holding steady at 2.8
Thyroid tumor cancer marker down 2 points from last month from 27 to 25!
We are grateful and taking each win humbly. 

May 23rd, Chuck did have a small hiccup; but being the "Eveready Bunny" that he is, (Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'...haha) I am able to report about the event in the past tense. It happened...

So back to the story: Chuck was not feeling that great; nauseous, short of breath and a few other sorted details over a 3-4 day period. We then went to his scheduled Chemo appointment at Eisenhower. They draw his bloodwork at each appointment. When we got the results, they noted that Chuck's hemoglobin was really low which pointed towards blood loss and that he needed a transfusion ASAP!!

We were directed to the Eisenhower Emergency and they were aware we were coming. We weren't sure where he was bleeding but they were sure it was upper G.I. Tract based on the symptoms.

Chuck's  Gastroenterologist was informed and arrived very quickly. He didn't waste any time and did an endoscopy and located Esophageal Varices in Chuck's esophagus that had ruptured. A procedure called "banding" was done in about 7 different spots. Some of the spots were banded as a precautionary measure towards future bleeding. 

Our Oncologist said that the human body contains approximately 5 liters of blood and Chuck had lost about 1.5 liters!

So after a night in the hospital for observation, the transfusion, banding and an extra bag of iron, Chuck was sent home to eat mush for the next two weeks while his esophagus healed. He compared the feeling to really bad heartburn and lumps in his throat!

Chuck is healing well and feeling almost back to "his normal" . He is anemic and his hemoglobin is still low but holding, so he will be doing IV treatments of iron for the next 8 weeks to help build his blood back up slowly.  

With all of this crazy stuff going on, luckily we have still been able to share in Harrison's important year end activities. Last week was his Art Show and a Silent Auction fundraiser at school and next week is his Theatre Performance, so stayed tuned as we will most likely be emailing out snippets of video in the near future of Harrison doing his thing!!! (not proud parents at all....lol)

Hope that this update finds everyone happy and healthy! 

Love,
Cindy, Chuck and Harrison
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No news is good news!! So here is the no news!

Journal entry by Cindy Hurd — Jun 8, 2018

Hello to all of our wonderful friends and family!
I know that it has been too long since we have updated you...I guess we were just enjoying the stability of a good calm run!

Chuck has been doing well. 
Liver Cancer tumor marker holding steady at 2.8
Thyroid tumor cancer marker down 2 points from last month from 27 to 25!
We are grateful and taking each win humbly. 

May 23rd, Chuck did have a small hiccup; but being the "Eveready Bunny" that he is, (Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'...haha) I am able to report about the event in the past tense. It happened...

So back to the story: Chuck was not feeling that great; nauseous, short of breath and a few other sorted details over a 3-4 day period. We then went to his scheduled Chemo appointment at Eisenhower. They draw his bloodwork at each appointment. When we got the results, they noted that Chuck's hemoglobin was really low which pointed towards blood loss and that he needed a transfusion ASAP!!

We were directed to the Eisenhower Emergency and they were aware we were coming. We weren't sure where he was bleeding but they were sure it was upper G.I. Tract based on the symptoms.

Chuck's  Gastroenterologist was informed and arrived very quickly. He didn't waste any time and did an endoscopy and located Esophageal Varices in Chuck's esophagus that had ruptured. A procedure called "banding" was done in about 7 different spots. Some of the spots were banded as a precautionary measure towards future bleeding. 

Our Oncologist said that the human body contains approximately 5 liters of blood and Chuck had lost about 1.5 liters!

So after a night in the hospital for observation, the transfusion, banding and an extra bag of iron, Chuck was sent home to eat mush for the next two weeks while his esophagus healed. He compared the feeling to really bad heartburn and lumps in his throat!

Chuck is healing well and feeling almost back to "his normal" . He is anemic and his hemoglobin is still low but holding, so he will be doing IV treatments of iron for the next 8 weeks to help build his blood back up slowly.  

With all of this crazy stuff going on, luckily we have still been able to share in Harrison's important year end activities. Last week was his Art Show and a Silent Auction fundraiser at school and next week is his Theatre Performance, so stayed tuned as we will most likely be emailing out snippets of video in the near future of Harrison doing his thing!!! (not proud parents at all....lol)

Hope that this update finds everyone happy and healthy! 

Love,
Cindy, Chuck and Harrison
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It has been a long week for Chuck waiting on the results of the PET scan, but we did receive them yesterday when we went in for our scheduled appointment with our Dr. and Chuck's Chemo.

ALL GOOD NEWS!!!!!

Based on the blood work that Chuck did this week, and the PET scan visual results, we are moving in the right direction!

Thyroid Cancer: Tumor marker has begun to decline again! The last bloodwork that was taken one month ago showed his marker at 28. It is now 27!  Based on the scan, the tumors are 20% smaller than they were in August of last year!

Liver Cancer: This is just crazy exciting.....The Tumor marker for Chuck's Liver cancer is 3.8
One month ago, it was 11. 
7 months ago, it was 88,791.....
Thank you G-d!!!

The scan showed that the one primary tumor on the liver that was 6cm now measures at 2cm....1/3 the size........so happy!!

So with this news, we will keep doing what we are doing; we will be good patients (both of mind and body); we will stay optimistic; we will be strong; we will continue to ask for your support and prayers. 

We thank G-d and we thank all of you for being our sounding boards, our emotional counselors and our amazing support team! We have a road ahead of us still, but these reports give us the hope that we need to get through it all...

Wishing everyone the same good fortune that G-d is raining down on us....
Love to everyone,
Chuck and Cin
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So don't have the scan report back yet but… My AFP dropped again it's 3.7 which is in the normal range for my liver. Yes dropped again 3.7 it's normal anything below 6
So It's to be expected that there is no tumors
And there's been no change in my thyroid marker but it show that it's working efficiently and correctly and the other test function indicators are within normal with the exception of a tumor marker.
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