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Josh and Jess' Cancer Fight

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There are no words to describe the gut wrenching feeling of a doctor telling you that your husband needs to come into the hospital right now because what they found on the MRI of his brain that he had earlier that morning is concerning. That’s how it all started... and then we went on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

After a short two days in the hospital we went from it being fluid in his brain... to it being a brain tumor and he was scheduled for brain surgery the next day. 

The tumor was tested and was recurrent osteosarcoma.  The surgeon was able to remove all of the tumor with no evidence of disease left... great news! Josh will still need to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. 

For each chemotherapy treatment Josh and I will have to go into the hopsital for 5 days. The infusion will be administered continuously for those 5 days and then we will go home for a week and go back in the next week for another round. Josh will have 8 treatments of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. 

We would be very appreciative of any donation that you can give. It will go towards our hospital and medical bills.
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Hello Again!

I just finished my 2nd round of chemotherapy on Wednesday, and have been resting at home for the past 2 days. Luckily this time around I have been put on some new meds that helped significantly with the vomiting. I am still quite weak and tired from the treatment, but today feeling well enough to write a quick update.

We had some good news while I was in the hospital. It looks like the treatment plan for proton beam radiation has been approved through my insurance, since the tumors are located in the brain. I go into Mayo Clinic on Monday to start a full day of tests/scans/appointments to get my whole treatment rolling. It will probably take about another week or two before I will be able to start the therapy while they get everything set up for me. I am very happy that this was able to be approved, and quickly!

I am looking forward to a few weeks off from chemo again! Especially because my sister Ashley is going to be having her baby soon! Very exciting! :)

As always, thank you all for your prayers, support and constant love. I hope to be sending more future positive updates like this one in the near future!'

We love you all!!!
-Josh and Jess
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Hello Again, Josh here with another update:
Yesterday Jess and I went into Mayo Clinic to see what they may have to offer for radiation therapy. We met with an oncologist who was very nice and basically told us the current treatment we are on is the most effective for my situation right now, since I am most likely maxed out on the dose of my previous chemo treatment. He did say he wanted to send my tumor out to a lab to get it tested for any genetic mutations, which may result in being able to try a clinical trial, or possibly a new/different drug.

After we met with the oncologist, we met with the radiologist, which was the main reason we went really. He told us that the Proton Beam radiation would definitely be more effective, he just wasnt sure exactly how much more. He was thinking maybe somewhere in the range of 10%, but wasn't positive. The main bonus for this type of radiation is it can be much more accurate and cause less radiation to the surrounding parts of the cancer. So, as of right now we are going to go that route, as long as the insurance company approves us (and in a timely manner, otherwise we may have to do the regular radiation route). That is one thing that can be very frustrating... insurance companies. They seem like to slow down the treatment process... but I will not go down that road lol.

We did meet back with Dr. Kalmadi today. He agreed that we should do the Proton Beam radiation, and also will be re-admitting me into the hospital tonight or tomorrow for another 5 days. In a way I am ready to get back on with my treatment, but on the other hand I know what the next week or so entails... so it is bitter sweet.

I want to thank everyone who has been sending letters, donations and their prayers/support to us. It is really inspiring to us and we cant thank you all enough!

I will be "checked out" for a bit, so I will update once I am feeling better and have any new info on the radiation or treatment. Thanks again everyone, and we love you so much!!

Much Love,
Josh and Jess
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Well... Here is another update:

Last week I had an MRI of the brain to be used for my radiation mapping. When I met with my oncologist a few days later, they found some new "growths" in the area where my cancer had been. They weren't sure if it was maybe scar tissue, blood pooling, or possibly the cancer growing back.... Turns out that the cancer has started to grow back already.

There are two areas that the cancer is growing back. One area could be removed pretty easily via surgery, but the second tumor in the back area will not be able to be operated on. So, as of right now, we are working on a new game plan.

Dr. Kalmadi recommended I go to Mayo Clinic this week to meet with one of their oncologists, and a radiologist. He said they have a new type of radiation called Photon Radiation (I think that is what is called). So we are trying to get an appointment there ASAP, hopefully this week. Once we meet with those doctors, we will circle back with Dr. Kalmadi to go from there. If the doctors decide that the regular radiation at my normal oncologists office will be similar, then we will probably just continue with that.

As for now, my chemo is on hold until we hear about the radiation. Dr. Kalmadi recommended we continue the same regimen for at least 3 cycles before we can tell whether or not it is working.

This is definitely not the news we were wanting to hear, but we are hopeful that this new treatment will work. Thank you all for your support and prayers. We can use all we can get right now!

We will keep everyone updated as we find out more info.

Much Love,
Josh and Jess
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Another quick update...

Hello Everyone!

I had another appointment with my oncologist this past Thursday. I found out that I will be going back into the hospital this coming Thursday for another 5 day chemo infusion, and I will also be starting radiation treatment that same day. I believe radiation is going to be either 4 or 6 weeks, M-F.

I also had an MRI last week, and my oncologist noticed there were 2 areas in my brain that looked to be irregular. He wasn't quite sure what it is, but thinks it could be scar tissue or maybe blood pooling. I still havent heard any updates on it, but he is going to check with the surgeon who operated.

Other than that, everything is going to continue according to plan. chemo every 3 weeks, and radiation. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.

Much Love,
Josh and Jess
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