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Nick Oprish

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A few weeks ago Nick was diagnosed with liver cancer.  Nick went into the ER with severe stomach pains which led to tests, hospital stays, procedures and scans that detected 3 tumors. Just to go back a little bit, when Nick was 18 he was diagnosed with a cryptogenic cirrhosis, basically a form of liver cirrhosis that they can't tie reasoning to as this wasn’t due to hepatitis or alcohol use. He was getting a physical to play hockey when they discovered his spleen was enlarged and this is what led to his diagnosis. Aside from regular blood work and checkups, Nick's condition has been very simple to manage; he put it on the back burner for years and tried to just live his life.

Now, to get you up to speed on where things are currently. Two weeks ago when Nick was diagnosed with cancer he started testing and care at the University of Minnesota, where Nick has been in the care of liver specialists for years. After receiving his cancer diagnosis he met with GI/Liver Specialists and Oncologists in an effort to see what options he would have for treatment. Now, in a perfect world, Nick would be eligible for a liver transplant here in the US, but unfortunately he is not because of the sizes of his tumors; they are covering over 50% of his liver.  He also learned that surgery, radiation and chemotherapy would not be options to him as his liver is too damaged from the cirrhosis to be able to handle those treatments. They talked to him about one option, immunotherapy, that Nick could try with caution as they told him it may cause more harm than benefit.  Initially it was quite discouraging.

Nick went down to the Mayo in Rochester, MN on Tuesday, May 14th to meet with a GI Specialist/Hepatologist for a second opinion. They, too, agreed that Nick's liver could not handle surgery, radiation or chemotherapy at this point. They felt that the immunotherapy would at least be worth a shot, though. But they also opened up a new path of hope for him: a possible transplant in Canada.  What he learned is that the US has very different guidelines for eligibility of a transplant than Canada does. The University of Toronto is a very well respected institution that is willing to do more “high risk” transplants; the prerequisites being that (1) the patient needs to be fairly asymptomatic and in otherwise good health and (2) the tumors need to fit within a certain criteria, mainly with regard to their aggression of growth.  Nick is awaiting the results of a biopsy to determine next steps.

In the midst of all of this darkness, Nick continues to have love and support from his amazing family and friends. As Nick said the other night, “I don’t cry anymore out of fear and sadness, I cry out of gratitude for the people around us”.

Nick is an amazing friend, husband, father and person!  He needs our prayers and continued support as he fights this battle.  The road to recovery is going to be long.  The Oprish family needs our help to ensure Nick can focus on the task at hand.  There are various ways to support Nick and his family, a gofundme page, a golf tourney on Monday, July 15th and a meal train that was created to organize meals and cleaning services for their family.  Missi, Nick's wife, will continue to update his progress on her website https://nourishedpeach.com/

Thank you for your continued love and support for our friend!
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