Let's SHRINK Travis' Brain Cancer!
We got married on Thanksgiving and are fighting melanoma that has spread to Travis' brain. After two full rounds of complete brain radiation, we are now trying Cannabis Oil, and supplements and an alkaline diet to shrink the tumors and buy ourselves as much time as possible as we begin our little miracle of a marriage.
I have excellent health insurance as a school teacher but, unfortunately, none of the 90 day regimen will be covered.
Our beloved friends and family have asked how they can help. So we have taken your advice and are using gofundme to offset the cost of treatment.
Even $5 or $10 could really make a difference if lots of you contributed. Please join our cause and FIGHT against this horrible disease and our HOPE to have more time togther!
This ancient plant is being rediscovered in new and exciting ways that could change the face of cancer for us all!
Our Love Story: A Brief History
Travis and I went to the same college, Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, Ca. I thought he was very cute and my roommate and I had a secret crush. We remet on Facebook in 2010, and even though he didn't remember me (despite my producing a picture of us together!) we hit it off and started a conversation that has lasted to this day. :)
We dated for 3 1/2 years before planning to go our separate ways in October of 2013, mostly because of outside circumstances, but even though he was my "ex" boyfriend, we spoke, messaged or texted almost daily and even said, "I love you" now and then. It was in October of last year, as he prepared to move back to Oregon, that he had one of several heart-attacks on my couch.
He was hospitalized on October 8th after the largest of them, and had a stent put in surgically to help with the blockage. It was then that his doctor looked at the angry mole that had been on his back for sometime.
It was melanoma. Last month (November 2014), my now ex-boyfriend went back for his four month PET scan on the day before his 47th birthday, and found the cancer that had been removed, along with several lymph nodes and then radiated on his side, and that had been ALL CLEAR at 3 months, was now back and in his brain. He had at least eight tumors with three that were quite large.
Six days later he went by ambulance to the hospital as one of the tumors began to bleed and they gave him hours to live. I drove all night from California to Oregon to say good bye, if I could make it in time...AND HE SURVIVED.
He started to wake up and in three days time he was taken off palliative care, then off hospice and then sent home to start two rounds of full brain radiation, all shocking to the doctors and his family and me!
I seemed unable to leave his side and through small and huge miracles we were given at first moments, and then hours, where I was able to say all the things I had hoped to on my 10 hour drive in the middle of the night.
You can imagine our shock and joy when Dr. Cook, the hospice doctor, reversed decisions and GIFTED us with the possibility of weeks or even months more by sending him home to begin radiation!
Four days after coming home from the hospital he proposed to me and we got married on Thanksgiving!
Today, December 21st, 2014, he arrived in California, and we begin not only our married life together, but a 90 regimen of Cannabis Oil to try and buy us even more time in our unlikely love story.
I will continue to add posts of our journey, but THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and helping in any way you can!
With HOPE and LOVE and JOY,
Lisa and Travis
Travis has slipped into a coma after a pretty quick decline since his birthday last Thursday. Hospice thinks it will be in the next few of days when he leaves this life for what I Hope is a gentle and peaceful new existence.
Prayers and positive thoughts that this last chapter will be quick and that comfort and peace will surround him and all who love him.
As Travis and I have come to know so well, you are thinking of us and keeping us in your prayers constantly and wondering how Travis is doing. We are so grateful. Here's the latest:
It's been over two weeks since Travis has moved from the hospital to an assisted living home off Olivet rd. called Oak Tree Ranch.
He is doing really well. He is the youngest resident and I think he likes being helpful and kind to the other four or five folks that live there. He told me yesterday that the woman he'd been helping walk around was actually a man and he felt really bad about that. I told him I thought he was a she too, so don't worry about it.
His only frustrations are when his meds are given late, he is convinced if he doesn't get the steroid on time he will have another seizure and die. I've used my teacher voice on this one and I think they now are clear. He also thinks someone is secretly using his "private" bath, but he can't prove it. He's set a trap and is hoping to catch the culprit. ;)
He has use of his thumb and index finger on his right hand and most days can communicate affectively enough to have a conversation and get his needs met. A hospice nurse named Alia comes in once a week to check his vitals and he continues to have no pain. For that we are soooo thankful. I go and see him before school and after school each day for a visit and to give him Cannabis Oil and Serrapeptase. He seems to struggle keeping times and dates straight. I leave notes each day so he knows the date and the times when I will return. He's come home and spent the last two weekends with me and every time I take him back I feel a little lost and heart broken and miss him terribly, but know that he's safer where he's at. He never complains.
Yesterday he thought Star Wars was in five days, not five weeks and was pretty crestfallen. I've started a count down calendar for him. He's afraid he won't make it which feels like a lightsaber has been stuffed into my soul.
<blubbering has commenced...pause for kleenex retrieval and snot mopping...>
Tomorrow is his 48th birthday. He will be coming home for a dinner with his parents and sister who are driving from Oregon today to spend a few days with him. It may be overwhelming to have you all call, or text him, but perhaps you could post something fun, uplighting or kind on his wall on Facebook and I'll have him look at it, if not tomorrow, over the weekend.
I haven't heard from medical, so I'm hoping Kaiser will continue to pay for Travis to stay where he's at and trying not to worry about the rest since it's out of my control.
Thank you for your prayers and positivity and ongoing financial and emotional support. Join me in tapping into the Force for another five weeks. ;)
He is worried about being moved to a skilled nursing facility once medical kicks in, so I'm hoping (for once) that the bureaucracy moves more slowly than normal. This facility cost over 50% less than skilled nursing, but medical won't pay for it. Go figure. I am still considering cashing out my retirement if it means he is happy and comfortable and safe where he's at, but he hates that idea. He keeps talking about selling everything he owns to get me $10,000 to cremate him, and use the ashes to turn him into two trees (one for me and one for his sweet mom) and send me on vacation. (Oh the things you talk about when death is in the room! Ugh!)
His hand continues to be paralyzed, but the strength in the rest of his body has returned like gangbusters. He went to lunch and to Target with one of his dear friends, Traci yesterday and came home with a stuffed minion and a foot tall, storm trooper and a smile and walked unassisted the entire time and ate a huge slab of salmon, fries and shared what sounded like the cookie-ice cream sundae from heaven!
So we take it a day at a time looking forward to our next goal which is to arrive safely at December 16th where we can go to to Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens!
Prayers and White Light and cold hard cash still needed for the following:
1. Cannabis Oil
2. Improved verbal skills
3. Ability to stay at his current location
4. Peace of mind, body and soul
5. Ability to stay positive and in the moment.
Thank you friends and family for your ongoing, uplifting and generous support.
His fingers on his right hand are still paralyzed, but he can move his wrist. He is eating and drinking and using the rest room on his own and walking quite a bit around the hospital.
Today I met with the social workers Brian (Willowside grad) and Bill (Cove church member) and they have gotten the Kaiser brass to agree to pay for him to move to a care facility WITHOUT Medical in place and Kaiser will pay the bill.
This would allow for Travis to come home with me when I'm not working and have a lot more freedom at the facility. I will be given tours of each place and be able to chose what would be best for us. I have a few nursing friends as well as my niece who have provided me with a list, and I will be contacting them again when I am given the options. I will also have the right to say no to all of them and they could keep him here at Kaiser's hospital until there is room somewhere else.
There is a possibility that once Medical is in place they will want to move him again, but Brian is hopeful that won't be the case.
I cried with relief as Travis doesn't want to be here anymore, and I would love for him to be able to come home or go to a movie or hang out at my parents on Sundays and still know he's safe when I'm at work and while I'm sleeping.
Travis said to Brian, "I know I'm dying, but it's just taking a long time." Brian said, "You have a lot of love and strength still in that body of yours and you should hang on as long as you choose to. You may make it to the Star Wars premiere yet!"
I know how many of you are equally worried about me.
This was one of the hardest weeks I've ever experienced with the death of Helena's brother and watching Cade try and be a comfort to her (I'm so proud of him and so heart-broken for Helena's family). We also had a loss from our Pacific Christian College family with death of a classmate who was kind of my hero as a progressive Christian. Reading all the ways he made a difference in this life made me proud and sad. I feel sick for these families who have had their precious ones ripped from them in vehicle accidents without the ability to say goodbye. Cancer may be death by inches, but the gift is the time you have to say the things you want.
I'll let you know more when I have more information. Thank you for all your prayers, positivity and encouragement.
Peace and loving thoughts for this last journey. God be with you.
This journey of yours is a lesson of strengh and unconditional love. You are in my prayers and the only way I can visualize this process is with the hope the total recovery will happen. You are fighting the "good fight". God be with you.