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Persistence: Mike needs us now

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Raised by 283 people in 17 months
Created January 7, 2018
Hello Beautiful People—

Reaching out here with an update on Mike and a short but urgent plea for whatever support you can throw behind Mike right now.  I didn’t think I was going to write a reflection on life’s lessons, but it’s really the best I can do to make sense of this all.  Because one of the many things I have learned from Mike is to always strive to be your best self no matter what life throws your way.  In a honey badger-HTFU-drink your own urine sort of way.  

Mike may argue differently, but this cancer thing has been a test like no other.  Because this cancer is moving faster than Mike’s body and blasts of the best treatment have been able to handle.  And so he’s pushing ahead on an uphill battle because there is more living to do and more moments to share.  No matter how this all plays out, Mike goes uncontested as an amazing soul.  What he and his family needs now is some help in taking the edge off, to take away some of the pain and the worry.  One of the most stressful parts for Mike has been all of the back and forth to Boston, the added expenses and the fatigue on he and his family—it’s a struggle.  What helps a lot are all of the gestures that help them to catch their breath, get a small break, to find some space to embrace what this crazy beautiful life has thrown our way.

Mike feels the love—his family feels the love, and the degree to which they are deeply touched by it all exceeds words.  Anything you can do to support Mike as he climbs onward is so appreciated.

With profound gratitude for all the love, 

Dana (always Mikey’s little sister and biggest fan, family rep, International Dork Association co-founder and honey badger in training)
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Hello Beautiful People—

Reaching out here with an update on Mike and a short but urgent plea for whatever support you can throw behind Mike right now. I didn’t think I was going to write a reflection on life’s lessons, but it’s really the best I can do to make sense of this all. Because one of the many things I have learned from Mike is to always strive to be your best self no matter what life throws your way. In a honey badger-HTFU-drink your own urine sort of way.

Mike may argue differently, but this cancer thing has been a test like no other. Because this cancer is moving faster than Mike’s body and blasts of the best treatment have been able to handle. And so he’s pushing ahead on an uphill battle because there is more living to do and more moments to share. No matter how this all plays out, Mike goes uncontested as an amazing soul. What he and his family needs now is some help in taking the edge off, to take away some of the pain and the worry. One of the most stressful parts for Mike has been all of the back and forth to Boston, the added expenses and the fatigue on he and his family—it’s a struggle. What helps a lot are all of the gestures that help them to catch their breath, get a small break, to find some space to embrace what this crazy beautiful life has thrown our way.

Mike feels the love—his family feels the love, and the degree to which they are deeply touched by it all exceeds words. Anything you can do to support Mike as he climbs onward is so appreciated.

With profound gratitude for all the love,

Dana (always Mikey’s little sister and biggest fan, family rep, International Dork Association co-founder and honey badger in training)
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Hi everyone,

Things are getting harder in this crazy cancer journey. Mike is 16 rounds into his radiation treatment, with 19 more to go, and each day is going to be more and more challenging. Radiation fatigue is coming on, and will increase a lot more with each additional round. He is getting radiation to his head and to his neck, which is an extra precaution even though there were no signs of cancer in his neck, but in case it was there at the microscopic level. He has pain and sores and fried taste buds, so his appetite is being challenged too. All in all, Mike’s doctors are pleased with the progress and how well he’s holding up, and his bloodwork and other labs look good. He is trying hard to keep his stamina up walking as much as he can. Strong like bull.

Mike and Karen made their final trip back to Burlington this weekend just to be home and to pick up another dose of love before hunkering down in Boston for the rest of Mike’s radiation treatment through early April. Please send any energy you can Mike’s way right now to push him through the finish line of treatment.

Thank you all so much for your countless ways of support!

With profound gratitude,
Dana (Mikey's sister)
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Hello everyone!

It has been a few weeks since my last update on Mike—as his treatment becomes more grueling, it gets harder to watch from the sidelines feeling so helpless and watching him endure what he needs to to get through this. In Stage IV of a cancer so rare, it’s hard to know the best course of treatment and what will happen on the other side of radiation for the next seven weeks. He is so lucky to have some of the best cancer doctors around doing their best to figure this out. He is lucky to have been strong and healthy going into this ordeal. He is lucky to have so much love all around him. And the news on his treatment so far has been positive.

But the slog continues, and with each day likely to become more challenging, Mike perseveres, with incredible resolve, humor and grace. NOW is a great time to throw some love to Mike and to Karen, as their endurance is being tested, as their finances are thinning down, as there are still many more miles to walk—NOW is a great moment to keep the cheers from the sidelines in whatever way you can.

For those of you that want to read about Mike’s perspective on what he is going through, I encourage you to sign up for his Lotsa Helping Hands site, which you can access here:
https://mycancercircle.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/739707/?utm_source=system-gen-6&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=engagement&utm_content=mycancercircle

Prepare to be incredibly inspired.

With love and gratitude for all of your amazing support.
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Now nearly seven weeks and three rounds of chemo later, there is some good news to report this week. Mike had an MRI this week to start preparing for radiation, and it shows that there has been a STRONG response to chemo treatment so far, with very substantial shrinkage of the tumor. The chemo isn’t the cure, but shrinking down the tumor as much as possible helps pave the way for the radiation to work better.

To add to the good news, after a tough battle with insurance, it looks like Mike will be able to proceed with proton beam therapy, which is not only the best tool for the job, but will minimize the risks of the many damaging side effects of intensive radiation to his head and vision. Mike is heading back to Boston on February 15th for seven weeks of radiation. The journey has been grueling, and will get harder in the coming weeks. But Mike’s perseverance and spirit are strong, no doubt because of the promising news and the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many people. It truly takes a village to weather such a challenging ordeal—thank you all so much for buoying Mike and his family through such difficult times. It means the world to them.

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