Torrey Chadwick

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Raised by 28 people in 6 months
Created May 28, 2018
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In April, Torrey Chadwick noticed a swollen lymph node and went to his doctor to have it checked out.  After many tests, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, which had spread to his lymph nodes.  Torrey is only 44 years old.   They advised him it’s highly unusual for someone his age to be diagnosed with this type of cancer. 
 
His cancer team suggested a treatment plan of chemo to shrink the tumor, followed by surgery at a later date. He started a regimen of chemo pills and chemo through IV every 2 weeks. A few days after his second IV treatment, on May 9th, he fainted 3 times and ended up being taken by ambulance to St Al’s ER.  They admitted him to the cancer unit the next day.  Torrey is still at St Al’s.  Initially, he had severe dehydration and low blood pressure.   They provided him fluids and his blood pressure came to normal levels.  He was going to be discharged a few days later, but then his heart rate increased to alarming levels.  They couldn’t find a cause.  He was moved to telemetry.  They said everything looked ok, but he was moved again to ICU due to possible risk of seizures from low sodium levels.  He was also put on antibiotics for an infection.  After a few days, Torrey was moved back to the cancer ward.  His first night out of ICU, he coded and had to have CPR to bring him back, putting him back in ICU.  
 
Torrey is now back in the cancer ward and is slowly getting better.  His heart rate and blood pressure have started to lower.  His appetite is improving and he is working with physical therapy to get his strength back.   The nutritionist told him today that if he eats well on his own, they will stop his nutrition through the IV. 
 
The doctors have determined that the cancer pills he was taking caused a severe side effect in Torrey.   His body was unable to metabolize the chemo pills due to a gene mutation or missing enzyme in his liver.   He now has extreme colitis from the chemo pills.   
 
Once Torrey is out of the hospital, he will have to look at what options are available for treating his cancer.   Torrey has worked at Winco for the past 26 years.  It is not known when he will be able to return to work.   
 
I have created this Go Fund Me page in the hopes it will help Torrey focus on his recovery, but still be able to cover some of his medical expenses and lost wages.  Any amount, no matter how small, will help.    

Torrey has been a part of my family for the last 5 years.  He is one of the most kind, generous and optimistic people I know.  He has brought such joy to my sister that I have not seen in a long time.   He is not only a father to a beautiful 14-year girl but he has also become a father figure to my nieces. 
 
Torrey and Heather are appreciative of the visitors, prayers, support and kind words expressed by so many. It has given them strength as they begin what will be a long process as they explore the best medical options available.
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Torrey has spent the last 2 weeks at home, recovering from his hospitalization. Last Friday, he had 3 scans - One for his brain, one for his heart and the other for his chest and pelvic area.

This is the update I received from Heather this morning:
Torrey's brain and heart scan had no issues. His heart rate is still high so they are increasing his dosage on his heart meds to bring his heart rate down. If the heart is stressed for a long time it isn’t good.

The last scan showed that the tumor has shrunk but the tumors in his lungs have grown a bit. His tumor markers are down significantly which is so good. So overall very good news. Especially since he hasn’t had chemo in a month.

He is doing an IV treatment right now and he should be done by noon.

They are very concerned and want to make sure he doesn’t have any more issues. So they are starting the chemo at 50% and will see how he tolerates it.
They are going to call him Friday to see if he needs to come in for an IV treatment. He won’t have a treatment next week but he will see the dr again just to check his blood work and see how he is doing.

Once again, thank you for all of your support for Torrey, Heather and the girls. Many coworkers have also donated vacation time which has been a huge relief. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and support.
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Torrey saw his oncologist on Monday. She advised him to take a week off from any chemo to let his body heal some more. His goal is to eat good this week and see her next week to discuss treatment options.

Thank you for all of your kind words of support, sharing of this page, and donations received so far.
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Happy News!!!! Torrey was released from the hospital today and is now home. My sister, Heather, took the day off to take him home and spend a quiet day at home, away from IV's, machines and hospital food. She has been by his side during most of his hospital stay, often spending the night . She has been an angel for Torrey during all of this (his words).

Torrey will need to use a walker and will also require some home health care to help him build up his strength. He has a follow up appointment with his oncologist this Monday to figure out a new plan to beat his cancer.

Once again, thank you all so much for your kind words of support and donations to this gofundme page. Please continue to share this page. The goal amount will help cover his lost wages since we are unsure when he will be able to return to work.

His Winco family of 26 years has been amazing and he appreciates all of you.
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Today marks the 3rd week Torrey has been in the hospital.

Torrey's blood pressure and heart rate are now at normal levels. He is eating well and working with physical therapy to get his strength back. If all continues well, he is expected to be released by the end of the week.

His cancer doctor wants to see him Monday afternoon, so the goal is to make it to that appointment.

Torrey and Heather are thankful for the support and all of the shares this gofundme page has on Facebook. Please continue to share. Any donation, no matter how small, helps.


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