May. 11, 2017

Final PRRT Treatment Complete!

My dad has been a busy man for the last 1-2 weeks. Last week, Brad, Scott and my dad went to the Grand Canyon for a guys trip. Supposedly they walked 25 miles over the course of a few days. I have not seen their FitBit steps to prove this but I guess I will believe them. They got to see many waterfalls including Havasu. On Sunday, May 7th, it was time to leave and go home. They expected to take a helicopter out but because of gusty winds they decided it was time to ‘man-up’ and hike their way out. My dad claims it was 10 miles, all uphill, very rocky, against the sun and wind but against all odds they made it out in only 5 hours! Oh! And all 3 of them were carrying 50lbs of camping gear on their backs too. Dad, didn’t you say it began to blizzard too? 😊

He walked out of the Grand Canyon on his 2nd year anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer and 1 year after having the Whipple. If that isn’t giving cancer the finger I don’t know what is.

The following day, Monday May 8th, my headed went to Houston for his final PRRT treatment! As always, they scanned my dad and measured two tumors they have been tracking since the beginning of his treatment. In November, before his 1st PRRT treatment, two of his tumors measured 2.5cm and now after 3 treatments those same two tumors are measuring 1.3cm. That is almost a 50% reduction!! These results are not typical..at all. This is what doctors, scientists, and patients hope to hear but rarely ever do. So my dad has done it again! He has shown us that he is one of a kind and that God is helping him through this journey.

He is heading back home today to relax and limit proximity to friends and family because he still has a lot of radiation in him.

My dad will get a gallium scan in about 6-8 weeks to see (in HD) how the treatment effected the rest of his tumors and not just those two. The research shows that people that did PRRT remain stable for 3 years after when only doing the monthly injections. Stabile in the cancer world means little growth.
This is not the end of the story. My mom has already found what will be coming next. She communicates with people in Europe and other countries to get information and experiences on other treatments that are out there that we may not know about yet. She has mentioned a pill treatment next that has shown great results so we will see if that is next. My mom is on top of all of it! She clearly loves him very much and wants him around. Thanks mom!

Thank you for all your continued support, love and prayers! It is obviously working! Two years ago, we were told he only had 3 to 6 months to live. Worst moment of my entire life! He has just hit 2 years and going strong. My dad has accepted that he will have cancer for the rest of his life (I am still hoping for a cure) and has a very good attitude. He may not feel good everyday but he perseveres. His caring heart and love for his family shows every second of every day. He is truly an amazing man!
As for his next adventure, he was talking about a Mt. Everest trip….