Hello Friends and Family,
There has not been an update since June of this past year because so much was going on and at the same time, nothing was going on. It gets a little busy at our house however, most of you are aware of his emergency room visits.
In July 2013 we found out that the melanoma spread to Eric’s brain. That hit us both like a brick although we trust the Lord, it is still hard to hear that. He had two metastatic tumors that spread to the brain. One in his left frontal lobe and the second deep in the center right side. That one was difficult to detect but they found it after a special brain MRI and they were able to radiate it. They found the first one after he had been vomiting for about 6 days and with a very bad headache. He had to start taking s, a steroid that reduces the swelling and takes the headaches away. He had some relief after his last radiation treatment on the brain but he still has a low-grade headache. We just did not want to keep sharing bad news and at the same time believing for him to be healed or at least some shrinkage of the cancer.
He has now gone 25 weeks since his last infusion of Yervoy and without chemo. He has had two scans, the second this past Thursday. Over the weekend, he had a terrible time with pain in his right hip. We weren’t sure if it was the cancer or the nerve damage from the chemo. He also had some pain in his left hip but that was short-lived but the right side kept giving him a lot of problems, sincere pain to where he could not walk to well at all. By the time Monday 6am came around, he needed stronger pain medication and he really could not walk. We then went into the emergency room to where they promptly took care of him. I love Kaiser and his ER doctor was awesome.
They were able to read the last scan from Thursday to which the doctor said, “You know how bad it is right?” We both said yes. He then proceeded to hand us the results and while I was reading, and crying, because of what I read, the doc said that Eric had some new growth on his right socket just above the femur. That with that cancer, it created a balsa wood effect where his bone had multiple fractures and his body weight was creating pressure on the bone which then caused the tremendous pain for him. But then we found that the cancer had spread to the liver and the pancreas. They are small tumors but we hated to see that. It was a devastating for me and I am sure Eric was not thrilled to hear it either.
This week they are prayerfully going to radiate the bone to try to releave some of his pain or at least start the process. We go to Los Angeles tomorrow to visit the doctor who will work on his hip with radiation. Next week they are going to start him on the chemo, Zolberoff which might help him and what we are praying for.
Please continue to pray for us and our family. We love the Lord and trust in His faithfulness and we know this suffering is not in vain. We are both able to comfort others as we have walked through this.
The verse that I continue to stand with is Psalm 94:19, “In the multitude of my anxieties, Your comforts delight my soul.”