If I had a word to describe my dad, it would be just that.
If you met him on the street, you would think he is a normal guy in his late 50’s. You would not have a clue that he has been dealing with a Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage 4 brain tumor.
Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, one of the most aggressive forms of cancer the body can have. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of people we’ve known, or that friends of ours have known carrying this same tumor over the past 2 years.
Unfortunately for many, passing away in a short period of time.
Since beginning this journey, I’ve had countless people approach me asking what my dad is doing. I’ll tell you, it is very simple. A little thing called Protocel.
Over the coming weeks and months I will begin adding more and more information on this topic to this blog.
We firmly believe that this liquid supplement has done wonders to going from being on the brink of death, to being one of the healthiest guys his age that I know.
As I stated, I will go further into this topic over the coming weeks, but for now, let’s get to the juicy details!
Latest MRI Results
The Results are in! Back on May 16th, dad went in for yet another MRI. We got the results back from the doc on Tuesday.
The tumor is yet again stable, showing no signs of change or growth.
But that’s not all…
Dad is still not on chemo. He has not been on chemo for approximately 1 full year, and there are no plans to go back on it.
Let me explain why this is a huge deal.
Typical patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage 4 brain cancer have a limited lifespan (typically 2 years or less). For those that live beyond 2 years, they do so by going on and off chemo constantly for the rest of their life.
Let me repeat, they stay on chemo for the rest of their life.
Dad has not been on chemo in over a year. Heck, his life expectancy was a 49% chance to make it to 2 years, as long as he stayed on chemo.
Even worse, his chances of making it to 5 years were at 2% when we were first given the news of his prognosis!
Some might call him a fluke, or the 1-in-a-million.
I believe we owe our good fortune to Protocel (and all of the love, support, and positive vibes from our friends and family).
Further evidence that he is doing something right…
Typically, in this situation some professionals might say that his prognosis was incorrect.
That maybe he actually has a Stage 3 tumor.
That is not the case.
When dad had his tumor removed, they did a biopsy on this tumor.
The results were crystal clear. Dad has a Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor.
What are the plans now?
The doc was hesitant to let dad go 6 months until the next MRI like he had previously stated. Ultimately he is in a gray area with my dad and wants to continue proceeding with caution.
That is fine by us.
In just under 3 months (August 2016), dad will get another MRI.
This time, results will come in by phone. Cool. Works for us.
Happy 2 Year Anniversary
Back on April 21st, 2016, dad hit the 2 year anniversary of that dreadful day we were delivered with the bad news.
Looking from then to now, a lot has changed.
Many of us thought he’d be dead by now (me especially), but that all changed a few months after the fact.
Either way, dad is thriving at this thing called life.
He is unbelievable!
WELCOME to the new blog about Jay and his cancer journey.
I am going to use this site to continue telling his story, but to also share the details behind what dad has been doing to defy the odds.
The hope is for this blog to become a sounding board and go to resource for those who are experiencing, or know of someone who is experiencing this thing called cancer.
From this situation I have read a lot, learned a lot, and experienced a lot that I can offer back to others.
Please help support us in this endeavor!
Until next time….
#ThinkPositive #EnjoyTheMoment #KickCancer