08/12/19

Update On My Husband’s Cancer Treatment – 08/12/19 – Moving Forward

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The last week or so has been a monumental shift for us in our fight for Garry’s life. For those of you new to his cancer updates, my husband was diagnosed last December with Stage IV colorectal cancer. We have been through a very rough series of radiation treatments, chemo, blood transfusions, and Garry almost passing away because of pain and deterioration.

Then his surgeon performed a colostomy and saved his life. Garry is just about his old self these days and his numbers are surprising the doctors even with on-going chemotherapy.

We were unable to get a definitive diagnosis from the doctors though on whether this was really curable or if he would be on chemo the rest of his life. I cornered the oncologist who said he did not think Garry was a candidate for cyberknife radiation to remove the tumor in his lung. That meant the surgeon would never remove the colorectal tumor and Garry would be on ongoing chemo indefinitely. But the doc did say Garry would live many more years that way.

That was until we got a new radiologist. Our old one got breast cancer, so now Dr. Mrackian enters the picture. He’s from Australia. He asked us questions we had never been asked before and compiled a complete timeline of Garry’s case. He was angry it had taken so long to do the colostomy and that this had not progressed faster. He also said Garry was a slam-dunk for cyberknife radiation. That changed everything because it now means this is curative… not just maintenance.

We told the doc we were on a tight deadline as we are moving back to Reno, NV at the end of September. He immediately got us appointments to get this going and done before we go. He also told us the colorectal tumor could be removed in four to seven months depending on a PET scan. When that surgery occurs, Garry will be down for two months.

With all we have been through and the medical costs decimating us, we feel blessed. My husband will beat this, we will be together and take over my son’s townhome in Reno. It’s amazing how good news can lift a weight from your heart and soul the way it did this week. And we are finally going home.

If you want to help Garry out, one of our daughters put up a GoFundMe page and we have already met our goal but it is being extended for additional costs – she increased it by six grand to help with final medical expenses and moving. You can donate here. You can also donate on PayPal. My email there is [email protected] or you can use the PayPal link on the upper right side of NoisyRoom.net to get there. If you would like to donate some other way, email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you instructions.

07/20/19

Update On My Husband’s Cancer Treatment – 07/20/19 – After First Surgery

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I apologize for this update being late. A lot has been going on since Garry has had his surgery. It went very well and in fact, I believe, saved his life. He’s almost his old normal self. He’s gained eleven pounds and has color again. His voice is back and he is up and around for most of the day. He’s been okayed to drive again as well.

They had to replace his chest port for chemo because it was not drawing blood. So, we went in and had that done. The other side that is not working will require angioplasty to unclog the vein since a fiber sheath has grown in there. It is a relatively minor procedure and we are waiting to hear on a schedule for it.

Chemo resumes on Monday. There should be three more treatments… one every two weeks. Then there will be a scan to see if the chemo has gotten rid of the node in his lung. So far, it hasn’t according to the last scan as far as I can tell. If it is not gone, cyberknife surgery will be done on the lung – that is a very targeted form of radiation. Then there will be the final surgery to remove Garry’s rectal tumor and close up below. God willing he will be in remission and this will be behind us.

If you want to help Garry out, one of our daughters put up a GoFundMe page and we have already met our goal but it is being extended for additional costs – she increased it by two grand to help with final medical expenses and moving. You can donate here. You can also donate on PayPal. My email there is [email protected] or you can use the PayPal link on the upper right side of NoisyRoom.net to get there. If you would like to donate some other way, email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you instructions.

It looks like all of our prayers are being answered so far. The costs are intense, so if you can contribute, we would be very grateful. As soon as the treatments are done, we are heading back west to Reno to live in my son’s townhome. I may even kiss the ground when we get there. 😉

Thank you to all of you… you all have been one of the biggest blessings of our lives. We could not get through this without you!

06/24/19

Update On My Husband’s Cancer Treatment – 06/24/19 – Surgery

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The time for Garry’s first surgery is now upon us. He will go in at 6 am tomorrow for a colostomy. The surgery should take three or four hours and he will be in the hospital for three to four days. Dr. Wilson is one of the best out there at this kind of surgery and he will operate on Garry first thing tomorrow.

Garry’s red and white blood cell counts are now normal. He has lost more than 70 pounds. His color is good, so is his appetite. His attitude is very good although he’s apprehensive about tomorrow. So am I but I know he will come through this just fine.

Since this was scheduled, a few things have come to light. First off, since the chemo was stopped, Garry has steadily improved. There is still tremendous pain in the bathroom but otherwise, the pain falls off quickly. He has also healed some.

The radiologist is now saying there may not be a CyberKnife surgery on his lung for the tumor. There is an excellent chance the chemo will have taken care of it but they won’t know until another scan is done after the final three chemo treatments. Those treatments will start on July 15th and there will be one every two weeks for six weeks. After that (and if the lung tumor is gone), there will be one final surgery to remove the rectal tumor and seal off below. Surprisingly, the radiologist is now saying the original PET scan was not definitive on the lung tumor. I’m confused but relieved.

We now estimate that we will move back to Nevada in September or October barring any other problems. My wound is now officially healed after six long months, so I am good to go. Our oldest daughter and son-in-law will help us move back.

If you want to help Garry out, one of our daughters put up a GoFundMe page and we have already met our goal – she increased it by two grand to help with final medical expenses and moving. You can donate here. You can also donate on PayPal. My email there is [email protected] or you can use the link on the upper right side of NoisyRoom.net to get there. If you would like to donate some other way, email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you instructions.

Prayers are always appreciated and please pass this along to others on social media. As you know, I was banned on Facebook for being the editor of Right Wing News so I can’t post this there. It would be greatly appreciated. I want to personally thank all those who have given and prayed for us. It means more than all of you know. You were all there for us in our hour of need and I don’t know how to thank all of you.

Garry is going to beat this. He will survive cancer and go on to live many more years by my side. My prayers are being answered and I feel blessed over all of this. Say a special prayer that the surgery goes easy and well tomorrow for Garry – I will be by his side as always.

UPDATE: Garry came through the surgery just fine and is recovering in the hospital. Should be home in a couple of days.

05/19/19

Just some stairs in a movie

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

This morning I was watching an old black and white movie, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, about a prizefighter, Joe Pendleton, attempting to fulfill his destiny as World Champion when he’s “mistakenly taken to Heaven before his time, and then is given a second chance back on Earth”; but that’s not what I wanted to write about.

No; but this movie had a scene set in the Farnsworth Mansion with his boxing trainer, Max “Pop” Corkle, leaving via a fancy entrance foyer with a set of marble stairs. In the movie, Joe Pendleton was temporarily ‘inhabiting’ Bruce Farnsworth’s body, getting it “in the pink” so he could continue toward becoming the World Champ in boxing; but Farnsworth got murdered which meant Joe Pendleton would have to ‘inhabit’ some other body to complete his destiny.  As mentioned, this isn’t what I wanted to write about; but some details are necessary to get there.

The marble stairs leading to the front door stirred a memory.  My mind was seeing two sets of stairs; the one in the movie and yet another, the image of a similar set of stairs from an old crime scene.  

I remember stepping over a dead man’s body from back when I was a rookie police officer dispatched to the scene of a real murder on Kirby Street in the fashionable River Oaks section of Houston.  As it turned out, that murder became quite a sensation as it involved high society.

“In 1972 (Sept. 24, 1972)  Dr. John Hill was ambushed and shot to death in his home. He was with his new wife, Connie, and his son, who were both left unharmed.”

“The story became a bestseller called Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson and later a TV movie called Murder in Texas, with Farrah Fawcett playing Joan Robinson.”

The senior police partner I rode with that evening assigned me to go to the house next door and stay with the young boy who had been taken in by neighbors upon hearing of the murder.  Just a guess on my part; but since I’d only been a police officer for about six months, he probably didn’t want me mucking up any evidence at the crime scene.

I really don’t remember much about the investigation that was taken over by the Homicide Division and eventually ended up in Criminal Court.  I do remember receiving a subpoena and going down to Records Division for a copy of the report to refresh my mind on details that I might need if I were asked to sit in the witness chair.

Turns out there was almost a book’s worth of printed police report the clerk handed me.  I really wasn’t a witness to much, if anything, that might indicate my need for being subpoenaed; but apparently, the District Attorney’s Office sent a subpoena to any officer whose name appeared in the original police report.

Watching an old movie did all that, just think what the mind is capable of remembering when it’s triggered by a simple image, a familiar fragrance or just about anything.  Isn’t life interesting…

12/26/18

About my absence…

For all of you out there that wondered what the heck happened to me over the last couple of weeks, I have answers. 😉

On Dec. 5th I went in to have a hysterectomy. It’s a common surgery and all looked well when I went home a day or so later. Unfortunately, I developed a secondary infection that was very serious. They nuked it with very strong antibiotics that in turn hurt my kidneys. I had to wait until that stabilized to go home.

I will be recovering for a few weeks, but I’m back. Thank you all for supporting me and being so kind.

Warm Regards,

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton