11/1/19

Update On My Husband’s Cancer Treatment – 11/01/19 – Happy Bday To My Hubby!

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Garry’s birthday is today. We are thankful for all of you and you have made this birthday especially memorable for my husband and for myself.

We are still downsizing but the new place is great and we are quite happy here.

Garry likes the oncologist he has now who is Indian. We’ve now had one American doctor, one from Australia, one from Lebanon, one from Vietnam and one from India.

He has to get a ton of labs done. Then they want to cut back on the chemo. They prefer he goes with oral chemo as opposed to a pump. The doctor says that to run full tilt at it will wreck Garry’s body and cause neuropathy which it has. His feet are numb all the time. He says that if they go full bore all the time if something resurfaces the chemo won’t work. Makes sense.

In three months Garry will have a CAT scan and a PET scan to make sure the lung tumor is gone and the rectal tumor is dead. This doc says that the surgery to remove the rectal tumor may not be the way to go. It does not improve things and is a monstrous surgery that is dangerous and would put him down for two months or longer. It also has a high failure rate.

All of that sounds good and right to me, the only thing that gave me pause is he will not call this curative as the Tulsa docs did because it is stage IV and has metastasized. But Garry can go into full remission and will just have to be checked frequently to make sure it does not come back.

Right now he feels good and is doing well. On his birthday that is more than he asked for and a real blessing.

If you want to help Garry out, you can give at GoFundMe. 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.

We have been up to Lake Tahoe to go on short walks and take pictures and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In Washoe Valley and in Genoa on any given day we can see hundreds of deer. Wild horses roam the countryside here. The people are friendly and amazing.

Living in a place you love truly puts all things in perspective. To get where we are now we had to just turn it all over to God and that’s what we are still doing and will continue doing. We’ve lost so much but have gained so much in return. Thank you to each and every one of you!!!

10/16/19

Update On My Husband’s Cancer Treatment – 10/16/19 – Settling In

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Well, we made it to Reno and now we begin the long task of unpacking and settling in. It feels great to be home and Garry loves being back here.

Garry has seen his new general practitioner who says he is doing pretty well considering. We are still waiting on the records to be transferred from Tulsa. We signed a release before we left but it still got tangled in red tape. Garry cannot start chemo again until the records are here. The oncologists in Tulsa swear they should be here by tomorrow, we will see. We have a team of oncologists here just waiting to get started.

Garry had a bit of a relapse on the trip. It was hard on him but he’s now beginning to bounce back since I have him on supplements again. We will also need to get him a PET scan to see if the cyberknife procedure took care of the lung tumor. Then we wait a few months and have the final surgery. Garry will need to stay on chemo until then to keep the cancer at bay.

I am positive there will be a full recovery here but this has taken its toll on my husband. He’s aged quite a bit during all this and it breaks my heart. But he will be with me for a long time and we feel blessed.

The trip was even more expensive than we thought and we still have mounting medical bills. If you want to help Garry out, you can give at GoFundMe. 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.

I can’t explain it but we feel much freer being back in Reno. We can see the mountains and deer again. The air and water are clean as well. Things aren’t perfect… that applies anywhere you go. But this is home for us and we practically kissed the ground once we got here. Thank you to all of you who have helped financially and who keep us in your prayers. We could not do this without you and you have literally helped save my husband’s life.

09/15/19

Update On My Husband’s Cancer Treatment – 09/15/19 – Going Home

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Last week, Garry had his first cyberknife procedure. He will have another on Tuesday and the last on Thursday. So far, there are no side effects at all and we expect this will eradicate the lung tumor entirely. Tomorrow, Garry starts his last chemo treatment here in Oklahoma. He will see a new general practitioner in Reno on Oct. 11th and then get referred out to the oncologists, radiologist, gastroenterologists, and the surgeon. In 4 to 7 months he will have the final surgery to remove the rectal tumor and he will be down for 2 months after that. But it is curative… and Lord willing that will end this nightmare except for visiting the doctor on a regular basis.

The week after this one we will be traveling home to Reno, Nevada with our oldest daughter and her husband. We have most things packed but loading and cleaning will be difficult. The drive will take us 4 or 5 days due to health, etc. It’s a 1,200-mile trip. Say a quiet prayer that it will be uneventful for us.

Garry is doing very well and is much his old self. His cancer markers are now down to less than 1 — the doctors are saying it is a miracle and I believe them. All of you have been a blessing to both of us as well — you are our miracle.

The final trip will be expensive and we still have mounting medical bills. If you want to help Garry out, you can give at GoFundMe. 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.

We are so thankful to finally be heading home. In Reno, we will take over my son’s townhome. Once again, all of our children have been there for us and we love them to pieces.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have given in one way or another or who have said a prayer for us. We can never repay you except with our love and respect. I will update again after the move.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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!