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5th round of chemo & Happy Birthday to my wife and son

% I started my 5th round of chemo on March 4, 2013. That day I spent at UCLA doing all my tests and meeting with my chemo oncologist. The MRI showed that there was no tumor growth. During March my … Continue reading

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4th Chemo Treatment, February 2013

My energy level during the month of February has been better than in previous months. I am still more tired during my week of chemo, but the side effects have been somewhat milder. The Tuesday after my week of chemo … Continue reading

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3rd Chemo Treatment, Happy New Year

I began my 3rd round of chemo on January 7, 2013. Compared to my chemo treatment in December, I wasn’t as sick. I was able to hold down more food, not feel quite as nauseous and had a little more … Continue reading

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Second month of chemo + stomach flu, December 2012

My second round of chemo began on Monday December 10th, 2012. I had another MRI which looked good-still no tumor regrowth. Looking back on my experience during my second treatment I realized that I might have had the stomach flu … Continue reading

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First Month of Chemotherapy November 2012

I started my first month of chemotherapy in November 2012. Luckily I started on November 13th and had some time to recover before Thanksgiving. My chemo schedule includes taking pills at night before bed for 5 days a month and … Continue reading

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No, it’s Not My Halloween Mask

My last day of chemo + radiation was Wednesday October 24th, 2012. It was a relief to finally put an end to my brain getting fried, literally. The lead¬†door to the treatment room was a foot thick-I think I was … Continue reading

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Treatment Starts 2 Months Post-Surgery

After waiting to get the new pathology of my tumor (for the 3rd time) I hit a few more roadblocks before finally starting my treatment. At first there was a delay in the UHC specialty pharmacy getting my chemo drugs … Continue reading

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Treatment

Last Monday, August 27th, I met with my neuro oncologist and neuro surgeon. I also got an MRI. The MRI revealed that my tumor had not grown back, there was just scar tissue. Also we got feedback from the UCSF’s … Continue reading

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Mystery Tumor

I was told on Monday of this week by the neuro oncology team at UCLA that the pathologists didn’t know what kind of tumor that I had. The neurosurgeon’s told us that I had a pineal blastoma the day of … Continue reading

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Miracles

            The outpouring of prayers and support from so many people¬†over the past several weeks has been overwhelming. We have appreciated all of the acts of kindness and service that we have received. We know … Continue reading

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