The Next Step

April 16th, 2009

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to give a quick update as to what is going on with everything right now.

Well, a couple weeks ago I was at MD Anderson doing Round 2 of my chemo.  It was a bit more difficult this go around.  I gained a few more pounds and the side effects were a bit more intense and lasted a bit longer. However, I was able to get in nine bags of the Interluekin-2 which is great!

My parents and I head back down to MDA in Houston this coming Monday the 20th.  I am at the point with my treatment plan where the doctors will do more scans and tests to determine my next course of action.  I will have CT and PET scans, and they will also measure the tumor on my neck, which I have affectionately named Gus.  Many of you in Steamboat and Denver had the privilege of meeting Gus.  We hope Gus will be making a departure very soon.

So, after the tests and evaluation next week, my doctors will determine if I will continue with the chemo treatments, or if surgery to remove my tumor as well as do a left radical neck dissection plus radiation is the best thing to do next.

I will not have certain answers until after evaluations next week.

This past break from treatment has been very relaxing and enjoyable for me.  I have spent a lot of time in Denver and Steamboat with great friends.

I am very excited about the Balls for Caress Dodgeball Fundraiser that will take place this weekend at the Tennis Center in Steamboat.

I want to give a huge thank you to my great friend Anthony Miriani for coming up with this idea and heading up the preparations.  I also want to thank Marie Matrka, Allison Finn (Charlie) and the Swiggarts for helping put on the benefit.  A big thank you also to Brandon Gee and Luke Graham from the Steamboat Pilot for all of your help and support.  Lastly, thanks to Dave Johnson for designing and managing this awesome website!

I want to thank the local businesses in Steamboat who have donated to the silent auction.

I also want to thank everyone who is showing support through donations, silent auction bids and t-shirt sales.  It really means a lot to my family and I who have been really facing challenges lately.

I am truly blessed with the best friends and family anyone could ever ask for.  I love and appreciate every single one of you all.

Posted by andy in His Own Words