What is up with Kevin?
On December 1, 2013 at 0615, Kevin passed to the next life.
Kevin has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most deadly form of Brain Cancer
Will Cancer be Cured? What is Glioblastoma Multiforme Tumor Information for families and treatment The American Cancer Society Scam
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Update December 15th: Please take note of the Social Security theft here. Well, we are approaching the 6-month point... Kevin has completed his first round of 1-week on, 3-weeks off chemotherapy treatment. His chemo doctor has stated that this will continue for the rest of Kevin's life, how ever long that is. Kevin did well the first couple of days treatment, but then he began to get sick on the third day. This chemo is 4-times stronger than the doses he was getting during the 42-days of radiation. Kevin is now in his first 3-week rest period then will begin another cycle of treatment. We don't know if the sickness was actually caused by the chemo, or if Kevin just got sick; there has been a flu bug going around and all of us have been sick about the same time. Kevin has been fishing a lot; he really enjoys his time on the lake. If anyone wants to have a good time fishing, this is your chance, it will be worth your time!!
Update November 15th: Kevin has completed six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation and has had a follow up MRI which results indicate remission at this time which is exactly what the doctors thought would happen by now. The next step? Well hurry up and wait, the outlook isn't any better than it ever was, we are just in limbo at this time. Kevin will have another MRI in January to see if the tumor has started to re-grow, and if so, at what pace. That is when we will know something else.
Update September 12th: Kevin has had his pre-treatment MRI, and doctor visits. He will begin treatment later this month (maybe about the 20th give or take) which will include concurrent radiation and chemo therapy. His MRI is thought to show little growth since tumor removal, however there is still tumor present. I will update more on the growth rate as it becomes clear to us.
Update August 23rd 2012: Kevin had his pretreatment appointment on August 23; I attended with him. A nurse practitioner came in first and took Kevin's vitals and established a baseline for comparison in the future. Some time thereafter, the doctor came in to tell Kevin the course of action that would follow. All together, we sat at the doctors office for 3-hours for conversation with the nurse and doctor that took maybe 40-minutes. The doctor stated that Kevin would undergo 5-days of radiation treatment concurrent with chemotherapy which would continue for 42 days, 5-days a week after which time he will receive another MRI which is already scheduled for some time in November. This is going to be a very rough time for Kevin. This round of treatment will be follow by 5-days of chemotherapy and 3-weeks of rest followed by 5-days of chemotherapy and 3-weeks of rest for the rest of Kevin's life. See much more detail on this page in the shaded area.
UPDATE 8/15/2012: Kevin had his follow-up visit with his doctor which included the results of the pathology report as well as the results of his MRI. As we all waited and hoped for good news, the worst was to come. It has been confirmed that Kevin has Glioblastoma Multiforme, a very fast growing brain cancer. It just doesn't get much worse than that. The prognosis is not very good, the median time someone has in Kevin's condition is about 1-year. Kevin will be receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment in the immediate future and for an undetermined amount of time. Kevin has to fight this somehow; in the meantime he will be extremely sick and suffering a great deal. Cancer Facts
This taken from PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America): Glioblastoma multiforme is the most aggressive of the gliomas, a collection of tumors arising from glia or their precursors within the central nervous system. Clinically, gliomas are divided into four grades; unfortunately, the most aggressive of these, grade 4 or glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is also the most common in humans. Because most patients with GBMs die of their disease in less than a year and essentially none has long-term survival, these tumors have drawn significant attention...
Huge medical bills will follow and he can no longer work which has created financial hardship to say the least. If you want to donate a few dollars, you can either use snail mail to: 1418 Mountain View Rd, Rockwood, TN 37854; or you can use PayPal via the link at the top of this page. Every dollar will help, that is for sure.
Kevin was diagnosed with a brain tumor thought to be Glioblstoma Multiforme on the 31st of July 2012 at UT Knoxville. It is thought to be cancer and the outlook is not good which is devastating to myself (Kevin's brother, Rodney), my wife (Angelica), and the rest of our family. Kevin went through surgery on the 3rd of August and came through better than we all thought possible. He can talk and walk about fine; he has no paralysis and very minor speech problems.
What is coming in the near future... Kevin will undergo Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment to some degree soon. I do not know the exact program at this time nor when it will begin, but will post it here when I do. In the mean time, it is expected that Kevin's remaining life with us will be short; maybe 1-2 years. We will know more after some testing in the next two weeks. If you want to contact Kevin, use messaging on Facebook, or you can call the number on the guide site, it is still active and he can talk, but keep in mind that this is his cell phone with limited minutes. He would probably love to hear from you!
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Update 8/6/2012: Kevin received a post-op MRI which will be read along with the pathology report on August 20, 2012. We will all be sitting on pins and needles waiting for that information. In the mean time, Kevin has been released from the hospital and will be trying to enjoy life at home. Call, visit etc.
What caused Kevin to seek medical attention?
Kevin called me on July 30th and told me that he was considering seeking medical attention for symptoms including numbness in his right hand, some drooping or numbness in his face, some speech issues and some handwriting issues that he was having. I strongly urged him to go to either UT or Vanderbilt which he did later that afternoon. Kevin was well aware that small hospitals are nothing more than wallet scrapers anyway, and that they knowingly delay the needed care even being aware that they can do nothing about the patients condition. Kevin's early diagnosis and the care given by UT is a positive thing, and has a lot to do with his exceptional recovery from surgery.
Evil Social Security Theft: When Kevin was in the hospital after his initial diagnosis, the hospital filed his disability with Social Security. That was pretty cool since his working life is officially over. Kevin had been working a job that he really liked, and was really having the time of his life; then it ended. With the exception of a couple of years unemployment, Kevin had worked his entire life paying Social Security and Medicare. I thought it was really good that the hospital has the ability to assist people in the way they had. HOWEVER, Social Security is EVIL; even though there is absolutely no doubt that Kevin can no longer work since he has had brain surgery, Social Security has a mandatory 6-month waiting period before benefits begin. They clearly and simply hope and pray that people die before they collect. Further, Medicare will do nothing for Kevin's astronomical hospital bills. What really makes me sick about all this is that there is no shortage of money in Social Security in the first place, and SS continuously approves lazy people for disability all the time; although they usually have a long and deceitful fight, it happens.
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