I know that many people have reached out to me recently asking for an update so here it is.
I guess I’ll apologize for keeping people in the dark but I just needed some time. Between all the MRIs, scans, and medications, it really takes a toll on my body. I was able to share news with my family but I wasn’t able to reach out to the few that reached out to me. I first want to say thank you to everyone, family and friends, who have sent prayers, well wishes, and participated in the Go Fund Me that my wife’s family set up.
Anyways, on to the good news: the MRI revealed that the tumors in my brain, spine, lung, and liver are all shrinking. Which means that my body is responding to the medication and treatment positively.
Despite the good news, I’m still dealing with the pain in my hips and lower back. It seems like ever since the doctor gave us the good news, my pain has been more constant but I’m still doing well in terms of moving around and such. Physical therapy is going well and my weight is starting to stabilize. I still have a long road ahead of me in terms of my being able to return to work, unfortunately. But I’m feeling much better than I did months ago. I will be re-evaluated in a month or so but the goal remains to be able to work this fall.
Being down here in Virginia has been tough for my family and I. The doctors, co-workers, and friends we have met down here have been more than fantastic. But for the most part, we’ve been down here by ourselves and it’s been tough, especially for my wife, taking care of our newborn daughter Eva and myself.
Having cancer changes everything. That’s one thing I’ve learned through all of this. Priorities change and you realize how important family is. It’s not like I didn’t know that before all this happened but the way everyone back home has reached out has really been touching.
So, Asha, Eva, and I are moving back to Pittsburgh this month. This move makes the most sense, as we will be close to family and will be able to have the help and support that we need. Unfortunately, this means that I’m resigning from my job at WV Radio Corp and I’ll be taking a bit of a hiatus from my career. It is disappointing but I know that this is the right move for my family and I.
As my fight continues, the goal still remains to return to a place physically where I can work again. I just want to thank everyone for the support and prayers. I’m excited to be returning home to be with my family. This journey has been tough and sometimes unpredictable but it is teaching me a lot about patience and it helps knowing that God has a plan and is still in control.
I just want to thank everyone again for the support as my family makes this transition.