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Sharing Our Story

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When my initial diagnosis took place, we decided to start a blog to document the journey. We wanted to do that for two reasons...

1. Be able to reflect on what all has happened and have all of the details written down
2. Share our journey of treating cancer using alternative methods

It's funny that my main focus at this point is to share my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Alternative treatments are still a large part of my fight, but I feel it's more important to share the ways in which God has impacted our lives throughout the journey. To that end, we somehow stumbled upon the catch phrase of "Faith Over Fear" when we took family photos back in October 2018. Now, with my posts related to cancer and this fight, I always make sure to include #FaithOverFear as part of the post to remind others that that is the ultimate aim of life...to learn how to trust in God in all things and overcome fear.

Shortly after my brain surgery, Kim and I started to discuss doing …

CT Scan 4/18/2019

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On April 18th, I had a CT scan, lab work, and meeting with my oncologist scheduled. My CT scan was scheduled for 8:45 am at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Two days prior to the appointment, I received a phone call from someone in radiation asking me if I had my barium to drink. I told her I didn't have a clue what she was talking about. Apparently, I was supposed to drink something prior to the scan to help highlight the tumors inside of me. Anyway, it wasn't available at a pharmacy. Bummer. So, instead of arriving at the clinic at 8:30, we needed to be there by 7:15 am. Unfortunately, we have to leave 2.5 hours early from Manti to ensure we get there. So, I think we left just after 4:45 am. Getting up anytime before 8 is generally difficult for me. Oh well. I managed to make it haha

We eventually made it to the clinic and fortunately we missed the majority of rush hour traffic. After arriving at the waiting room, I was given my two glasses of barium to drink...


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Spinal Radiation and Pizza Celebration

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On April 1st, 2019, I started my course of radiation treatment on my spine. After my spinal surgery, even though the surgeon was confident he had pulled out the tumor fully intact, there were still concerns that melanoma cells were left behind. In order to address this concern, I had a course of radiation on the cavity where the melanoma tumor was removed from my back. You can imagine that, after my experience with brain radiation, that I was quite concerned about what loomed ahead. Especially since I was told it would be five sessions that were 45 minutes long. I wasn't looking forward to move pain...

Well, the day finally came to prep for radiation. Fortunately, I was told it would be nothing like my experience with the mask. Unfortunately, it required a different kind of discomfort. For my brain radiation, I was able to wear all of my clothes since the area of focus wasn't covered. This time, I was told all my clothes needed to come off EXCEPT for my underwear and socks. Uh…

Course Adjustment

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Prior to this whole journey beginning, many of you know that Kim and I had been on a health journey that had taken us down many different roads. This journey is what greatly influenced our initial response to my diagnosis. After being diagnosed, we spent many hours researching possible treatments and, after fervent prayer and fasting, we decided to pursue treatment via the alternative route. While not a lot of people agreed with our decision, we felt good about it. That being said, I think we took our "feeling good" too far. As I've reflected on those initial days, I've come to realize that I took things too far and became, in a sense, arrogant. I wanted to prove people wrong, especially the medical industry. The first oncologist that I met with scoffed at the idea of anything but the drugs he had to offer helping me fight my cancer. I, however, knew better. If I could change one thing about those first several months, I would have kept in contact with an oncologist …

Spinal Column Surgery

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So brain surgery was done on January 25th, 2019. I was discharged from the hospital on the 27th and, after a rough first week home, started to enjoy some increased energy and overall better health. Friday, February 8th was my best day. I was able to get some laundry done, clean up in the kitchen a bit, and go shopping with Kim for a little while. That evening, after eating dinner, we cut my hair and I showered. After I finished my shower, I bent over to turn off the water. Once I stood up, I was hit with excruciating pain in my upper middle back. This was the same area that I'd struggled with from sleeping on the wedge, so I didn't think much of it. However, as I tried to move, the pain just got worse. I had to holler for Kim to come in and help dry me off and get me halfway dressed. Kim was able to get me into bed, but that didn't help. The pain was so bad that I started to have a difficult time breathing. About five minutes after being placed in bed, I began losing the a…

Brain Surgery

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Well... It's time for a few updates. It's been a while since I've posted on here. Hopefully my excuses are acceptable. I'll be posting a handful of updates just to try and catch up. The first update is of my brain surgery, which took place on January 25th, 2019 at the University of Utah Hospital. Dr. Fultz was the surgeon. More on the surgery in a minute, but first I'd like to discuss some of the build up to the surgery.

As many of you know, I chose to treat my cancer holistically. My wife and I had done quite a bit of research into the alternative treatments available and, after much discussion with each other and with the Lord, we decided to pursue alternative treatment. I want to make it clear that I do not and will not ever regret that decision. Nor have I turned my back on the alternative treatment world.

It's amazing how sometimes the perfect storm can conspire to cause issues. In December 2018, I started receiving help from the White Sage Clinic in Wales…