Health Update: Survivors & Thrivers

Bruce and I would like to give you an update on our family’s three cancer survivors and thrivers.

Bruce has been off of chemo for over a month while we had several appointments in New York City with a surgeon, two pancreatic cancer oncologists, and one oncologist/researcher. We’ve been to Weil Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, and the Rogosin Institute. It has been determined that Bruce’s abdominal mass is inoperable and that we should pursue a clinical trial. Bruce is on waiting lists for trials at Weil Cornell and at Sloan. We are looking into other trials as well. In two weeks, we meet with a specialist at Hackensack Medical Center regarding clinical trials. In the meantime, Bruce will go back on a new chemo regimen on October tenth. He continues to feel fine and also continues to work out daily (The gym in the morning and walking three miles in the evening.).

I had two surgeries this summer to remove lung nodules. One tested positive for renal cancer. The other one was benign. Presently, I am cancer free and will continue with three months’ scans.

Laura had successful surgery for breast cancer in June. She is presently undergoing radiation, is back to work, and is doing well. This weekend, she will be doing a Crop Walk for her church. As she said, radiation isn’t going to get her down! Sadly, cancer also affected Michael and Laura’s dog, Jeter. He passed last week after a brief battle with cancer. Rest In Peace, Jeter.

-Linda Hill


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