Update from Sam

Wham Bam Thank You Fam…

30 May , 2015  

I’m a lucky dude in many, many ways. One big way is my family and how great they’ve been though all this. Mom just left today, she was here for a week.  Had some quality time and just relaxed and caught up. She lives in Cali, so we don’t get to to hang all that often. My DC cousins drove down here a few weeks ago to spend some time before starting my new treatment and are always checking in on me. My brother drove up the week of my new treatment and joined me on my infusion day at the hospital. My aunt and uncle were with me till 1am a month ago in the ER after a blood clot scare. And Dad and JoAnne have been in the mix since the beginning and have been amazing. Just a few examples of how awesome my fam is. They will be a key factor in me beating this.

PD1 treatment update:  So I’m 9 days into my first treatment and I haven’t really felt any change, it’s actually been quite the opposite. The cancer has grown a bit and my chest and back have been in some pain. BUT, it is standard for the PD1 to start working about two weeks in. So this is no surprise. I have my second infusion this coming Thursday and the docs have said that this will be when some relief will start. So, I’m ready to get in there and make it happen. The port recovery has been fairly painless. I can hardly tell it’s there as I type this and it was smooth going last week. Much better when getting blood taken and with the drip. Glad I got it, so far.

Will update everyone again after this next treatment. Should be feeling better by the end of next weekend. Ready for it.


Family infusion fun!


Getting goofy in Mebane, NC



2 Responses

  1. Moore County Shelby's says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Sam. We wish that there was more that we could do for you beyond keeping you in our thoughts and prayers every day. Love the family portrait in the infusion room. What is that that Michael has on his shirt? The MW key charm is super cool. What a great idea. We will be thinking about you on Thursday and hoping that the treatment starts to have a positive effect. Love you lots.

  2. Sean says:

    yo yo elbs,
    kelsey and i too wish we could do more. i have read promising things about anti PD-L1 and am so pumped you are getting started on it. great seeing you last weekend and hope that your move back near the beach will bring you good vibes and healing summer weather. give us a shout if you want to go out on our 17 ft yacht, the ss lucas, anytime you feel up for it. keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as always. I’m off mondays if you are around and want grab a bite or beer, bike, boat, or hit beach.

    much love,
    the lucases

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