Since that day, he has been facing cancer head on and full bore.
He's undergone biopsies galore. MRIs/CTs/PET scans beyond counting. Multiple surgeries---including a radical neck resection in 2009. Targeted radiation. An NIH/National Cancer Institute clinical trial. A year later, another recurrence. Progression to stage IV in 2012.
Aggressive treatment with 27 bags of inpatient IL-2 at UVA. Still more MRIs/CTs/PET scans. A little less than a year later, another recurrence.
In July 2013, began Bristol-Myers Squibb's Nivo/Opdivo (PD1) + Yervoy clinical trial at UVA.
Then yesterday morning, this....
NED. In cancer-smasher language, that translates to No Evidence of Disease.
The Doxology and Hallelujah Chorus haven't stopped looping through my mind's ears....feeling them to innermost fiber of my being.
This past Friday, our twins turned THIRTEEN.
Life is good....very, very good. We're abundantly grateful.