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Below is the Journal from Cory’s Caring Bridge site during his battle from DSRCT.

 

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10/26/2008

This CaringBridge site was created just recently. Please visit again soon for a journal update.

 

 

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10/27/2008

Cory is spending another night in the hospital. His blood counts are getting better and the Doctor is hopeful Cory will go home tomorrow.

 

 

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10/28/2008

Cory is out of the hospital. His blood work is ok and he is feeling good. We are hoping for a few uneventful days. He will be at MD Anderson on Monday.

Thanks for all the prayers.

 

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10/31/2008

Cory is feeling good and has his appetite back. For the first time in several weeks he is not having to take pain or nausea medicine. He has his first appointment at MD Anderson on Monday. Thanks for all of the prayers and everything that is being done for us.

 

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11/3/2008

Cory just completed a full day of tests at MD Anderson. He had several different scans and xrays. He is tired and not feeling the greatest. We met with Cory’s doctor here and it was decided that Cory will have all of his chemo treatments at Scott & White in Temple and then come here between chemo treatments to meet with the doctor and do any scans or tests that need to be completed. The doctor here has been in contact with Cory’s doctor in Temple and both doctors think this will work fine. Cory is very happy with this arrangement. We will be back in Pflugerville tomorrow and Cory will start his next round of chemo Thursday in Temple. The next appointment at MD Anderson is November 21st.

Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

 

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11/6/2008

Cory will begin his second cycle of chemo treatments today. He will check into Scott & White and will be in the hospital for the next five days. He is feeling good and is ready to get the treatment started.

 

 

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11/7/2008

Cory is in Scott & White hospital in Temple. He started chemo late yesterday afternoon. The chemo will last five days. Cory is nauseated and does not have much energy. Sandy is spending every night in his room. I am driving back and forth and trying to work a little. Thanks for all the prayers and everything that everyone is doing for us.

 

 

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11/9/2008

Cory has two more days of chemo. He said he is ready to go home. He is nauseated and out of it a little. We think the ifosfamide is the chemo drug that makes his mind kind of fuzzy. He is a tough kid, he said he didn’t have a choice he had to be tough to get through this. Sandy and I both spent the night with him last night. Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

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11/10/2008

Cory got very lethargic and sleepy yesterday. The Doctors determined that this was caused by ifosfamide, which is one of the chemo drugs he is taking. He was not administered the ifosfamide on Sunday but was given methylene blue which is an antidote for the side effects of ifosfamide. He was feeling much better by Monday morning. He has two treatments of ifosfamide remaining in this cycle of treatments and he will get one today and one tomorrow and they will continue to give him methylene blue to offset his reaction to the drug. He will either get out of the hospital late Tuesday or Wednesday depending on how he feels.

 

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11/11/2008

Cory did not have a good day yesterday. He had a treatment of ifosfamide and it put him back in LALA land. He is back to normal today but has one treatment of ifosfamide remaining in this cycle and he will get it today. The Doctors have decided to infuse the ifosfamide over 12 hours instead of 2 on this last treatment to see if it will lessen the side effects. Cory is ready to go home and he should get out of the hospital tomorrow. Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

 

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11/12/2008

Cory completed his last chemo treatment of this cycle early this morning. He is feeling ok. We just met with the Doctors and they said Cory could go home this afternoon. He is very happy to be going home.

 

 

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11/14/2008

Cory is home and feeling better today. He has not had much to eat in the last few days but woke up hungry this morning. We went to the Deli for breakfast and he ate a little. It is good to see him wanting food again. If he is feeling up to it we are going to the Texas A&M vs Baylor football game tomorrow.

 

 

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11/16/2008

Cory was just admitted to the hospital. He was not feeling good this morning and had a high temperature. We took him to the ER and his white blood cell count was under .1, which is very low. They are giving him intravenous antibiotics in case he has any kind of infection. We are having to wear a mask when we are in his room. He is unable to have any visitors until the white blood cell count starts increasing.

 

 

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11/17/2008

Cory’s white blood cell count is still very low. He does not feel well and is sleeping a lot. He will remain in the hospital until his white blood cell count is higher.

 

 

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11/18/2008

Cory’s white blood cell count is still very low. He is feeling better today but is having some pain in his upper back and spine. The Doctors talked like that was not unusual. They do not think he has any infections and that the fever was due to the low white blood cell count. Cory is scheduled for scans Thursday and Friday at MD Anderson. We are hoping he gets well enough to get out of the hospital to be able to make the MD Anderson appointments.

Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

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11/19/2008

Cory’s white blood count is still low. Some of his other blood counts are also low. He is getting a one unit transfusion of platelets and a two unit transfusion of red blood cells. Cory’s pain has increased and they are going to do a scan of his upper back to see if they see anything that is causing the pain.

 

 

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11/20/2008

Cory’s blood counts were much better this morning. The counts are high enough that he will get out of the hospital this afternoon. He was scheduled to be at MD Anderson today so we are working on rescheduling those appointments. The Doctors think the pain in his back and spine he had this week is related to the Neulasta shot he received after his chemo treatment. Neulasta is given to boost the white blood cell count.

 

 

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11/21/2008

We just received word from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York that the Doctors there had looked over all of Cory’s scans and tests and that they believed Cory is a candidate for surgery. That is wonderful news. We are working on the scheduling with MSKCC but we think surgery would be in January. Cory has his next chemo at Scott & White in Temple on December 1st and it will be a 5 day treatment cycle. Cory’s next appointment at MD Anderson will be December 19th for scans and to meet with the Doctor.

Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

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11/24/2008

Cory had a very good weekend. He is feeling good and is getting his appetite back. He starts his next chemo cycle on December 1st and he is trying to get his strength back before the chemo starts again. Brian, his cousin from California flew in Saturday and is spending a week with him. Thanks for everything everyone is doing for us.

 

 

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11/27/2008

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We all have much to be thankful for. Cory is feeling great and eating great. Cory just attended the Corp of Cadets March-in up Congress Avenue for the annual Texas A&M vs Texas football game as a guest of Governor Rick Perry. Gig ’em Aggies!

God bless you all.

 

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11/30/2008

Cory has had a wonderful holiday. He has felt great all week. He has been eating good and feels like he has gained some of his strength and weight back. Cory starts his 3rd chemo cycle tomorrow. He will be admitted into Scott & White in Temple and should be in the hospital for 5 or 6 days. Cory is hopeful that the side effects of the chemo will not be as bad as the 1st two chemo cycles since he is feeling much better and stronger going into this cycle of treatments.

Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

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12/2/2008

Cory started his 3rd cycle of chemo yesterday. He is feeling ok and still has an appetite.

We received word yesterday from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York that Cory has been scheduled for surgery on January 29th. Cory’s surgeon is Dr. Michael LaQuaglia who has much experience performing surgery on Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT) patients. MSKCC is a world renowned cancer center and has more experience and knowledge dealing with DSRCT than any other cancer center in the world. Cory will have pre op appointments and tests on January 27th and surgery the 29th. The Doctor expects that Cory should be well enough to return home on February 13th.

Thank you for everything that everyone is doing for us.

 

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12/4/2008

Cory has completed three days of this chemo cycle and has two days remaining. The Doctors have changed his nausea medication and it appears to be working better. He has had no major issues with nausea this chemo cycle. The chemo makes him very tired and sleepy but overall he is feeling ok. He has no appetite and is not eating and his protein levels have dropped because of this. The Doctor stressed to Cory this morning that it was very important for him to eat during his chemo.

Cory informed us that being in the hospital is very boring and there is not much to do so he had donated money this week to Child’s Play, www.childsplaycharity.org, which is a nonprofit organization that donates toys, games, books, and cash for sick kids in children’s hospitals across North America. Cory doesn’t need anything because he has every electronic device known to man but he was worried about kids not as fortunate as himself. We are very proud of him.

Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

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12/6/2008

Cory completed his 3rd cycle of chemo early this morning. He was released from the hospital this afternoon and is at home. He is very tired but overall feels ok. The Doctors changed up his medication for nausea this cycle and it seems to have worked very well. Cory had very little nausea during this cycle. The Doctors have also changed the shot Cory gets to boost the white blood cells. Cory will be getting a shot of Neupogen for 7 straight days to help boost his white blood cells. Cory is not thrilled about getting this shot for the next week.

 

 

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12/14/2008

Cory has been in pain the last two days. The pain is in his spine and the bones in his upper back. The Doctors think the pain is related to the production of white blood cells and the shots he has been getting to promote that production. Other than the pain Cory has had a good week and is eating well. He has been in the house all week due to his immune system being low and is ready to get out. He should be able to get out this week once his pain subsides. Cory has appointments at MD Anderson on Thursday and Friday.

Clay and Kellie are in town to see Cory this weekend and we are celebrating Christmas with them now since Cory will be in the hospital during Christmas.

 

 

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12/17/2008

Cory’s pain has subsided and he feels good. Unfortunately Cory’s blood counts have not recovered since his last cycle of chemo treatments and he will be getting a transfusion of red blood cells in the morning. He will get the transfusion at Scott & White in Round Rock. Cory’s appointments at MD Anderson that were scheduled for tomorrow and Friday have been rescheduled for January 22nd and 23rd. The next cycle of chemo is still scheduled to start December 22nd at Scott & White in Temple but could be pushed back several days depending on the recovery of his blood counts.

Several people have asked about being able to donate blood and have it designated for Cory. Scott & White does have a program that allows donors to designate the recipient. I will fill out the paperwork next week when we are at the hospital to set this up. I have to supply a list of names that are allowed to donate blood designated for Cory. Anyone wishing to donate blood through Scott & White designated for Cory should send me an email and I will add your name to the list of donors.

Cory survived me giving him the series of Neupogen shots after his last chemo cycle. I would tell him before each shot that it was going to hurt me worse than him and he would chuckle and tell me to shut up.

Thank you for your interest in donating blood and for everything that everyone is doing for us.

Keep Cory and the rest of us in your prayers.

 

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12/19/2008

Cory received a transfusion of two units of red blood cells yesterday. We are hopeful this will boost his blood counts to a level that he will be able to start his 4th cycle of chemo treatments Monday at Scott & White in Temple. Cory is feeling good and is eating good.

We received a call from the Doctor’s office at Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSKCC) this week to see if we had any questions about the upcoming surgery and to check on Cory. Cory is still scheduled for surgery in New York at MSKCC on January 29th. The chemo that Cory starts Monday will be his last chemo treatment before surgery.

Cory’s Uncle Bubba (Mike), Aunt Suzi, and Cousin Brian are flying in from California tonight and will spend about 9 days in Pflugerville. This will be the first time Bubba and Suzi have been back to Pflugerville since Dad passed away in May and we are all excited to see them.

I have been overwhelmed by the amount of people that want to give blood for Cory. Blood donors are a passionate group. I will get more information next week from Scott & White about their blood donor program and pass that information along to all potential donors.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.

 

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12/22/2008

Cory had blood work done this morning and his platelet count is very low. He was scheduled to start chemo this afternoon but he will not be able to have chemo until the platelet count is higher. The Doctor tentatively rescheduled the chemo for next Monday. Cory is very happy, he was not ready for this cycle of chemo. Starting chemo next Monday should not impact the surgery that is scheduled for January 29th.

 

 

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12/24/2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Cory will have his 4th cycle of chemo starting Monday the 29th provided his blood counts are high enough. Starting the 29th gives Cory enough time to get his blood counts to an acceptable level for surgery at the end of January.

Cory is feeling well and having an enjoyable Christmas holiday.

God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.

 

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12/29/2008

Cory will be admitted into the hospital today and start his 4th cycle of chemo. If the chemo goes as planned Cory will have 5 days of chemo and will be released from the hospital on Saturday. Cory had blood work on Friday and all of his blood counts are at a good level.

Cory had a wonderful Christmas. He had many visitors and has felt well the past week. The support we receive from our family, Church, and friends continues to be tremendous. We are truly blessed.