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1/2/2010

Cory is feeling OK and his pain is under control. Cory remains in the hospital and the plan is that on Monday Cory will have a drain tube placed into his liver that will keep the bile drained from the liver which will then lower Cory’s bilirubin level.  Bilirubin is one of the liver counts that the doctors have been monitoring and Cory’s bilirubin level has been high.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

1/4/2010

Cory will have the drain tube placed in his liver on Tuesday morning. We are hopeful he will be out of the hospital in a few days.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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1/5/2010

The Doctors were unable to insert a tube in Cory’s liver. The Doctors are reviewing all of the options available to drain the liver of bile and another attempt to place a drain tube may be made at a later date. Cory is back in his room and is sore and tired.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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1/6/2010

We are back in Pflugerville. Cory was discharged from MD Anderson early this evening. The Doctors were unable to drain the liver so the next plan will be to start chemo again. The hope is that the chemo will reduce the cancer in the liver which will allow the liver to start functioning better. Cory’s liver levels are high and he is having some pain but it was determined that a few days at home would be safe. Cory will go back to Houston on Sunday. Cory and all of us are down but we have not given up.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

1/11/2010

Cory was admitted into MD Anderson today. The Doctors have a treatment plan and we are all hopeful it will help Cory.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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1/14/2010

Cory was released from the hospital early this morning. Cory completed an MRI about midnight and the Doctors had decided Cory could get out of the hospital as long as he stayed close by. We are staying at the Rotary House across the street from the hospital. Cory was in the MRI machine for over an hour and absolutely hated it. I was able to stay in the MRI room with him which I think helped some. We have changed Doctors this week back to Cory’s oncologist and not the Doctors doing the drug trial. Cory’s bilirubin count remains high but we are hopeful it can be lowered to normal levels.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

1/15/2010

Cory is home after several days at MD Anderson. Cory met with his oncologist today and a new treatment plan was started. Cory has appointments next week at MD Anderson for his next treatment and to begin the process of adding radiation therapy to his treatment plan. Cory is very tired and does not have much energy but he is glad to be home.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

1/23/2010

Cory has not felt very well all this week but Cory has not really felt very well since Christmas. He is spending most of his time in bed. He has very little appetite and no energy. Cory has lost 20 pounds in the last four weeks and he is down 80 pounds from when his cancer was discovered in September, 2008. Cory’s cancer is very extensive throughout his liver which is causing Cory’s bilirubin and other liver counts to be extremely high. Cory is very jaundiced due to the high bilirubin counts. According to Cory’s Doctor, Cory is at risk of liver failure. Cory had a treatment of interferon yesterday at MD Anderson and Monday at MD Anderson he will start radiation treatment on the liver. The radiation treatment will be for two weeks. The hope is that the radiation will give Cory some improved liver function which will help him feel better and improve his quality of life. Cory will be receiving all of his treatments as an outpatient.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

1/28/2010

Cory has completed 3 days of radiation on his liver. He will have 2 more days of radiation this week and will also get interferon on Friday. Cory will also get 5 days of radiation next week. Cory is very tired and weak but that was expected. He does not have much of an appetite but is doing his best to eat. Cory’s bilirubin count remains very high but the doctors are hoping the radiation will help reduce the levels. We are staying in Sugar Land at Clay and Kellie’s house (Clay is our oldest son and Kellie is his wife). It is about a 40 minute drive into MD Anderson from their house and all of Cory’s appointments are scheduled in the middle of the day so we do not have to fight rush hour traffic into or out of Houston. If Cory is feeling well enough we will go home on Friday after his treatment and come back on Monday morning for another week of radiation.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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1/29/2010

We had good news today. Cory’s bilirubin count went from 20.1 on Wednesday to 10.1 today. Cory’s skin tone is a much lighter yellow and he is feeling better. We are very thankful. We are back in Pflugerville for the weekend and will go back to Houston on Monday for 5 more days of radiation.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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2/5/2010

Cory completed his 10th and final radiation treatment on the liver today and we are home this evening. It’s great to be home. Cory’s bilirubin count was 5.5 today and his skin tone is almost normal now. Cory has not felt well most of the week but we are hoping with the radiation completed he will start to feel better. Cory will continue to get interferon every week and he will have new scans performed in early March.

 

On the way home from Houston we went by Cory’s apartment in College Station and brought some of his things home. Cory’s apartment lease runs through May but he is not well enough to attend classes at Texas A&M this semester and we will move everything home in the next couple of months.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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2/13/2010

Cory has felt good this last week. His bilirubin count was 3.6 on Thursday and he is no longer jaundiced. Cory will continue his interferon treatments and will go back to MD Anderson on February 24th. On the 24th the Doctors will start the process of planning SIR-Sphere treatment on Cory’s liver tumors and if all goes as planned Cory will get the SIR-Sphere treatment in March. SIR-Sphere treatment uses millions of microscopic radioactive beads to help destroy tumors from the inside out. The Doctors are also planning to try and insert a stint in one of Cory’s bile ducts in the liver to make sure that he will not have any blockage issues in the future.
We continue to be amazed at all of the support we receive. Last night the Pflugerville Lions Club had their annual chili supper and they are donating a large portion of the revenue from the event to Cory’s medical fund. We are truly grateful for everything that everyone does for us.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

2/20/2010

Cory has felt good this week and his appetite is improving. Cory has also been very happy and upbeat. It is great to see him feeling better. It has been a tough couple of months with much suffering and pain.
Cory has appointments at MD Anderson starting Wednesday morning. The appointments will be planning and testing to see if Cory will be able to get the SIR-Sphere treatment on his liver. If everything goes well this week and the Doctors think the procedure can be performed on Cory then the actual SIR-Sphere treatment will be on March 16th. Cory’s Doctors will also attempt to insert a stint in one of Cory’s bile ducts in the liver on March 5th and Cory’s next set of CT and PET scans are planned for March 8th.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

2/28/2010

Cory had three days of appointments at MD Anderson last week. Cory’s oncologist was very happy with the way Cory looked and how Cory was feeling. Cory’s liver counts are much better and Cory feels good. The Doctors started the planning for the SIR-Sphere treatment on Friday. The planning included Cory undergoing an angiogram and a test sample of beads to determine that they would be able to get the radioactive beads into the liver tumors. If these tests are acceptable then Cory will have the SIR-Sphere treatment on March 16th. We should know next week if everything checks out OK for Cory to receive the SIR-Sphere treatment. Cory will be the 2nd person with DSRCT receiving the SIR-Sphere treatment at MD Anderson. Cory will have a stint placed in one of his bile ducts in the liver on Friday, March 5th to prevent future blockage of the bile ducts. Cory will also have new scans performed on March 8th which will give us an idea of how his current treatment plan is working.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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3/4/2010

Cory will have a stint placed in one of his bile ducts in the liver tomorrow. The stint is being put in place to prevent any future blockage of the bile ducts like Cory experienced earlier this year. Cory’s cousin Brian spent this last week with us. Brian was on Spring break from school in Montana where he is attending Rocky Mountain College. Brian wanted to spend his week off from school with Cory. It has been great for Cory having Brian in town to entertain him.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

3/5/2010

The Doctors at MD Anderson attempted to place a stint into one of Cory’s bile ducts today but they were not able to get a stint in place. We will discuss future options for the bile ducts with Cory’s oncologist on Monday. Cory will also have scans on Monday and he is still scheduled for the SIR-Spheres treatment on March 16th.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

3/6/2010

Cory had to go to the emergency room last night. He became very sick and developed severe pain. Cory has been diagnosed with pancreatitis. The Doctors had told us before Cory’s procedures yesterday that pancreatitis was one of the risks of trying to put a stint in the bile ducts. We were staying across the street from MD Anderson at the Rotary House last night so we were able to get Cory to the emergency room very fast. Cory was admitted into the hospital and is now in a regular room. His pain is under control but Cory said the pain last night was the worst pain he has ever felt. The plan is to keep Cory in the hospital for a few days until the pancreas settles down and starts functioning properly.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

3/9/2010

Cory is still in the hospital. He is feeling a little better today. The CT and PET scans taken yesterday are not good. The scans show a lot of disease. We will meet with Cory’s oncologist tomorrow to determine the best treatments based on the current scans. The SIR-Sphere treatment is scheduled for next week.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

3/10/2010

Cory is feeling better today. The pancreatitis seems to have run its course and Cory was able to eat solid food today. Cory has been getting his nutrition intravenously. The Doctors are hopeful that Cory will be able to get out of the hospital on Thursday or Friday. We met with Cory’s oncologist today and reviewed Cory’s scans. The scans showed some improvement in the liver but Cory did have a new area of concern in his chest that we will need to keep an eye on. The plan is to do the SIR-Sphere treatment of the liver on March 18th and to continue with an interferon injection every week. There are no plans at this time to retry placing a stint in any of Cory’s bile ducts. Cory is in good spirits and is ready to go home.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

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3/11/2010

Cory was released from the hospital today and we are back in Pflugerville. He is tired but very happy to be home. Thank you very much for all of your prayers and support during his latest ordeal. We will be back in Houston next week for the SIR-Sphere treatment on his liver.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

3/17/2010

Cory has not been feeling well since his was released from the hospital following his bout with pancreatitis. He has very little appetite and not much energy. Cory’s weight has dropped to 111 pounds. That is approximately 90 pounds he has lost since his cancer was diagnosed. The Doctors are trying several things to increase his appetite and if his eating doesn’t improve the plan is to put a feeding tube in place. Cory received a transfusion of platelets yesterday. Cory will receive the SIR-Sphere treatment of the liver tomorrow at MD Anderson in Houston. This treatment will be done as an outpatient. We will spend the night in Houston following the treatment to make sure there are no issues and we should be able to travel home the next day. The radioactive beads they are inserting into Cory’s liver will remain radioactive for 3 days. Everyone will have to stay away from Cory for those three days because of the radiation. We are hopeful this treatment helps Cory.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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3/18/2010

The SIR-Sphere treatment is completed and Cory is back at the hotel. The Doctor just called us and said the scans show that the radioactive beads are in the liver as planned.  Cory is very tired and ready to go home. We will head home tomorrow as long as Cory is feeling well. We are hopeful this treatment will help Cory.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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3/24/2010

Cory has been feeling very good. His appetite has increased and he has gained 4 pounds this week. Cory met with his oncologist at MD Anderson today and the Doctor was very pleased with the way Cory was looking and feeling. Cory received an interferon injection today and the plan is to continue the weekly interferon injections and then have a new PET scan and CT scan on May 4th. We should be able to tell at that time how successful the SIR-Sphere treatment has been.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

4/2/2010

Cory is doing well and his appetite continues to improve. In the last week Cory only had one bad day where his pain was at a high level. Cory was able to get his interferon in Round Rock this week so we didn’t have to go Houston. It is nice to be able to spend time at home. If all goes as planned our next visit to MD Anderson will be scans on May 4th and an appointment with the radiologist on May 5th to plan and schedule full abdominal radiation.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

4/11/2010

Cory’s white blood count was low this last week and he received a Neulasta shot to help boost his white blood cell production. Cory was not able to get his Interferon injection because his counts were low and he has not had much energy and has been very tired. Cory’s appetite continues to improve and we are hopeful his energy level will pick up as his blood counts improve.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

4/21/2010

Cory has been feeling better these last few weeks. His appetite has improved and he seems to be putting on some weight. He has enjoyed being home and not having to spend as mu ch time at MD Anderson. Cory has continued the interferon treatments and has been able to get the injections in Round Rock. Cory has had a rough few months and with him feeling better we decided to all go to Seattle for a little rest and relaxation. We leave Friday morning and will spend 5 days in Seattle. Cory’s next appointment at MD Anderson is on May 4th. Cory will have new scans at that time and we will be able to tell if his treatments are helping in his fight against DSRCT.

 

Please pray for Chase Sullivan and his family. Chase is a young man from Oklahoma that passed away on April 15th from DSRCT. Chase’s funeral services are today and he had been fighting DSRCT since March of 2007. Also keep James Halstensgard in your prayers as he is scheduled for surgery at MD Anderson tomorrow. James is a young man from Minnesota that we met at Sloan-Kettering in New York City when Cory had his first surgery. James and Cory were diagnosed with DSRCT at about the same time. Also continue to pray for Cory as he continues to fight this awful disease.

 

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4/30/2010

We had a wonderful time in Seattle. We had a large group make the trip and members of our family that live in the Seattle area spent several days with us also. We had approximately 30 people at our gathering Saturday night. It was great to see everyone. The highlight of the trip for Cory was the tour of Microsoft. Cory’s cousin Scott Longstreet works for Microsoft and he gave us a tour of the facilities. What an amazing place.
We head to MD Anderson next week for scans.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

5/5/2010

We met with Cory’s oncologist at MD Anderson today and reviewed the PET scan and CT scan that were performed yesterday. The SIR-Sphere treatment on the liver that Cory received in March has been a success and the liver has had great improvement. Unfortunately Cory now has an area of cancer in his lower spine and has cancer in his sternum. Cory has had many different chemo drugs during this ordeal and will start a new combination of chemo drugs tomorrow. Cory will also start radiation Monday on the spine and sternum and will receive the radiation for two weeks. Cory’s oncologist asked us to ask for prayers for Cory and Cory’s radiologist, Dr. McAleer, because the radiation on the sternum will be difficult. Cory has not ever had good scans so he is not down about the bad news but he is very happy about his liver being better.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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5/13/2010

Cory started radiation on his sternum and his lower spine on Monday at MD Anderson. He will get 10 days of the radiation treatment. Cory will also get his chemo treatment today. Cory is feeling well this week. His blood counts are getting lower from the chemo and radiation so he will get a transfusion of red blood cells and a neulasta shot tomorrow. We have stayed with Clay and Kellie in Sugar Land this week and will next week also. Sandy stayed home this week to work so Cory and I are somewhat lost without Sandy to take care of us. Thank goodness Sandy will be with us next week.

Cory’s ex-roommate and cousin, Jenny, graduates from Texas A&M tomorrow. We will go home for the weekend to spend time with Jenny and her family as we all celebrate her accomplishment.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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5/24/2010

Cory completed 10 days of radiation treatments on his sternum and lower spine on Friday at MD Anderson. Cory also received chemo during his two weeks in Houston. Cory’s blood counts had issues during these treatments and he  received  transfusions of red blood cells three times and platelets twice. Cory is very glad to be home but is very tired and is not feeling very good. Cory will have this week off from treatments and will be back in Houston for one day next week to receive chemo. Cory should start feeling better this week as his body heals from all of his recent treatments.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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6/1/2010

Cory has been feeling better the last few days. His energy level is still very low but it has improved. Cory will have chemo at MD Anderson tomorrow. If everything goes as planned it will be a one day trip.
Sandy and I will celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary tomorrow. We will spend this special day with Cory as he continues his battle against cancer.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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6/8/2010

Cory’s chemo last week went well and we were only in Houston one day. Cory will have his next round of chemo at MD Anderson tomorrow. Cory’s energy level is still very low but he is making an effort to get out of the house for a little while every day.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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6/10/2010

Cory was unable to do chemo yesterday due to his blood counts not being good. Cory will have transfusions tomorrow as needed. Chemo is on hold now and Cory and his Doctor are considering other treatment options including a new treatment for DSRCT at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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6/14/2010

Cory had a transfusion of platelets on Friday and will meet with his oncologist at MD Anderson on Wednesday to discuss treatment options. Cory’s appetite has improved over the last few days and he is feeling a little better.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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6/24/2010

Cory is eating and feeling better. He has not had chemo in a couple of weeks and his blood counts have recovered. Cory’s scans and records have been sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and we are waiting to hear from them about potential treatments for Cory.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

7/7/2010

Cory is currently not a candidate for the new treatment at Sloan-Kettering in New York. The plan is to get more treatment at MD Anderson to get Cory to a point where the new the new treatment at Sloan-Kettering will be available in the future.  Cory is feeling and eating very well.  Cory will have new scans and an appointment with his oncologist on Monday at MD Anderson.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

7/13/2010

Cory had a PET scan at MD Anderson on Monday. The scan shows improvement since Cory’s last scan in May. The radiation treatments that Cory received on his sternum and his spine were successful and there is now no evidence of cancer in either of those two areas. Most of the other areas of Cory’s cancer also show improvement. We are currently meeting with Cory’s oncologist and other Doctors at MD Anderson to determine Cory’s next treatment options.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

7/21/2010

Cory met with Doctors Monday at MD Anderson about having an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant. If Cory decides to have this treatment the Doctors will start harvesting Cory’s stem cells in the next few weeks. Cory had a long day of chemo on Tuesday at MD Anderson and we returned home last night. Cory will be back at MD Anderson on Monday to meet with his Oncologist and to continue his chemo treatment.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

7/27/2010

Cory met with his oncologist at MD Anderson on Monday. Cory’s white blood cell count was very low due to his last chemo so Cory was given a Neulasta shot to help boost the production of his white blood cells. Cory is never happy when he gets the Neulasta shot because he will have severe bone pain for several days after he receives the shot.

For several months Cory has had a lot of fluid surrounding one of his lungs. The fluid buildup around the lung has not caused Cory any problems but the Doctors have been monitoring the fluid and have decided it is time to have the fluid removed. The current plan is to have this fluid drained from around Cory’s lung at MD Anderson next week.

Cory has been feeling good and his appetite has improved over the last several weeks.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

8/2/2010

Cory has not been feeling very good the last several days. Cory got a Neulasta shot last week to help boost his white blood cell production and his bone pain from the shot has lingered most of the week. Cory’s white blood cell count has improved after getting the Neulasta shot. Cory has an appointment with his oncologist at MD Anderson on Wednesday and on Thursday Cory will have the fluid from around one of his lungs removed. One of Cory’s lungs has been surrounded by fluid for the last couple of months and the Doctors have determined that now is a good time to have it removed before it starts causing issues. This procedure will be done as an outpatient and Cory should be able to travel home on Friday.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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8/5/2010

The Doctors were able to remove the fluid from around Cory’s lung this morning.  Only one of his lungs had been surrounded by the fluid.  Cory is having some discomfort from the procedure but is back at the hotel sleeping. I used the word discomfort but Cory said it hurts. We will head home on Friday and will be back at MD Anderson on Wednesday to start the next round of chemo.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

8/12/2010

Cory started chemo at MD Anderson yesterday. Cory has a pump he is carrying that delivers the chemo continuously. Cory will go in every day and get a new bag of the chemo drug and then will go in on Sunday afternoon and get disconnected. We are staying across the street from MD Anderson at the Rotary House. It is very convenient being close to the hospital and staying this close to the hospital keeps Cory’s anxieties very low.  Monday Cory will start getting a daily Neupogen shot to start the process of rebuilding all of his blood counts after the chemo has knocked the counts down. As the counts start to return the doctors will start the process of harvesting Cory’s stem cells. The stem cell harvesting could be completed by the end of next week or may carry over into the following week.  Cory’s doctors at MD Anderson and the doctors at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are trying to get Cory’s cancer to a point where Cory will be able to participate in the 8H9 trial at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. This trial requires the participants to have stem cells harvested so Cory will have this part of the procedure completed and the stem cells will be stored at MD Anderson.
When we met with Cory’s oncologist yesterday we were informed that the fluid drained from around one of Cory’s lungs had cancer cells in it. This is not the news that we wanted to hear but it was not totally unexpected. Once the stem cell harvest is complete Cory will have additional treatments performed on the area around this lung. Cory took this development in stride as he always does. Cory doesn’t get too down when he gets bad news and he doesn’t get too high when he gets good news. Steady and even keel seems to work for Cory.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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8/15/2010

Cory had an awful few days of chemo. The drug Cory was on was Ifosfamide and Cory said that is the last time he ever gets that drug. Cory’s oncologist stopped the chemo when the side effects hit Cory very hard.  Next week the process of building Cory’s blood counts back up will begin. We have been in Houston since Tuesday and are not sure when we will go home.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

8/20/2010

Cory had blood work at MD Anderson this morning and his white blood cell count was very low and he also had a low grade fever. Cory will be on antibiotics for the next several days in case the fever is being caused by an infection. Cory will also continue to get the neupogen shots daily to help boost his white blood cell count. Cory is having bone pain from the neupogen shots and he is very tired from the low blood counts but Cory has been through all of this many times so he is not upset nor was he surprised. The stem cell harvest will not take place on Monday as planned but should take place sometime later next week as Cory’s counts improve.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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8/23/2010

Cory is feeling better and his blood counts are coming up. Cory will have a central line put in early tomorrow morning. Once the central line is in place Cory will have his stem cells harvested as long as his blood counts are within the required parameters. This could be a one day process or it could take several days to complete the cell harvest.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

8/25/2010

Cory’s line has been put in his femoral artery but his blood counts have not been what are required to do the stem cell harvest. As soon as Cory’s blood counts are good the stem cell harvest will start.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

8/26/2010

Cory’s blood counts have not been what are required to do the stem cell harvest. The Doctors are concerned that Cory may not get the counts to what are needed and therefore will not be able to harvest stem cells. Cory has been in Houston 3 weeks and the Doctors think Cory could use a weekend at home, so we will head home tomorrow and come back for Monday appointments. Cory will have his 21st birthday tomorrow and is happy to go home for a few days.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

8/31/2010

Cory was not able to have his stem cells harvested and his central line was removed yesterday. Cory will take a couple of weeks off treatments to gain some strength and hopefully start feeling better. We are all back home and very happy to be here.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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9/9/2010

Cory is feeling better and is eating better. We took Cory to Las Vegas for his 21st birthday last weekend. We stayed at Caesar’s Palace and we saw Cirque du Soleil’s show “O” at the Bellagio. Cory loved the show and we all had a great time in Las Vegas.
Cory has appointments at MD Anderson next week. Cory’s chest has more fluid around one of his lungs and his Doctor is talking about having the fluid drained again. Cory will also start a new round of chemo.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

9/14/2010

Cory has not been feeling well the last few days and his pain has increased. Cory has appointments at MD Anderson tomorrow. Cory will have a PET scan and he may have fluid removed from around one of his lungs. He has had this fluid removed before but it has started to build back up. Cory will also start his next round of chemo.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

9/18/2010

Cory’s pain medication was changed this week and it seems to have made him feel better. Cory had a new PET scan performed at MD Anderson on Wednesday. We reviewed the scan with Cory’s oncologist later that day and the scan showed some new areas of tumor growth. Thursday Cory had the fluid drained from his chest that was around one of his lungs. This is the second time he has had this drained and we hope this will help make him feel better. Cory is home this weekend and we will go back to MD Anderson on Monday for chemo.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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10/2/2010

Cory will start two weeks of radiation on Monday at MD Anderson. The radiation will be on his abdomen and pelvis. Cory will also continue to receive chemo during this time. This is all outpatient treatment and we will be straying across the street from MD Anderson. The fluid has started building up around one of Cory’s lungs again but it is not causing him any breathing issues. Cory’s pain is better and he is having some good days but still also has some bad days. Cory’s appetite seems to have improved so everyone is hopeful that he will be able to gain some weight and strength.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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10/10/2010

Cory had chemo on Monday and then radiation Monday through Friday last week. This made Cory very tired and weak and he spent most of the time in bed at the hotel when he was not getting treatment. We came home Friday night and are headed back to Houston Sunday evening for chemo on Monday and another 5 days of radiation.
Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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10/19/2010

Cory finished his second week of radiation on his abdomen and pelvis on Friday. Saturday Cory started getting nauseated and has not been able to keep anything down since. To keep from getting dehydrated Cory got a bag of fluids on Monday at MD Anderson and another bag of fluids today at Scott & White in Round Rock. His normal nausea meds are not helping so the Doctors are trying several different meds to help him. His weight has dropped to 96 lbs. He weighed 204 pounds two years ago when this all started.

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

Jeff Monzingo posted a new journal entry.

10/24/2010

Cory is feeling better this weekend. He had a very bad week dealing with nausea. The usual meds he takes did not work well. He did not drink or eat much this last week so he went to the hospital every day to get IV fluids to keep from dehydrating. We are heading to Houston this afternoon and Cory has appointments at MD Anderson tomorrow.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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10/26/2010

Cory is feeling better. He got transfusions of platelets and red blood cells yesterday. Cory will not have any chemo this week due to his bad blood counts. Cory has tried very hard to eat these last few months but he has not been able to keep his weight up and since his weight has dropped to under 100 pounds he and his Doctor have decided to have a feeding tube put in. The feeding tube will be put in Friday.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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11/2/2010

Cory had a feeding tube put in last week. Hopefully with the tube feeding and his regular eating he will gain some weight and his nutrition will improve. We came home on Saturday and should be here for a couple of weeks to allow Cory to recover from his last chemo and radiation treatments. Cory is very tired and weak from all of his treatments. We are all very happy to be home. We have spent seven weeks in Houston since the beginning of August.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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11/15/2010

Cory has not been well the last two weeks. He is fighting nausea and sickness and has not been out of the house the last two weeks. Most days he is able to get out of bed but it is only to get to the couch. He is eating small amounts of food but has not been able to use the feeding tube due to the nausea. Cory was scheduled for appointments today at MD Anderson but is too sick to travel. We are changing his nausea medications to try and get him feeling better and will attempt to get to Houston on Wednesday. Please keep Cory in your prayers as he continues to battle this dreadful disease.

 

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11/18/2010

Cory was able to make the trip to MD Anderson yesterday and meet with his oncologist. It was determined at this meeting that Cory would not be doing any more treatment. Cory’s body is devastated by the cancer and also by all of the treatments he has received the last two years. Over the last two years Cory has had 110 days of chemo or radiation treatment and most of the chemo treatments involved several different chemo drugs. Cory has also had many smaller procedures and had two major surgeries, one surgery lasting 8.5 hours and the other lasting 12.5 hours. All of these treatments, procedures, and surgeries have lengthened Cory’s life but he is just not able to do any more. We are currently setting up hospice care for Cory. We do not know how much time Cory has remaining, it could be a short time but it could be months. Cory is eating better and is hoping to start feeling better where he can get out and enjoy life. We will all continue to cherish and enjoy each day.

 

Keep Cory in your prayers.

 

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11/25/2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We are having a large crowd at the house today for lunch. Cory has been feeling better the last couple of days and we are hopeful he will have a great Thanksgiving. God Bless you all and thank you for all of the kind words and prayers this last week.

Keep Cory in your Prayers.

 

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12/8/2010

Three weeks ago Cory went into Hospice care since there were no longer any treatments that could be done to help him. We were hopeful that Cory might have several months remaining to enjoy without treatments. That does not appear to be what the future holds for Cory. Cory’s health has deteriorated greatly this week and he may not have much time left with us.  Please keep Cory and his family in your prayers.

 

 

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12/15/2010

Cory passed away early this morning surrounded by his loved ones. Cory is no longer suffering. May he rest in peace.

I will update about his funeral arrangements later.

Please keep Cory and all of us in your prayers.

 

 

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12/16/2010

Cory Douglas Monzingo

Cory Douglas Monzingo of Pflugerville, Texas passed away December 15th, 2010 at the age of 21 after a two year battle with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT). Cory was an inspiration to those that walked this road with him. He understood the unfairness of this dreadful disease but he never complained or allowed bitterness to enter his life. Cory chose happiness each day and continued to live life to the fullest in spite of much suffering and great hardships.
Cory was born on August 27, 1989 in Victoria, Texas and graduated from Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas in 2007. Cory was attending Texas A&M University studying economics and was a proud member of the class of 2011.
Cory was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Doug Monzingo and Dean Dabbs and by his uncle Alan Monzingo.
Cory is survived by his parents, Jeff and Sandy Monzingo of Pflugerville, Texas, brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Kellie Monzingo of Sugar Land, Texas, grandmothers, Kay Monzingo of Pflugerville, Texas and Emma Dabbs of Norman, Oklahoma and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Serving as pallbearers are Travis Pilat, Allen Jarzombek, Nick Novosad, Trey Bryan, Travis Dorsett, Eric Dabbs, John Jazesf and Chris Leal.
The family would like to thank all of Cory’s caregivers at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Scott & White Hospital, and Angel Heart Hospice. The care and love Cory received will never be forgotten.