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The Hellion Passed Away #192105
03-26-2016 09:58 PM
03-26-2016 09:58 PM
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When I first joined OCF I was like most people, scared, overwhelmed, and had no idea what was to follow. I struck up a penpal relationship with Hellion, we had a lot in common. Same age, same cancer starting exactly the same chemo/rad treatment on the same day. So all our chemo sessions, follow up scans etc, were on the same schedule. We called ourselves cancer brothers, and we swapped dozens of emails over the past couple of years.

He was always so optimistic and supportive, and pushed me forward when I just wanted to give up. After treatment my PET came back clear, his didn't. He fought on with on all the way, participating in trials in experimental treatment. They had good news a couple of weeks ago that the brain lesion had almost completely resolved, and things were looking up. But it had spread to his liver and he went downhill quickly. After a couple of days in a hospice he passed away on 26 March.

He has an amazing wife and family, they are in my prayers again tonight.


Cheers, Dave (OzMojo)
19Feb2014 Diagnosed T2N2bM0 P16+ve SCC Tonsil.
31Mar2014 2 Cisplatin, 70gy over 7 weeks (completed 16May2014)
11August2014 PET/CT clear.
17July2019 5 years NED.
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192106
03-27-2016 02:09 AM
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I was worried after not hearing from him that things weren't good. I am deeply saddened by this news. I learned so much from him as I learned about my own mets to the lungs. His never give up attitude has been an inspiration. I have the sadness of losing another friend, the anger that this cancer has taken another person away from their family, and some fear because I know the road I am on is the same that he and many others on this board travelled to the end.

Bless his family and my prayers will be focused on them tonight.


Jeff - 41yrs old/previous smoker
SCC buccal mucosa/jaw bone Stage 4
Nov '14 Partial Mandibulectomy with fibula flap, neck dissection
Jan '15 Rads x35 Cisplatin x2
Apr '15 PET/CT concerning area Follow up MRI no mass.
July '15 PET/CT 11mm nodule in right lower lobe the lung.
Oct '15 PET/CT right lung nodule 3cm mass also new left lung nodules
Nov '15 erbitux
Mar '16 CT tumors are growing again, waiting on next step
June'16 hospice had 3 Opdivo infusions trying to regain health
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192107
03-27-2016 04:07 AM
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David, thank you for sharing this sad news with us. I had feared he wasnt well with being absent for so long.

My deepest condolences to his friends and family. The Hellion is now free from pain and suffering. Rest in peace.


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192108
03-27-2016 04:14 AM
03-27-2016 04:14 AM
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I can't put into words the sadness I feel. After John passed, Hellion said he was the next warrior to step up to continue the fight. I was hoping his indomitable spirit would carry him through. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

My deepest condolences to his lovely wife and family. RIP dear friend.


Gloria
She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails... Elizabeth Edwards

Wife to John,dx 10/2012, BOT, HPV+, T3N2MO, RAD 70 gy,Cisplatinx2 , PEG in Dec 6, 2012, dx dvt in both legs after second chemo session, Apr 03/13 NED, July 2013 met to lungs, Phase 1 immunotherapy trial Jan 18/14 to July/14. Taxol/carboplatin July/14. Esophagus re-opened Oct 14. PEG out April 8, 2015. Phase 2 trial of Selinexor April to July 2015. At peace Jan 15, 2016.
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192110
03-27-2016 08:36 AM
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This is very sad news for a beautiful easter morning. My thoughts are with his family. His courage was an inspirion to us all. RIP Hellion.
Maria


CG to husband - SCC Tonsil T1N2M0 HPV+ Never Smoker
First symptoms 7/2010, DX 12/2010
TX 40 IRMT (1.8 gy) + 10 Cetuximab
PET Scans 6/2011 + 3/2012 clear, 5 year physical exam clear; chest CT's clear of cancer. On thyroid pills. Life is good.
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192112
03-27-2016 12:01 PM
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Sad news to read, we've lost another strong member of the family. Thoughts to his family.


David 2
SCC of occult origin 1/09 (age 55)| Stage III TXN1M0 | HPV 16+, non-smoker, moderate drinker | Modified radical neck dissection 3/09 | 31 days IMRT finished 6/09 | Hit 10 years all clear in 6/19 | Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome kicked in a few years after treatment and has been progressing since | Prostate cancer diagnosis 10/18
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192113
03-27-2016 12:22 PM
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RIP , so very sad news, thinking of Hellions family and friends. X


Di 47 none smoker / drinker

T4 SCC left tonsil
1 Cistplatin,30 RAD finished treatment on 4/12/2013
Trismus
First MRI scan appears clear
TX
NG tube 9 weeks
acute vommiting, syringe driver 9weeks
2 month checks
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192114
03-27-2016 01:55 PM
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I'm really saddened to hear this. May Hellion rest in peace.


10/09 T1N2bM0 Tonsil
11/09 Taxo Cisp 5-FU, 6 Months Hosp
01/11 35 IMRT 70Gy 7 Wks
06/11 30 HBO
08/11 RND PNI
06/12 SND PNI LVI
08/12 RND Pec Flap IORT 12 Gy
10/12 25 IMRT 50Gy 6 Wks Taxo Erbitux
10/13 SND
10/13 TBO/Angiograph
10/13 RND Carotid Remove IORT 10Gy PNI
12/13 25 Protons 50Gy 6 Wks Carbo
11/14 All Teeth Extract 30 HBO
03/15 Sequestromy Buccal Flap ORN
09/16 Mandibulectomy Fib Flap Sternotomy
04/17 Regraft hypergranulation Donor Site
06/17 Heart Attack Stent
02/19 Finally Cancer Free Took 10 yrs






Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192121
03-27-2016 11:01 PM
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This is heart breaking news.
Much sympathy and aroha to his Family. RIP Hellion.
Tammy


Caregiver/advocate to Husband Kris age 59@ diagnosis
DX Dec '10 SCC BOT T4aN2bM0 HPV+ve.Cisplatin x3 35 IMRT.
PET 6/11 clear.
R) level 2-4 neck dissection 8/1/11 to remove residual node - necrotic with NED
Feb '12 Ca back.. 3/8/12 total glossectomy/laryngectomy/bilat neck dissection/partial pharyngectomy etc. clear margins. All nodes negative for disease. PEG in.
March 2017 - 5 years disease free. Woohoo!
Re: The Hellion Passed Away [Re: OzMojo] #192125
03-28-2016 04:20 PM
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My deepest condolences. Semper-Fi Bob


Bob age 57, non smoker,non drinker, ended treatment on 11 Nov 2007 and started back to work on 29 Nov 2007. Veterans Day 2012 the Battle was lowered, folded, Taps was played and the Flag buried as I am know a 5 year survivor. Semper-FI !!!
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