I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for your continued support and thoughtful comments during my fight against cancer that started in 2013.
As most of you know, I was recently diagnosed with Advanced Stage IV Melanoma Cancer, which means that it has spread to other parts in my body. In order to prolong my life, Teresa and I have decided to take part in a clinical trial, combined with a FDA-approved chemo treatment. I begin treatment this Friday, August 11.
Since 2013, my cancer has spread from Stage III to Stage IV (2016) to Advanced Stage IV, only giving me about a year in remission between each treatment. To say the least, this fight is going to be a tough one.
However, my focus is to not only fight like hell, but to fight for Teresa even more. This time around, I am taking the necessary steps to make sure she has the support and benefits...in case this cancer takes my life. Also, I just want to lessen the burden on Teresa, who serves as my primary caregiver during my treatments. She is an amazing helpmate, wife, and best friend. But she cannot do it all – especially during this time as we undergo a clinical trial (I just do not know what the side effects are going to do to me).
Call to Arms: “Alex Fighting Brigade”
Before I start treatment this Friday, I’d like to ask for your support. I’ve prepared the following “Sign-up” schedules for transportation, meal delivery, and visitation:
- Alex's Chemo Treatment Schedule – anyone can go to https://goo.gl/S3TdFV and fill out the treatment schedule sign up list. All they have to do is type their name, email, and phone number in the corresponding day/date/time row.
- Alex's Meal Delivery – anyone can go to https://goo.gl/hHbcsF and fill out the meal delivery schedule. They can also use “Take Them A Meal” located at http://www.takethemameal.com/index.php. You can sign up by typing "HARRINGTON" in the RECIPIENT LAST NAME box and "Fighter" in the PASSWORD box.
- Visitation Schedule – anyone can go to https://goo.gl/fpCaVm to sign up to visit on a Saturday following each infusion session.
Also, the following link provides some good information about how to help someone who has cancer: http://www.cancer.net/coping-with-cancer/talking-with-family-and-friends/supporting-friend-who-has-cancer.
Again, thank you for your continued support and thoughtful comments during my fight against cancer that started in 2013.