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NYC Poke

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My brother has been battling cancer, nasopharangeal cancer, sort of directly behind the hangy-down thing in his throat near the brain stem.

He's been through a full course of radiation/chemo and we thought the cancer was gone, but it wasn't. So we had to start taking him down to MD Anderson. I'll may or may not fill in the gory details as I feel emotionally ready, but this has been incredibly difficult to watch. I can't even imagine what he is going through.

I called my mom a bit ago, and she couldn't even talk on the phone other than to say it was "bad news." My brother called me a bit later to fill me in.

Not only have they not been able to contain the cancer, but it is spreading aggressively. There is no timeline as of now, but these types of things tend to progress pretty rapidly. He'll be dead soon and he knows it.

He seems in pretty good spirits about it. We've all known the score from the beginning of this ordeal, and nobody has had more time to contemplate his demise than my brother. I'm afraid if it were me I'd find it all-consuming. As of now I don't know if we're talking weeks, months, a year, or what.

He said in a way it's a little liberating. He no longer has to plan for the future. He's cashing out his 401k and using the money to build the most badass home PC imaginable, something he's always wanted to do.

My mom has always been one of those hard-headed people who think that anything is possilbe if they just try and work hard enough. This attitude has gotten her far in life, but it makes something like this all the more devastating for her. I'm sure on some level she's blaming herself.

I'm not sure exactly what's in store, but I'm sure it won't be pleasant for any of us. Please remember us in your prayers, because we could all use the help.

Russ
 

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I'm so sorry to hear that man, I can't even imagine what you and your family are going through. Your brother and your family are in my prayers. Don't give up, God is good and can do amazing things. Not trying to pry or anything, but does your brother know Jesus?
 

NYC Poke

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I'm so sorry to hear that man, I can't even imagine what you and your family are going through. Your brother and your family are in my prayers. Don't give up, God is good and can do amazing things. Not trying to pry or anything, but does your brother know Jesus?
Yes he does. We don't wear it on our sleeves but we are a religious family. The first call I made after I talked with my brother was to our preacher.
 

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Yes he does. We don't wear it on our sleeves but we are a religious family. The first call I made after I talked with my brother was to our preacher.
That's very good to hear. "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
 

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NYC Poke you and your family are in my prayers. My mom is currently going through chemo for brain cancer so I can identify what you are going though and how it can affect your family.
 

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NYC Poke you and your family are in my prayers. My mom is currently going through chemo for brain cancer so I can identify what you are going though and how it can affect your family.
It's frustrating, isn't it? The ups and downs are ruthless.

I waved him off to Houston with high hopes. He looks and is feeling better than he has been in months. I'm not going to cry "Unfair!" because such is life and them's the breaks. I just wish I knew what to do.
 

NYC Poke

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NYC Poke you and your family are in my prayers. My mom is currently going through chemo for brain cancer so I can identify what you are going though and how it can affect your family.
I know the suffering my brother is going through, and one of the things they were always concerned about was the tumor's proximity to his brain. I don't know what your mom is going through, but I can imagine, which mainly means I have no doubt that it causes suffering that I can only imagine. You never know what it's going to do.

You have my prayers backatcha.
 

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Prayers sent. I'm sick about what your brother and your family have to battle. Hang in there.
 

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I'm so sorry to you and your family NYC, that's just terrible. If you don't mind me asking, how old is your brother and how was this detected to begin with?