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    Catherine Poole
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    Jonathan just had his second PD1 infusion in Jacksonville. He’s jet setting these days (Nashville every few weeks previously) and now Jacksonville. Hoping and praying for a good response to the second infusion! Please send your thoughts his way. (and to Francoise too!)

    #64553
    rochelle
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    Catherine,

    Thanks for the update on Jonathan…Hi Jonathan and Francoise!!! Safe travels and be well!!

    Martha

    #64554
    Dick_K
    Participant

    Jonathan,

    Best of luck. (By the way, there are better ways to accumulate air miles.)

    Dick

    #64555
    jamesa
    Participant

    Catherine,

    Thank you for the update on Jonathan.

    How is his overall health since getting out of the hospital?

    I hope that PD1 side effects are mild for him. Jonathan has been through enough.

    Jonathan, I am praying that PD1 is going to bring you to a NED status.

    Hang in there my friend,

    James

    #64556
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Good luck Jonathan!!

    How do you feel?

    Jeff

    #64557
    Jonathan
    Participant

    Hi folks,

    Thanks for all the support – truth is, I need it right now. With Catherine’s help, I did get on the Merck anti-PD1 3 weeks ago (second infusion this past Thursday) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, and a scan that was done about a week after the first infusion was interpreted by my oncologist, Mario Sznol, as already showing signs of a good response (one tumor shrank by 2 or 3 mm and looks necrotic, no signs of other progression). Let’s hope that continues!

    The problem is that it’s late – if the anti-PD1 works, it will have been in the nick of time, since I’ve got a lot of small bowel tumors that are causing blockages and vomiting issues – this really started being a problem in January. This finally led to me being hospitalized at Yale for 18 days, and I ended up with a tube to my stomach for venting anything I take by mouth (only clear liquids) and only being “fed” by IV at night (TPN for the knowledgeable). I’m very weak as a result of the long hospitalization, but now pain free since release on Tuesday, and with no more blockages or vomiting episodes, and just beginning to begin recovery, which the nurses etc estimate will take a month (who knows when I will ever eat normally, however). There has been some talk about surgery to take out the worst tumors, but I think the right decision is not to go there.

    While the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is a fine and impressive institution, I hope never to have to go there again (Yale certainly should have the EAP going in 3 more weeks!!) – this trip the past 2 days was extremely difficult, but made possible by wheelchairs at the airports and lots of love and caring from Francoise. So now we’re home, recuperating – just had our first haircuts in a looong time.

    Best,

    Jonathan

    #64558
    Annieo
    Participant

    Best wishes to you Jonathan,

    Anne

    #64559
    jamesa
    Participant

    Jonathan,

    Thank you so much for your update.

    I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. I am glad you did not “sugar coat” it. It is important that we all know you need our support and prayers.

    I hope you continue to feel better and start getting your infusions at Yale. Travel must be grueling for you even though you are a “jet setter” 8-) ( Nashville, Jacksonville)

    As always, my prayers and positive thoughts are with you.

    Stay well my friend,

    James

    #64560
    Nancy Dowding
    Participant

    Jonathan, I’m so sorry to hear all you are going through. Wishing you a speedy recovery and LOTS MORE shrinkage. Hang in there!

    Nan in Nebraska

    #64561
    Steven
    Participant

    Hi Jonathan

    Best wishes for quick healing. Here’s to Merck and Yale doing their parts!

    Steven

    #64562
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Jonathan has again hit some rough spots and was in the hospital for care. Hopefully he’s home now and preparing to travel for this third infusion of Pd1. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

    #64563
    Francoise
    Participant

    Unfortunately, Jonathan is still in the hospital. He was supposed to be released today, but we are not sure at the moment.

    The good news is that Yale is now open for the EAP trial (although it is already full), and he is scheduled to get his 3rd infusion there next Thursday rather than in Florida.

    Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

    Françoise (Jonathan’s wife)

    #64564
    rochelle
    Participant

    Francoise,

    Thinking of you both…please tell Jonathan I was asking for him…

    Martha

    #64565
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Oh that is great news Francoise! I’m so happy you can stay put for the infusion and not travel to Jacksonville. I hope so much it revs up the immune system and beats the melanoma back. Take good care of yourself too! My best to Jonathan.

    #64566
    msue5
    Participant

    Jonathan I hope you are doing better. After inserting hundreds of NG tubes during my nursing carrer I recently had the tables turned and had 1 after my surgery 3 wks ago. I was asleep when they inserted it but like any good nurse/ bad patient I pulled it out in recovery room and had it reinserted while awake. Now I know why all those patients had tears running down their face during the insertion of one. Francoise you are an amazing caretaker as is my husband. He often says how helpless he feels. Caretakers are vastly under appreciated and in my opinion have the most difficult job. Hope things are going better and the Anti PD 1 does it’s magic.

    Mary Sue

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