Tuesday, June 16, 2009

C-DAY + 361 Almost one year!

Well it has been almost a year since this Cancer trip started!

My parents are having a big party/benifet this Saturday 20 JUN 2009 from 4:00pm -12:00 pm at the AMVETS Hall. $20.00 all the food and beer is paid for, also DJ and live band. Should be a good time. If you want more info just e-mail me:

Paul@coverdell.net


I am proceeding with the only current treatment available for
"Choroidal Melanoma". The original tumor in the left eye was treated
with a surgical option in August 2008, we are very pleased with the
progress in the eye, the loss of vision is about 80 %. I have
completed 3 of the 4 trips for adjuvant Chemotherapy in San Diego. Each trip has
resulted in more side effects as the effects of Chemo are cumulative. The final trip has been postponed 3 times do to very low blood counts.
After completion of the last trip there is no guarantee that the Cancer
will not spread. I will continue to get Full Body CT/PET scans every
4 months for the next 2 years.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

C-day +326 Feel better no drugs

Quick update...

It is not a lot of fun, the IV Chemo (cisplatin) and the Tamoxifen knocks me down for about a week and then the 50mg Sutent really starts to work wonders on my mouth for the next 2 weeks. Apparently I may be pregnant, bloating, nausia, fatigue, etc... Facial hair is completely white and most of the hair on my legs has fallen out. So life is good. Halfway home now.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

C-day +311

Hey,

Well a guess this is what happens, I know I should be posting more, but I have not be feeling well the last week.

The second time is a bit worse that the first, we flew back Thursday and I worked Friday and Saturday. I am hoping to start feeling better tomorrow.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

C-day +305 Back in San Diego (Chemo Round 2)

Hey,

Jen and I are in San Diego, Everything is going as planned. The weather has been nice 65F - 70F. I will post some photos and video later today.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

C-day +297 Raffle Drawing

Thanks,

The winners of the Raffle were Josh Jarvis and Barb Hedge....

Enjoy the Video... It was fun! Thanks...



Cheers,

EyeCandy

Monday, March 30, 2009

C-day +296 Last Day of Chemo #1

Ok, I know I should have posted more! I will do better.

So today was the last day of SUTENT (Oral Chemo), I now get 7 days with no drugs. I did get really sick 2 weeks ago, but it only lasted for about 3 days. The rest of the time I have been doing pretty good, just really tired. The worst side effect has been a really sore mouth. I also have "splinter Hemorrages" under my fingernails, it does look like a bunch of splinters. The good news is that this is a sign that the SUTENT is working.

We willing be drawing the winning raffle ticket tomorrow, I plan to post the video tomorrow evening. Good Luck to everyone.... And Thank You!

I will do much better with the updates....

Jen and I fly to San Diego next Monday to start round 2.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

C-day +281 Not feeling so SASSY!

My first day home started out good, Jen and I took Kya to the park jogged a couple of miles. Then I took the poison. The rest of the day involved me sitting or laying in the same place. So we are going to try a different approach today. I helped get Jen and the Girls off to Church, and had a bowl of oatmeal. I will wait about an hour before taking the drugs. Then the plan is to take Kya and the girls over to the dog park for a nice walk vs running.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Friday, March 13, 2009

C-day +279 HOME

Made it home with a little help from "Jane and the ladies at American Airlines desk" Thanks for the help. Flight was uneventful, the girls seemed overjoyed to have me home.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

C-day +279 Going Home Today

Hey,

Still doing pretty good, few rough spots, but all is well. Here is a fun video from facebook. I hope the flights are ok. Thanks "Kathy Weber" for the pointer on gallon ziplocks.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

C-day +278 Chemo trip video

C-day +278 Almost Done

It is 18 hours after last IV ... Nausia meds are outstanding.... I had some food after and then sleep for about 5-6 hours. I just dropped Steve off at the airport. I have to go get one more injection and then I am all done. Thanks to everyone for the well wishes.


Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

C-day +277 Chemo Day

Just got the IV in..... Still feeling pretty good.... Heres a video, I am planning to update all day.





video

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

C-day +276 Chemo Day

Today first day of all 3 chemo drugs together. The session for the IV cisplatin went very well. I am back at the hotel resting. I have noticed a few little things, but feel pretty good. It is 21:00 (09:00 pm), and I have not gottten sick yet. I am going to try and live broadcast the chemo session tomorrow.

Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts!

I expect to suffer a bit tomorrow, I will keep you informed.

Cheers,

Eyecandy (Paul)

C-day +275 First Chemo Drugs...

I met Dr. McClay today, visit went well.

(I will write more about this soon)


I was able to pick up my $8,000 bag of drugs for this month. Had to hurry back to the hotel and lock them in the safe. I started taking the first coarse of Tamoxifen today it is (4- 20mg pills 2 times each day). I felt a little off, but seemed to feel fine around 20:00 (08:00 pm).

I start the IV - Cisplatin tomorrow at 13:00 (01:00 pm). The Cisplatin only takes one hour, but it will be followed with a few hours of fluids.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

C-day +264 Fun Videos!!!!!!!

How about a little Fun!!!!

Paul as Tarzan......


video

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

C-day +262 Chemo Start

Hey,

The start of CHEMO treatments in San Diego have been postponed until 7 March. No, problems just a scheduling decision.

If you have any questions, just make a comment or send me an E-mail.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Friday, February 20, 2009

C-day +258 Packing my bags...for San Diego

Well, it looks like I am in the clinical trial in San Diego!

I am planning to leave a week from Monday.

Cheers,

EyeCandy, (Paul)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

C-day +256 Blood looks good!

Blood test are all normal!

My mom came for dinner, I informed her that I prefer to travel to San Diego alone the first time. I know she is disappointed, but I think it is best. I will just get the Chemo and go back to my hotel and deal with any side effects. This will save money for a "rainy day". Jen seams OK with this. So I will start the travel plans tomorrow.

Yesterday, Scott our mail man stopped by and gave us 100 Cd's of Christian Rock music that he recorded, he is really good.

Then the post-master called and wants to see if the local lions club can help. People have really been amazing. Thanks again........

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

C-day +255 Scan Results

Brain MRI and Full Body PET / CT came back clean..... It was then off to my GP to get the final blood and urine tests.

Things are coming together......

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Have a nice day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

C-day +255 Scan Day

Brain MRI and full body PET/CT scans, 6+ Hours of waiting and scanning... Good Times.. No results Maybe tomorrow.

Cheers,

EyeCandy (Paul)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

C-day +250

Left to right ( Kylie, Mackenzie, Paul, Emma, Jennifer, Keira)

Coverdell Cancer Fund
My Name is Paul Coverdell, I have "Choriodial Melenoma" (EyeCancer). I my cancer is the very aggresive form, 5 year outlook is very poor.
Current Fundraising to help with expences associated with treatment, We will be selling raffle tickets for $10.00. The prize will be a one person hand painted oil painting.

I will continue to update this page as we get the ball rolling.
By Raffle Tickets online:

Current treatment status: 11 FEB 2009

Eye Tumor continues to shrink, surgery 1 AUG 2008.

Brain MRI and full body PET/CT scans, and blood test, Monday 16, Febuary 2009. If all scans are clean (no current metatasis), I will procede with the Clinical Trail in San Diego.

Clinical Trail in San Diego 4 month's 28 day cycle 2 oral chemo drugs, and IV Cisplantin chemo. I will be flying from St. Louis to San Diego 4 times staying in San Diego 3 -5 Days, of coarse longer if I get to sick from the treatment.

Thanks,

The Coverdell Family!
Email - paul@coverdell.net

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

C-day +236 Lucky Guy

I have been accepted in to the medical trial in San Diego:)

Still playing insurance games.

I would like to thank all my friends and family for your continued support.

It appears that the next 4 months of Chemo are going to suck....but I still
hold out hope that I will tolerate the drugs well.

Cheers,

Paul

Monday, January 12, 2009

C-Day +220

Well,It's been 220 day's since everything changed. Here's the update.

1. Eye surgery went perfect 1 Aug 2008

2. DNA test show loss of one copy of Chromosome 3, as of this date loss of chromosome 3 signifies 100% chance of metastasis to the liver, no one has ever survived choroidal melanoma with metastasis to the liver. Guess I will have to be the first.

3. My best calculations show me paying between $170,000 to about $260,000 dollars in the last 18.5 years for medical insurance, yet I have to spend hours each week talking to providers about this form and that. The biggest pisser is you can't talk to the medical review board, no you get to talk to "Pat" or "Ebony" or "Jane". It is kind of fun to call 2 or 3 times a day just to see how different the information provided can be.

4. I spend about 30 hours per week researching treatment options, cancer news, insurance info.

5. If the Cancer doesn't get me, there is a good chance that the stress will.

6. So my advice is DONT GET CANCER.......

7. If you do, Read Read Read, Knowledge is power, I hope to be accepted into a medical trail San Diego, 4 months of Chemo, at least I should be thin for summer.

Cheers,

Paul