Category: Medical

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09.04.2014 update.: http://youtu.be/3ReXDYYWqes

We are at MD Anderson today for a round of test. So far blood work and bone scans have been taken care of.

We are getting a little bit of rain and having a good day. Today the on location support staff consist of Kendra, and Mom & Dad. The off location crew is too big to mention.  We thank all of you and keep you in our prayers.

Derrick.

Anti Cancer

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Kendra is reading this book and we are very impressed.  Dr. Servan-Schreiber address questions we have kicked around for the last year or so.
Two years ago I bought Kendra a Blend Tech blender for her birthday.  We started using it and really like it. A year into ownership we saw the documentary Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead. I immediately started whole jucing. Breakfast changed from cereals or eggs to blended green mush. In 8 months I went from 250 pounds to 225. Churning up smoothies enabled me to ingest vegetables I never thought I could eat.
Enter Cancer
So after our little Sophie was born in November 2013 I started having hip issues. The doctors could not pinpoint what it was until I had an MRI this August.
Diagnosis = Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. That is the trash collection system in your body. They say it is twice the size of your blood circulation system.  I don’t really know because I have never measured either system.
My lymph system is in overdrive and the number 1 cause is toxins in my body. Enter the greener than green smoothies. Everything this book says is good for me is being blended and helping me to cleanse my systems. So all organic and all sorts of veggies I have stayed away from my entire life. One day I will get back to smoothies that taste good, but for now these are medicinal in nature. My juice fast has brought me down to 196 pounds. I have not weighed this little since 1995.
My wife is awesome for me
I really appreciate Kendra tackling so much right now. We went shopping for more organic goods last night and I was amazes by her knowledge of how to get me well.
This is also my 2nd day without Advil. I slept great but have been reminded today my hip is jacked up. Tomorrow we travel for blood work I look forward to the road trip with my beautiful family.
Go Team

And the winner is

Lymphoma

So that is the answer we should have had on Wednesday of this week. Good news is all the supplements and and veggies have been putting down are great for what I have.  Now that we have a diagnosed issue we can start to treat it.  We still don’t know if its non-Hodgkin’s or Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Thats all I got right now folks. I’m off to research and eat more vegetables. I have tossed away my taste-buds and eat for health. Health = time and time beats taste any day of the week.

So now when we are praying we asking to cure me of Lymphoma.

God bless,

Derrick Perrin

Blood Test

Test, test, 1,2,3…. is this thing working? With my recent medical scans and fanfare I have been poked and prodded quite a bit. The doctor who performed my biopsy tried to sooth my by telling me the needle was small and wouldn’t hurt much. I could care less. I told him “Hell buddy use a bigger one if it helps you out because pain is not the issue today its this tumor” Now is the time to put aside pain and problems. I just want answers. I want to know how to cure it and how to eat right.

The past week I have said good by to a number of unhealthy items in my diet. All meat is now organic. Same goes for vegetables.  I’m also taking out all wheat or products that contain gluten. Refined sugars are also far far away from my diet. In a quest to tune my diet for me and my blood type I’m searching for an in-depth look at what makes me tick. To make this happen I will be vising a lab in San Antonio called “ANY LAB TEST NOW® | San Antonio, TX
This will tell me what fruits and vegetables are best for me and the ones I need to stay away from. I have always thought I was allergic to broccoli and avocados. After the lab gets my blood they will tell me if I’m just being a sissy about eating great vegetables. I have a feeling I will be found wrong and I will bite the bullet or bite the broccoli soon.

Is what you are eating helping or hurting you?

That is what it all comes down to. Are the things I put into my body going to help me fight or fight my work. By eliminating allergens and processed crap from my diet I plan to continue the healing process the best I can.

Hurdles and tripwires

Hurry up and wait is the name of the game

So a week ago I get the word I have a tumor in my right hip. We swallow that information down and rally together to take on the world. When I had the tumor biopsied last week and the word on the street was Wednesday was the day to find out what type of tumor it was. I had been given 3 options and none of them were particularly pleasant. So after a whirlwind day of completing projects and chores and various other items we got a few hours sleep and headed into Houston to find results and what can be done now.

From the few days before to the minutes and seconds it takes you to walk into the office the same things are on your mind:

What is it, How do we get rid of it, and What must I do so it never comes back?

After a short consultation, if you can call it that, with the doctor we found out the biopsy results had not come back. We were no closer to an answer than when we left the facility last Friday. There was just a huge sinking feeling in the room quickly replaced by anger. Why did we come all this way? Why did family take off work? Why are our little munchkins tormenting out brother and sister-in-law’s house for no apparent reason? I taking that it’s just God’s way of rubbing us a bit raw so we can become stronger to get over anything.

So where do we go from here

Monday I will have blood work done at the Sebring Clinic – Dr. Lane Sebring, MD. This will start to tell me what to do and what my work great for my blood type. When we do get the results back from MD Anderson that will be by phone.

Sorry that there is not more information at this point. We would have really liked to be on a schedule or at least know what type we are dealing with.
We appreciate the continued prayers and messages. They really help!
Derrick Perrin

Great M.D. Anderson Trip

Hey there fans!


Thanks again for all your support. On Thursday I went to Wimberley, Texas and met an amazing doctor who has us taking our green smoothie diet and super charged it to the max. Let me put it in perspective. I have done anything to get away from Broccoli for the past 32 years. Today I put some in my breakfast smoothie. So after getting out of his office we changed plans (we have been doing a lot of that lately). We got the call from M.D. Anderson that everything started at 7:00am and went from there.

Blood work was then followed up with a needle biopsy. That is the process of using a needle to remove some effected bone. That bone would be ass bone. Everyone at the hospital was great and if they liked my jokes and sarcasm or not they laughed and shared great smiles.  Andy Peal also showed up to push my wheelchair around. Thanks for being there man. You have always been family.

Andy Peal helping out

 

 

Wednesday is the day

We will be going back to Houston and talking with the doctors and finding out what this hip limp is all about. Its simply amazing that I got into M.D. Anderson on day cancer day 3.

Thanks again for all the prayers. I know there are a lot of you who have offered a lot. We thank you for all that. We have more than we need right now, but you will be needed in the future.

Prayers-
Derrick Perrin

Day 4 Morning Update

We made it to M.D. Anderson in Houston this morning. Thursday fit in with this week keeping the hectic theme in place.

So I visited with a doctor in Wimberley on Thursday. Kendra the three kids and my mom were there for that outing. In the afternoon we got the call to be in Houston at 7am. So here I sit waiting for lab work. Later today I’m set to have a biopsy of my hip tumor. Wednesday of next week I’m back here in Houston for the results.

Thanks for the prayers
-Derrick Perrin

Big Bend Nations Park - The Window

I Have

Well folks I just wanted to let you know what I have.

Perrin Family at Sophie's Birth

Perrin Family at Sophie’s Birth

I have an amazing family

I have friends that just wont stop (even if you want them)

I have people praying for me that I have never met

I have doctors scheduling and waiting for my arrival at M.D. Anderson (sometime in the next few days)

And I have a God who created me and knows the what, where, and how of everything around me.

I also have a tumor in my right hip/pelvis area that showed up on my MRI last week.  So if I have ever been a pain in your ass the favor has been returned and I now have a pain in my ass.  On great days I walk with a limp.  The MRI/CT Scan report came back saying,

“Given the patient’s age and appearance, differential considerations would be led with multiple myeloma/plasmacytoma, lymphoma or sarcoma.”

So yea if none of those sound fun it is because they are not. After speaking with Gloria Ragan she said the blood work is steering away from sarcoma. She lost her son to Osteosarcoma this past year and has been an amazing resource. Her son James was simply amazing and although I only knew him for 2 years and being 16 year younger he had an amazing perspective on life and is a role model on how to treat others. Jams, thank your for sharing a part of your live with me.

Today if you ask me how I’m doing you can expect me to start crying. I don’t think its because I’m stopping to think about what we are facing, but the fact everyone is showing me so much love and compassion. I would have never expected it in a million years.

Giant Letters spelling LOVE

I feel like I don’t deserve it, but I thank you so much for all the love in support. As I’m writing this now I have to stop, wipe tears, and blow the nose.

I’m ready to start this fight and I know I have one hell of a team around me. I will try to keep you posted with the progress and how things are going.

Thanks for the prayers

-Derrick

MRI

Today I had an MRI to find out what is going on with my hip. I have had some pain and muscular issues for a few months now.

I also had a cortisone injection for extra fun. They man giving me the shot was great. No pain at all.

I look forward to getting my results and getting my leg back to normal.

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