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Organizer: Wendy Edge Beneficiary: Frank Edge

On June 29, 2011 my husband was told the hardest news anyone could be told. He was told, "I believe you have cancer". He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in it's late stages. He was put on a...

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On June 29, 2011 my husband was told the hardest news anyone could be told. He was told, "I believe you have cancer". He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in it's late stages. He was put on a chemotherapy regimen called BEP and fought the biggest struggle of his life and won....or so we thought. He has again been diagnosed with re-occuring testicular cancer and has now been put on a second chemotherapy regimen called TIP and will have to do this therapy inpatient at the local hospital. He finished TIP and we have since found out that his oncologist cannot cure him and has referred him to Dana Farber in Boston. We are not sure what is going to happen. We are told the next step is a double stem cell transplant that includes high dose chemotherapy. Frank will have to be in boston for a month each time this happens. There is no guarantee this will work however he was told he has no other options. He has not been given any type of disability while he is unable to work. He walks back and forth to his chemotherapy appointments and fights a harder struggle living on a third floor. Being able to drive to the clinic, live on a first floor, and be able to pay all bills associated with this fight is something that will help Frank. The state that Frank lives in, Massachusetts cares nothing of his struggle. Help make Frank's life a little bit easier by donating to his cause. Seeing the support makes his day start off with at least a smile. I would love to bring my husband home to RI and make sure he has everything he needs. Thank you all in advance.
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07/20/2012
by Wendy Edge
Frank slept until 11:30 p.m. When he woke up he was not feeling well, was crampy, and was lacking in energy. He played some College football however it did not last long. He was napping on and of most of the night. The one thing that Frank very much enjoys is being able to read his underground forum when he is not feeling well. The underground users have given him support in many different ways from cancer information to fundraiser information to money donations. When people who have never met my husband are able to help get him through this battle it means the world to me. The forum was what Frank read while in the hospital doing chemo this past week. During times when he could talk to no one he read the forum and it was at least something that comforted him and still does. A huge thanks goes out to the underground for helping Frank with everything you have helped Frank with thus far. As I sit on the side of Frank right now he is watching Tenacious D. We have great chats while he is awake because of course he wakes up and I just want to smoke his ear up lol. We both agreed that during the rough times such as this you truly see people's true colors. It is amazing to see people who never met you helping you even though they are not obligated to. Tomorrow will be day one of Nader for hubby. For anyone who does not know what this is it is when a person is affected by the chemotherapy in such ways as low white blood count, dehydration, low potassium....etc We will have to keep a close eye on how he is feeling and for any fevers. One day at a time we will again get through this. Last year I sat by hubby's side everyday from August 1 till the last week of October as he went through chemotherapy. He has his summer taken from him and to see it happen again to him makes me very angry. OMG lmao Carlton (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) is dancing and so is hubby while lying in bed rofl. Simple things like the imitating Carlton while lying in bed show me and others who know Frank that he still has his fight in him. 16 years ago Frank met me and I had two sons and was unable to have any other children however that did not deter him. He stepped in and raised my son's like they were his own and never quit. Frank has never been a quitter and  will retain his title as a cancer survivor!!!! To The Underground much respect and love for being there for my husband!!!!
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07/19/2012
by Wendy Edge
Just got back from the cancer center and got many positive things to report. First let me say that Frank walked to his chemotherapy appointment and did not need a wheelchair when we got there so different from 2 days ago. He had his UFC magazine in hand and was ready read and get hydrated. His chemo nurse Deena who is amazing checked his weight and hell yeah he gained 6 pounds. His vitals were checked and because he was looking great he was told you can go home he needed no hydration. There is no better feeling than being told you do not need any treatment today go home. 

Frank as well I am floored at the support given already by people my husband has never even met. When someone you never met drops 25 or 50 dollars your way to us that is unreal. 25 dollars to us is a big deal never mind 50. Last year we bought our first car ever and it was 2 years old got it for 1900.00 and for us that was a major amount of money. It was right before Frank was diagnosed the first time with cancer and about 8 months later as we pulled up to Frank's uncle Pete's wake the car died. So not only was he fighting cancer, grieving his uncle's untimely passing but now his wife and sister were pushing a car on a highway because he could not as he had treatment that day. So when you say me say his struggle he has been hit with one thing after another. Even after the car died we went back to walking and never complained and why because we are simple people we don't take things for granted and cherish the little we have. Seeing the support from people you do not even know shows there are truly good people in this world still to this day. You supporters also help me to have an outlet to speak to as I sometimes watch my husband look like he is at deaths door. 

I am so glad that today he was able to leave the cancer center walked to the store with me for some things needed and walk back home. The heat outside is not as bad today so it was perfect for him to get that small walk in. He did it and I am proud of him however it does take a lot out of him. He is currently as I type this jamming on Rockband with his guitar. I will update this as often as I can with as much information as I can to not only inform you but also to educate you on my husbands fight and battle. Some do not understand the money it takes to fight this disease. One example would be clothing. I watched as his shorts fell off him. I as his wife was mortified that his clothes did not fight so I had to run out and by him new shorts size large now because he lost so much weight. Things like that to some are of no matter but to us buying new clothes is a once a year thing if that. Wow I have tears in my eyes just seeing the five donations. Ok time to spend some quality time with hubby as we have realized that everyone should take each moment in life and do what you want because you may not be able to do those things tomorrow. Again thank you for supporting my husband.




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08/09/2012
by Wendy Edge

Another Day

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Went over to the cancer center for 10am for Frank to have his hydration. He was given fluids, magnesium and potassium. He was set up for a 3 hour infusion. He had pain from shoulder to leg however nothing that can be done as it is most likely side effects from treatment. We received two packets from the health insurance today one said he was again denied for his cat-scans and the second said he was approved. With all the wasted paper they sent me they could have just paid for the tests. Hopefully he will feel better as the day goes on however he is still on lock down due to his still dangerously low white blood count.

(Frustration sets in)

Today has been a rough day. We sit and talk and sometimes feel like it is us against the world. As we do everything we can to keep Frank alive it seems we just cannot catch a break. As I have shared before medical gets denied and you have to appeal, disbaility gets denied you have to appeal so those things in themselves can be stressful. Next we have Frank's always changing taste buds. He does not know until he tastes something if it will be something he can eat. This forces me to have to walk to a usually crowded convenience store and risk bringing home germs to Frank. To add to all of this I have asthma and bronchitis and should not be walking in this dreadful heat as it risks myself however if Frank needs to eat I have to go and if no one is available or around I will not leave him hanging. We both talked about how frustrating it is that I am risking my health to help him and if something happens to me who will fill in while I recooperate? There is no one else. We talk about how scared we are that we will not be able to continue paying bills as the state keeps us on hold. Of course we have the most important and worrysome thing of them all and that is, "Will Frank make it through the day?" Some would say why do you think that and we can say because we have to it is a possible reality. Unless you have been a cancer patient or a full time live in caregiver you have no idea how stressful the situation is when you also add in other hardships.


(We are strong)

As I get ready to play some XBOX Uno with Frank which was his idea I leave you all with this. We together will not only beat cancer but also overcome all the hurdles and struggles with the help and support of you all. Thanks for continuing to help and support us in this extremely difficult time. Frank is a fighter and has promised not to quit and I will be in his corner and when needed the stool he needs to sit on when he needs a rest.  



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Went over to the cancer center for 10am for Frank to have his hydration. He was given fluids, magnesium and potassium. He was set up for a 3 hour infusion. He had pain from shoulder to leg however nothing that can be done as it is most likely side effects from treatment. We received two packets from the health insurance today one said he was again denied for his cat-scans and the second said he was approved. With all the wasted paper they sent me they could have just paid for the tests. Hopefully he will feel better as the day goes on however he is still on lock down due to his still dangerously low white blood count.

(Frustration sets in)

Today has been a rough day. We sit and talk and sometimes feel like it is us against the world. As we do everything we can to keep Frank alive it seems we just cannot catch a break. As I have shared before medical gets denied and you have to appeal, disbaility gets denied you have to appeal so those things in themselves can be stressful. Next we have Frank's always changing taste buds. He does not know until he tastes something if it will be something he can eat. This forces me to have to walk to a usually crowded convenience store and risk bringing home germs to Frank. To add to all of this I have asthma and bronchitis and should not be walking in this dreadful heat as it risks myself however if Frank needs to eat I have to go and if no one is available or around I will not leave him hanging. We both talked about how frustrating it is that I am risking my health to help him and if something happens to me who will fill in while I recooperate? There is no one else. We talk about how scared we are that we will not be able to continue paying bills as the state keeps us on hold. Of course we have the most important and worrysome thing of them all and that is, "Will Frank make it through the day?" Some would say why do you think that and we can say because we have to it is a possible reality. Unless you have been a cancer patient or a full time live in caregiver you have no idea how stressful the situation is when you also add in other hardships.


(We are strong)

As I get ready to play some XBOX Uno with Frank which was his idea I leave you all with this. We together will not only beat cancer but also overcome all the hurdles and struggles with the help and support of you all. Thanks for continuing to help and support us in this extremely difficult time. Frank is a fighter and has promised not to quit and I will be in his corner and when needed the stool he needs to sit on when he needs a rest.  


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08/27/2012
by Wendy Edge

Much has happened


Since the craziness of Frank's last appointment we had a few days of simple shock. You could catch both of us just staring off in thought many times. Frank took action and was on the phone on Thursday with Dana-Farber in Boston. By the end of the day he had an appointment for the following week. He was in touch with the stem cell transplant coordinator as this may be the next coourse of action. Frank was told he would be given options and then of course choices as to what the next course of action is. This is the first time Frank is being given options so he feels more comfortable with Dana-Farber already. On Saturday Frank was able to attend a family get together at his Uncle Curt and Aunt Stacey's house in Tiverton, RI. The beautiful scenery, sounds, and amazing weather made for an absolute memorable day. We had many laughs as stories of the past were re-enacted. It is always nice to get away from our attic and be away from the city noise. Today a donation came here to our house and is was a repeat donor. Thank you so very much for your second donation. Both me and Frank are so very grateful for your support. We still await a decision from disability however as we were warned it could take years. We are getting ready for the appointment in Boston and hoping all goes well as we gear up for the next phase of this journey. Thank you all for continuing to follow and support Frank's journey.

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Much has happened
Since the craziness of Frank's last appointment we had a few days of simple shock. You could catch both of us just staring off in thought many times. Frank took action and was on the phone on Thursday with Dana-Farber in Boston. By the end of the day he had an appointment for the following week. He was in touch with the stem cell transplant coordinator as this may be the next coourse of action. Frank was told he would be given options and then of course choices as to what the next course of action is. This is the first time Frank is being given options so he feels more comfortable with Dana-Farber already. On Saturday Frank was able to attend a family get together at his Uncle Curt and Aunt Stacey's house in Tiverton, RI. The beautiful scenery, sounds, and amazing weather made for an absolute memorable day. We had many laughs as stories of the past were re-enacted. It is always nice to get away from our attic and be away from the city noise. Today a donation came here to our house and is was a repeat donor. Thank you so very much for your second donation. Both me and Frank are so very grateful for your support. We still await a decision from disability however as we were warned it could take years. We are getting ready for the appointment in Boston and hoping all goes well as we gear up for the next phase of this journey. Thank you all for continuing to follow and support Frank's journey.
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08/05/2012
by Wendy Edge

Frank's words
Luckily for me my wife was able to help get my stomach under control this morning. Definitely need to set that morning alarm so I'm not sleeping past meds lol ...... The morning started off as the usual though. Looking in the mirror giving myself the "morning talk". Unfortunately, for maybe only the second or third time since last year I was asking myself if I was still willing to fight even thoug...
h the all-around just keeps getting worse? And then I fell apart.... The answer to the question is yes, yes I'm still willing to battle no matter what. I've never lost a fight in my life but I know if I was I would go down swinging and the other guy would not want a rematch. Taking it easy today with some Xbox and some computer work. Make sure everyone flashes a smile today because this day will have laughs and smiles from me.

Saturday August 4th

Frank has been very tired today. He was in need of a wheelchair due to the heat just from the block walk to the hospital for his shot. When we got back he laid down and I went to the market to get him things he can taste. Thanks to the donations I was able to get everything he wanted. I will be making him his Venus Demilo soup in a few. After that we will watch the UFC on Fox hell yeah love watching the UFC especially since it is Free tonight.


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Frank's words
Luckily for me my wife was able to help get my stomach under control this morning. Definitely need to set that morning alarm so I'm not sleeping past meds lol ...... The morning started off as the usual though. Looking in the mirror giving myself the "morning talk". Unfortunately, for maybe only the second or third time since last year I was asking myself if I was still willing to fight even thoug...
h the all-around just keeps getting worse? And then I fell apart.... The answer to the question is yes, yes I'm still willing to battle no matter what. I've never lost a fight in my life but I know if I was I would go down swinging and the other guy would not want a rematch. Taking it easy today with some Xbox and some computer work. Make sure everyone flashes a smile today because this day will have laughs and smiles from me.

Saturday August 4th

Frank has been very tired today. He was in need of a wheelchair due to the heat just from the block walk to the hospital for his shot. When we got back he laid down and I went to the market to get him things he can taste. Thanks to the donations I was able to get everything he wanted. I will be making him his Venus Demilo soup in a few. After that we will watch the UFC on Fox hell yeah love watching the UFC especially since it is Free tonight.

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07/18/2012
by Wendy Edge
So I see the first donation has been given and I joyfully tell my husband. He looks into it and smiles. Just the smile alone is all I look forward to each day. You will see pictures posted and the picture at the dorm room is 3 days before Frank was diagnosed last year for the first time. The other pictures are of his day at the cancer ceter yesterday. He was going to be admitted since he did not even have enough of a pulse for it to register on a machine. Frank had dropped 19 pounds just in 7 days. He was low on potassium, magnesium, and was vomitting. By the time I brought him home he was so much better. As of today he was on his laptop for the first time since the 11th. Seeing him sitting and even wanted to use the laptop told me today was hopefully going to be a good day for him. He is feeling much better compared to yesterday however is quite upset he lost his taste buds again. I will tell you though he was threatening to throw things around lmao and any day my smartass husband is around I know he is feeling better. I will update this page as we travel this journey. Tomorrow we will be heading over to the cancer center so that he can get some hydration and anything else he needs. One day at a time and together we will give him the support he needs to fight and beat this second round. 
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07/22/2012
by Wendy Edge
Life is quite challenging. Ended up with a migraine and even with everything going on and not feeling the greatest hubby took care of me. We sat and watched the UFC fights last night and damn two Ko's in a row. The little moments we get we take advantage of amazing how an illness can change your whole perspective on life. We continue to struggle for help and I again appealed my husband's disability denial as well as sent out some letters to celebrities who help with cancer causes. My husband longs to go back to Rhode Island where he was born. This fundraiser site allows me the chance to raise the money to take him home. Working for me is not an option since I need to be by hubby's side. I just received my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Forensic Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude. This honor me and my hubby both enjoyed as he helped push me to continue school through his first fight and I pushed him to fight that round. Here we are round 2 and he is again pushing me to go for my Masters while helping him fight round two. People do not get to see the strength my hubby truly has and how much he has actually struggled through. I see advertisements and commercials asking for help for people in other countries and I am flawed as my hubby gets no help and he is from this country. What does it take to get help in this world?? Are we not all supposed to be United. I remember all the things me and hubby have donated to or how many homeless we have given money too and now that hubby is sick I see him struggle and wonder why? This disease not only hurts the person with it but also the family of the person with it. Today hubby longed for something as simple as an Awful Awful from Newport Creamery and his dad went picked it up and brought it by and I was so grateful because I do not like to leave hubby alone and he was not strong enough to go out. He is going through Nader and this will drop his counts and he can catch a cold much faster so I try to keep him contained even though sometimes he does not like it. He did go downstairs the three flights to sit outside and when he walked back up he had to sit because it took all his energy. If only people could realize how hubby can have an hour of greatness and then go downhill for hours. Chemotherapy is poison and boy does it kick a bodies rear end. Just when your having a good day you could lose your energy and have to sleep for hours. Since we were have a good mental and emotional day we dealt with something I never though we would have to deal with this young. We sat and discussed and detailed what hubby would like should something happen to him. Put yourself in his shoes and tell me do you want to detail with your spouse at this young age what to do in case of death? I know I did not want to and neither did hubby but we had to as it is something we now have to fear even though we know he can and will beat this we still have to face the other side of things. As you go to sleep tonight please say a prayer for my hubby as he continues to fight for his life. Frank thank you for being an amazing husband and helping me today. Love you for life <3></3>
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08/03/2012
by Wendy Edge

The Final Day of Chemo

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The day started off with a TV issue and a cafeteria issue. The cafeteria is infamous for not giving you what you ask for and what is listed on your menu. I went to the cafeteria and bought Frank the things he was missing because of course it takes over an hour to get what they forgot. Frank's day turned around as he received more donations and a package from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was so hap
py to open the package and scope out the contents. We were told Frank will have to go back to the hospital tomorrow to get his shot that will help him avoid a low white blood count. Frank was happy when the final bag of Mesna was hung. We patiently waited for it to finish and for the discharge papers to be filled out. We happily walked home and are just happy to be out of the hospital. Frank is playing his X-Box as I type this. Thank you all for supporting Frank and our family.

**Thank you to the newest donaters. You have no idea how much Frank and I truly appreciate your care and compassion. Thanks from the bottom of both our hearts**

Finally Home

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The Final Day of Chemo
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The day started off with a TV issue and a cafeteria issue. The cafeteria is infamous for not giving you what you ask for and what is listed on your menu. I went to the cafeteria and bought Frank the things he was missing because of course it takes over an hour to get what they forgot. Frank's day turned around as he received more donations and a package from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was so hap
py to open the package and scope out the contents. We were told Frank will have to go back to the hospital tomorrow to get his shot that will help him avoid a low white blood count. Frank was happy when the final bag of Mesna was hung. We patiently waited for it to finish and for the discharge papers to be filled out. We happily walked home and are just happy to be out of the hospital. Frank is playing his X-Box as I type this. Thank you all for supporting Frank and our family.

**Thank you to the newest donaters. You have no idea how much Frank and I truly appreciate your care and compassion. Thanks from the bottom of both our hearts**

Finally Home

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10/06/2012
by Wendy Edge

#FranksFight Wristbands

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To get your very own Supporting #FranksFight wristband make a donation of 5.00 or more and I will send you one as a gift. Simply make your donation and then email me at luvdcuties@aol.com with your address and I will send you one. Please put in the subject line of the email #FranksFight. Also if you make your donation anonymously please send me a screen shot of your receipt. Thank you all for your support and head on over to FranksFight for the latest updates.

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#FranksFight Wristbands
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To get your very own Supporting #FranksFight wristband make a donation of 5.00 or more and I will send you one as a gift. Simply make your donation and then email me at luvdcuties@aol.com with your address and I will send you one. Please put in the subject line of the email #FranksFight. Also if you make your donation anonymously please send me a screen shot of your receipt. Thank you all for your support and head on over to FranksFight for the latest updates.
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09/26/2012
by Wendy Edge

Numbing Day


We received a letter in the mail from Boston with Frank's upcoming schedule. After reading we were left with a numb feeling. They want him to be in Boston from October 7th until November 14th. Since we live in Fall River, Ma this leaves us in one heck of a bind. The first thing that comes to mind is with a 19yr old in college and a 17yr old at home how do we manage this. The second issue is we cannot afford to relocate to Boston while maintaining this home. It seems for every good thing we are slapped with another negative. The housing offered in Boston at the Hope Lodge has a waiting list and Frank would need a caregiver with him 24/7 meaning we would need to find someone to fill in for me so I could come home or have someone stay at the home and those are not options in our case. As you know the goal on this site is 5,000.00 however this was before we knew Frank would have to relocate to Boston and not once but twice. We are now going to be facing an even more expensive road and still he has not been approved for disability. This will put him in the hospital for possibly Christmas and New Years which is not easy to deal with when you are faced with so many unknowns. Today will be a rough day in regards to all this settling. Knowing you are facing 2 stem cell transplants followed by high dose chemotherapy and not knowing if you can afford to do it is stress a person should never have. Thank you all for supporting my husband and please realize the fundraiser has been raised because this has now turned into a whole new battle compared to when this fundraiser was started. 


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Numbing Day
We received a letter in the mail from Boston with Frank's upcoming schedule. After reading we were left with a numb feeling. They want him to be in Boston from October 7th until November 14th. Since we live in Fall River, Ma this leaves us in one heck of a bind. The first thing that comes to mind is with a 19yr old in college and a 17yr old at home how do we manage this. The second issue is we cannot afford to relocate to Boston while maintaining this home. It seems for every good thing we are slapped with another negative. The housing offered in Boston at the Hope Lodge has a waiting list and Frank would need a caregiver with him 24/7 meaning we would need to find someone to fill in for me so I could come home or have someone stay at the home and those are not options in our case. As you know the goal on this site is 5,000.00 however this was before we knew Frank would have to relocate to Boston and not once but twice. We are now going to be facing an even more expensive road and still he has not been approved for disability. This will put him in the hospital for possibly Christmas and New Years which is not easy to deal with when you are faced with so many unknowns. Today will be a rough day in regards to all this settling. Knowing you are facing 2 stem cell transplants followed by high dose chemotherapy and not knowing if you can afford to do it is stress a person should never have. Thank you all for supporting my husband and please realize the fundraiser has been raised because this has now turned into a whole new battle compared to when this fundraiser was started. 

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09/25/2012
by Wendy Edge

Blog Written and Tee-Shirt created

Disciple Dojo from over at The UG wrote an amazing blog about #FranksFight what it is all about and how the MMA Community has stepped up to help.

You can read the blog here ------>http://jmsmith.org/blog/franks-fight/

The next exciting news is from Fear the Fighter. This company tweeted the following

Hope he gets better. In his behalf we will dedicate a Tshirt to him and donate. And get to your Goal. <s>@</s>Frank_Edge

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This is sooo awesome and we are speechless you can buy the tee-shirt here

http://www.fearthefighter.com/online-store/t-shirts/ftf-cancer-t?vmcchk=1

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Blog Written and Tee-Shirt createdDisciple Dojo from over at The UG wrote an amazing blog about #FranksFight what it is all about and how the MMA Community has stepped up to help.

You can read the blog here ------>http://jmsmith.org/blog/franks-fight/

The next exciting news is from Fear the Fighter. This company tweeted the following

Hope he gets better. In his behalf we will dedicate a Tshirt to him and donate. And get to your Goal. <s>@</s>Frank_Edge

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This is sooo awesome and we are speechless you can buy the tee-shirt here

http://www.fearthefighter.com/online-store/t-shirts/ftf-cancer-t?vmcchk=1
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09/25/2012
by Wendy Edge

The MMA community support continues!!

The support has continued to grow from packages on their way to pictures continuing to come in via twitter and let placed on FranksFight The biggest donation thus far comes from Invicta Fighting Championships and again we say thank you so very much. The UG has continued to offer contests tee-shirts and matching donations and this is all from members trying to help raise money and awreness for FranksFight Frank now wakes up excited to see all the suppport coming in from varius places. This is a short update as I need to hit the internet and keep spreading the word about FranksFight
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The MMA community support continues!!The support has continued to grow from packages on their way to pictures continuing to come in via twitter and let placed on FranksFight The biggest donation thus far comes from Invicta Fighting Championships and again we say thank you so very much. The UG has continued to offer contests tee-shirts and matching donations and this is all from members trying to help raise money and awreness for FranksFight Frank now wakes up excited to see all the suppport coming in from varius places. This is a short update as I need to hit the internet and keep spreading the word about FranksFight">


09/21/2012
by Wendy Edge

MMA Community Steps Up

Frank has been going to a forum called The Underground for a while. As he began his fight members at this forum started to help with Frank's fight. Together they started a charity tee-shirt and then a contest that would take Frank's Fight to a whole new level. A has tag was created by a member on this Forum as well as a new tee-shirt design. Myself and Frank are amazed at the outpouring of help. This started and donations to this site doubled. For anyone who does not know of or about the MMA Community please check them out and pass the word along that they truly have banded together to support my husband and our family. We are overwhelmed in such a positive way it is nice to have a breathe of fresh air. Thank you to The UG for starting what will hopefully become a viral fight!!

Some links to check out the hype

http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum.posts&forum=1&thread=2062765&page=12

https://twitter.com/#!/search/?q=franksfight&src=typd

https://www.facebook.com/FranksFight




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MMA Community Steps Up
Frank has been going to a forum called The Underground for a while. As he began his fight members at this forum started to help with Frank's fight. Together they started a charity tee-shirt and then a contest that would take Frank's Fight to a whole new level. A has tag was created by a member on this Forum as well as a new tee-shirt design. Myself and Frank are amazed at the outpouring of help. This started and donations to this site doubled. For anyone who does not know of or about the MMA Community please check them out and pass the word along that they truly have banded together to support my husband and our family. We are overwhelmed in such a positive way it is nice to have a breathe of fresh air. Thank you to The UG for starting what will hopefully become a viral fight!!

Some links to check out the hype

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09/15/2012
by Wendy Edge

Third Cycle of Chemo (TIP) finished

Frank came home from the hsopital last night after finishing his third cycle of TIP. He is having leg pains and was throwing up this am. It is very trying to watch as he gets sick and not be able to do anyhting about it. We now will await to hear from Boston as to when Frank will need to start the first of two stem cell transplants. As time goes by we struggle to survive as well as keep Frank in good spirits. I update this page as often as possible however you can read the latest updates by clicking here -----> Frank's Fight

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Third Cycle of Chemo (TIP) finishedFrank came home from the hsopital last night after finishing his third cycle of TIP. He is having leg pains and was throwing up this am. It is very trying to watch as he gets sick and not be able to do anyhting about it. We now will await to hear from Boston as to when Frank will need to start the first of two stem cell transplants. As time goes by we struggle to survive as well as keep Frank in good spirits. I update this page as often as possible however you can read the latest updates by clicking here -----> Frank's Fight
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09/11/2012
by Wendy Edge

Donations

Thank you all for donating to this site and directly. Without your help we would not be making it. Disability still has not made a decision and so we still wait. As of right now we have 24 dollars in our bank account with 80% of monthly bills paid. Frank is able to have the things he wants and it is only because of the donations that have come in. Again thank you to ALL who have donated and or supported Frank as he fights his fight. If you would like to directly donate you can simple click on this link Frank's Fight and once on the page click on message and myself or Frank will get back to you. Again I want to send my thanks out to everyone who has donated, commented, emailed, messaged, phoned, and kept Frank in their thoughts and prayers. Without all of you Frank's fight would have just been harder. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for helping keep our family ALIVE!!!

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Donations
Thank you all for donating to this site and directly. Without your help we would not be making it. Disability still has not made a decision and so we still wait. As of right now we have 24 dollars in our bank account with 80% of monthly bills paid. Frank is able to have the things he wants and it is only because of the donations that have come in. Again thank you to ALL who have donated and or supported Frank as he fights his fight. If you would like to directly donate you can simple click on this link Frank's Fight and once on the page click on message and myself or Frank will get back to you. Again I want to send my thanks out to everyone who has donated, commented, emailed, messaged, phoned, and kept Frank in their thoughts and prayers. Without all of you Frank's fight would have just been harder. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for helping keep our family ALIVE!!!
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09/11/2012
by Wendy Edge

Fighter X Fashion. com writes a story

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Fighter X Fashion wrote the following article on their site. "

Fight Style: Shane Carwin x UG Charity T-Shirt

Check out this quick pic that TUF 16coach Shane Carwin took while filming the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. Using his star power to help out in a time of need, Carwin is seen sporting a special edition UG Charity Teethat was created to raise money for MixedMartialArts.commember Frank Edge who’s fighting a battle with cancer. When Carwin caught wind of the special tee that was created by fellow UGers to raise money for the cause, he decided to help out by wearing it on TUF for the world to see. Check out a pic of Carwin rocking the tee below. If you’re a fan of The Underground, or simply want to do your part to help out, you can purchase a UG Calo Shane Carwin Special T-Shirt here, or donate directly to youcaring.comor washforacause.com."

First let me say thank you to everyone who made this possible. My husband was flawed and so excited when this hit the internet on Saturday. I would like to send out a thank you to The UG for keeping my husband's spirits alive and well at times when it did not seem possible. Again to everyone Shane Carwin, Calo, Disciple Dojo, Jupes, and anyone I may have missed. I read some of the threads and am just wowed at how special The UG really is. Thank you for loving my husband and supporting our family.

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Fighter X Fashion. com writes a story
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Fighter X Fashion wrote the following article on their site. "

Fight Style: Shane Carwin x UG Charity T-Shirt

Check out this quick pic that TUF 16coach Shane Carwin took while filming the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. Using his star power to help out in a time of need, Carwin is seen sporting a special edition UG Charity Teethat was created to raise money for MixedMartialArts.commember Frank Edge who’s fighting a battle with cancer. When Carwin caught wind of the special tee that was created by fellow UGers to raise money for the cause, he decided to help out by wearing it on TUF for the world to see. Check out a pic of Carwin rocking the tee below. If you’re a fan of The Underground, or simply want to do your part to help out, you can purchase a UG Calo Shane Carwin Special T-Shirt here, or donate directly to youcaring.comor washforacause.com."

First let me say thank you to everyone who made this possible. My husband was flawed and so excited when this hit the internet on Saturday. I would like to send out a thank you to The UG for keeping my husband's spirits alive and well at times when it did not seem possible. Again to everyone Shane Carwin, Calo, Disciple Dojo, Jupes, and anyone I may have missed. I read some of the threads and am just wowed at how special The UG really is. Thank you for loving my husband and supporting our family.

To find out the latest visit Frank's Fight

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09/11/2012
by Wendy Edge

TIP (Chemotherapy) Cycle 3 Day 2

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Frank was admitted to the hospital yesterday for Cycle 3 of TIP. This is being done in preparation for the stem cell transplants he will need. Besides this he will also need other tests and awaits approval from the insurance before he can even be scheduled for a stem cell transplant. He is in good spirits and continues to fight the fight. 
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TIP (Chemotherapy) Cycle 3 Day 2
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Frank was admitted to the hospital yesterday for Cycle 3 of TIP. This is being done in preparation for the stem cell transplants he will need. Besides this he will also need other tests and awaits approval from the insurance before he can even be scheduled for a stem cell transplant. He is in good spirits and continues to fight the fight. 
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09/11/2012
by Wendy Edge

Patriot's Football & Clamboil

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Sunday was a great day for Frank. Kenny put together an amazing party and Frank had an amazing time. He ate everything he could and had a blast knowing he would be being admitted the following day for Chemotherapy. Thanks Kenny for an amazing day!!!!

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Patriot's Football & Clamboil
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Sunday was a great day for Frank. Kenny put together an amazing party and Frank had an amazing time. He ate everything he could and had a blast knowing he would be being admitted the following day for Chemotherapy. Thanks Kenny for an amazing day!!!!
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09/06/2012
by Wendy Edge

A Day In Boston

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We got picked up at AM to head out to Boston for a day of testing. Although it was a day of testing we made the most of it. We had lunch in the cafeteria, spent time in the "healing garden", and walked around Boston a bit. The weather was great and we had a bunch of outside time today which was great. We got home after PM so it was a long day. We are very thankful to the UG for the support that has come in many ways not just on this fundraiser site. It is amazing to see the smiles that come from the UG alone!! We did get to go to Mystic Aquarium on Sunday and had a blast and the below photo is from that day. To keep yourself updated with the latest information please visit Frank's Fight Again thank you to everyone who follows Frank's journey and supports him through it.

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A Day In Boston
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We got picked up at AM to head out to Boston for a day of testing. Although it was a day of testing we made the most of it. We had lunch in the cafeteria, spent time in the "healing garden", and walked around Boston a bit. The weather was great and we had a bunch of outside time today which was great. We got home after PM so it was a long day. We are very thankful to the UG for the support that has come in many ways not just on this fundraiser site. It is amazing to see the smiles that come from the UG alone!! We did get to go to Mystic Aquarium on Sunday and had a blast and the below photo is from that day. To keep yourself updated with the latest information please visit Frank's Fight Again thank you to everyone who follows Frank's journey and supports him through it.

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08/31/2012
by Wendy Edge

Friday


Frank's appointments for next week are set up all in one day. He will have to meet first with a social worker, then will have testing done for his lung function and will finish out the day with a dental exam. Boston seems to be running the show however Frank received a call from the local center today and they told him to up his magnesium pill yet Boston said nothing to him and knows what he is taken so it makes me very weary as to whether or not communication is taking place. We were happy to see a repeat doantion from Brenda....ty you very much for your kindness yet again. You will be happy to know we are planning a trip to Mystic Aquarium on Monday as this is another bucket list item for Frank and without donations this would be impossible. Stay tuned for some awesome pictures!!!

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Friday
Frank's appointments for next week are set up all in one day. He will have to meet first with a social worker, then will have testing done for his lung function and will finish out the day with a dental exam. Boston seems to be running the show however Frank received a call from the local center today and they told him to up his magnesium pill yet Boston said nothing to him and knows what he is taken so it makes me very weary as to whether or not communication is taking place. We were happy to see a repeat doantion from Brenda....ty you very much for your kindness yet again. You will be happy to know we are planning a trip to Mystic Aquarium on Monday as this is another bucket list item for Frank and without donations this would be impossible. Stay tuned for some awesome pictures!!!
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08/31/2012
by Wendy Edge

The Journey Continues

Frank will have to be up in Boston next week for some testing. We will be meeting will a social worker as this is a requirement in order to get health insurance to approve the treatment he needs. He will then need to do another round of chemotherapy in the hospital. After this is done once the health insurance approves him he will then spend a month in Boston to get a stem cell transplant and super chemo. He will then be given a 2 to three week break before he has to go and do another month in Boston. He was 
told this is his only option besides letting the disease take over. This treatment has a 30-60% chance of working. This is going to become a very rough road however we will get through it. Please pass the fundraiser link around as we are now being told certain things may not be covered by health insurance such as some dental work that needs to be done before he starts the super chemo and we will have to deal with housing out in Boston while maintaining our apartment here for the months he will be there this will cause an increase in expenses. Thank you all for your support and well wishes.


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The Journey ContinuesFrank will have to be up in Boston next week for some testing. We will be meeting will a social worker as this is a requirement in order to get health insurance to approve the treatment he needs. He will then need to do another round of chemotherapy in the hospital. After this is done once the health insurance approves him he will then spend a month in Boston to get a stem cell transplant and super chemo. He will then be given a 2 to three week break before he has to go and do another month in Boston. He was 
told this is his only option besides letting the disease take over. This treatment has a 30-60% chance of working. This is going to become a very rough road however we will get through it. Please pass the fundraiser link around as we are now being told certain things may not be covered by health insurance such as some dental work that needs to be done before he starts the super chemo and we will have to deal with housing out in Boston while maintaining our apartment here for the months he will be there this will cause an increase in expenses. Thank you all for your support and well wishes.

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08/27/2012
by Wendy Edge

Much has happened


Since the craziness of Frank's last appointment we had a few days of simple shock. You could catch both of us just staring off in thought many times. Frank took action and was on the phone on Thursday with Dana-Farber in Boston. By the end of the day he had an appointment for the following week. He was in touch with the stem cell transplant coordinator as this may be the next coourse of action. Frank was told he would be given options and then of course choices as to what the next course of action is. This is the first time Frank is being given options so he feels more comfortable with Dana-Farber already. On Saturday Frank was able to attend a family get together at his Uncle Curt and Aunt Stacey's house in Tiverton, RI. The beautiful scenery, sounds, and amazing weather made for an absolute memorable day. We had many laughs as stories of the past were re-enacted. It is always nice to get away from our attic and be away from the city noise. Today a donation came here to our house and is was a repeat donor. Thank you so very much for your second donation. Both me and Frank are so very grateful for your support. We still await a decision from disability however as we were warned it could take years. We are getting ready for the appointment in Boston and hoping all goes well as we gear up for the next phase of this journey. Thank you all for continuing to follow and support Frank's journey.
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Much has happened
Since the craziness of Frank's last appointment we had a few days of simple shock. You could catch both of us just staring off in thought many times. Frank took action and was on the phone on Thursday with Dana-Farber in Boston. By the end of the day he had an appointment for the following week. He was in touch with the stem cell transplant coordinator as this may be the next coourse of action. Frank was told he would be given options and then of course choices as to what the next course of action is. This is the first time Frank is being given options so he feels more comfortable with Dana-Farber already. On Saturday Frank was able to attend a family get together at his Uncle Curt and Aunt Stacey's house in Tiverton, RI. The beautiful scenery, sounds, and amazing weather made for an absolute memorable day. We had many laughs as stories of the past were re-enacted. It is always nice to get away from our attic and be away from the city noise. Today a donation came here to our house and is was a repeat donor. Thank you so very much for your second donation. Both me and Frank are so very grateful for your support. We still await a decision from disability however as we were warned it could take years. We are getting ready for the appointment in Boston and hoping all goes well as we gear up for the next phase of this journey. Thank you all for continuing to follow and support Frank's journey. ">


08/22/2012
by Wendy Edge

Wow

Well the first thing I can say is we are quite shell shocked. We walked into an appointment never expecting the a-hole attitude we got and then it was ended by Frank being told by his oncologist I cannot cure you. You will have to go to Boston and see what they can do. So again all I can say is we are shell shocked.

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WowWell the first thing I can say is we are quite shell shocked. We walked into an appointment never expecting the a-hole attitude we got and then it was ended by Frank being told by his oncologist I cannot cure you. You will have to go to Boston and see what they can do. So again all I can say is we are shell shocked.
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08/20/2012
by Wendy Edge

Happenings

Today Frank went to have his blood drawn and wait to see if something was low. He never got a call so he will not have to go to the center tomorrow or take any extra pills. He walked to the store today which is about 3 blocks down the road. I sat on the porch and watched him to ensure he was ok and he did it. He then went to sleep and was asleep for a while but he let me know he would like to try and walk further tomorrow. My mom bought us a washer and it will be here tomorrow so that is another thing we do not have to worry about. A huge disability package came in this weekend we filled it out and I walked it straight to the post office to ensure it went out. We received a card in the mail this weekend with donations and that brought a smile to Frank's face. He received two envelopes today. One envelope was from the Tampa Bay lightning and it included two autographed photos which you can view on Frank's Fight. He received an envelope also from the Kansas City Chiefs and in that OMG was a coin that only 8500 were made and you can view that and the other things sent at Frank's Fight. Frank continues to fight and with the support of everyone on here and Facebook and every where else he is able to sometimes smile on an otherwise tough day.

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HappeningsToday Frank went to have his blood drawn and wait to see if something was low. He never got a call so he will not have to go to the center tomorrow or take any extra pills. He walked to the store today which is about 3 blocks down the road. I sat on the porch and watched him to ensure he was ok and he did it. He then went to sleep and was asleep for a while but he let me know he would like to try and walk further tomorrow. My mom bought us a washer and it will be here tomorrow so that is another thing we do not have to worry about. A huge disability package came in this weekend we filled it out and I walked it straight to the post office to ensure it went out. We received a card in the mail this weekend with donations and that brought a smile to Frank's face. He received two envelopes today. One envelope was from the Tampa Bay lightning and it included two autographed photos which you can view on Frank's Fight. He received an envelope also from the Kansas City Chiefs and in that OMG was a coin that only 8500 were made and you can view that and the other things sent at Frank's Fight. Frank continues to fight and with the support of everyone on here and Facebook and every where else he is able to sometimes smile on an otherwise tough day.
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08/19/2012
by Wendy Edge

Good Times

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Yesterday was an absolutely wonderful day. With the help from donations and Mike and Suzanne Frank was able to take a 2 hour drive to Springfield for some Golden Corral something he has wanted to do since he found out we had one up here in Ma. Today my mom bought us a washer so I now can kick the one that decided to break lol. The support from others is the one thing that helps Frank and our family to get through each day. Thanks to everyone for the support.

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Good Times
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Yesterday was an absolutely wonderful day. With the help from donations and Mike and Suzanne Frank was able to take a 2 hour drive to Springfield for some Golden Corral something he has wanted to do since he found out we had one up here in Ma. Today my mom bought us a washer so I now can kick the one that decided to break lol. The support from others is the one thing that helps Frank and our family to get through each day. Thanks to everyone for the support.
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08/16/2012
by Wendy Edge

Trying to Live

Much has happened since I last updated this site. On Tuesday Frank went to the cancer center with the understanding he would find out his results for his recent cat-scans. When we got there we were told the results that were done were done incorrectly. The scans were compared to a May scan and should have been compared to a July scan so we will now have to wait until the 22nd for the doctor to tell us what is next. We went ourselves and got the correct report and we know what it says, now we just need to know what is next. Frank was low when it came to his red blood count and was going to need a transfusion however he was stern about not getting one unless absolutely necessary. They did not give him a transfusion so you can see sometimes things are done to people that are not necessarily needed. As we waited at home a phone call came in and it was the center to tell Frank he needed to pick up a magnesium prescription because his magnesium was low and he would have to return to the center on Thursday to have blood drawn again. We are happy to report that other than an again low magnesium everything else checked was fine. He will now have to take magnesium again today and then go in tomorrow for more blood work. On Tuesday the mental aspect of Frank's cancer got the best of him and he needed to get out and that is just what he did. His cousin and wife picked us up and took us around ocean drive and for Frank that is home so he was so very happy. We came home de-stressed and ready to fight another day. Today he received a package from the Baltimore Ravens with an official yearbook in it, he also received a donation from Ben and Brenda and that was just so amazing. These two people have never met myself or Frank yet have donated and that again shows there are still caring people in this world. We struggle everyday as we wait for disability however we never let it get us down we just make it. We hope the doctor has a new sound plan for what is next and while we wait Frank is trying to live up everyday he can. Some days this is not possible as he does not feel good however we are working with what we are given. Again thank you all for following my husband's journey and supporting us through this crazy emotional ride.

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Trying to LiveMuch has happened since I last updated this site. On Tuesday Frank went to the cancer center with the understanding he would find out his results for his recent cat-scans. When we got there we were told the results that were done were done incorrectly. The scans were compared to a May scan and should have been compared to a July scan so we will now have to wait until the 22nd for the doctor to tell us what is next. We went ourselves and got the correct report and we know what it says, now we just need to know what is next. Frank was low when it came to his red blood count and was going to need a transfusion however he was stern about not getting one unless absolutely necessary. They did not give him a transfusion so you can see sometimes things are done to people that are not necessarily needed. As we waited at home a phone call came in and it was the center to tell Frank he needed to pick up a magnesium prescription because his magnesium was low and he would have to return to the center on Thursday to have blood drawn again. We are happy to report that other than an again low magnesium everything else checked was fine. He will now have to take magnesium again today and then go in tomorrow for more blood work. On Tuesday the mental aspect of Frank's cancer got the best of him and he needed to get out and that is just what he did. His cousin and wife picked us up and took us around ocean drive and for Frank that is home so he was so very happy. We came home de-stressed and ready to fight another day. Today he received a package from the Baltimore Ravens with an official yearbook in it, he also received a donation from Ben and Brenda and that was just so amazing. These two people have never met myself or Frank yet have donated and that again shows there are still caring people in this world. We struggle everyday as we wait for disability however we never let it get us down we just make it. We hope the doctor has a new sound plan for what is next and while we wait Frank is trying to live up everyday he can. Some days this is not possible as he does not feel good however we are working with what we are given. Again thank you all for following my husband's journey and supporting us through this crazy emotional ride.
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08/13/2012
by Wendy Edge
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08/13/2012
by Wendy Edge

An Emotional Day


Today Frank went to have his cat-scans done to see if the chemotherapy has worked. We will be receiving these results tomorrow so the day has been filled with a lot of conversation and thoughts as we await the big appointment tomorrow. This appointment will decide what is next as well as whether or not we can breathe a sigh of relief. We still have yet to receive any updates from disability and continue to worry in regards to the length of time it may take to get approved for it. I wish there was any easy fix however there is not so we slowly trudge through each day hoping the next day will get a little bit easier. Thanks for reading and following my husband's journey and for all the support he has received thus far.


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An Emotional Day
Today Frank went to have his cat-scans done to see if the chemotherapy has worked. We will be receiving these results tomorrow so the day has been filled with a lot of conversation and thoughts as we await the big appointment tomorrow. This appointment will decide what is next as well as whether or not we can breathe a sigh of relief. We still have yet to receive any updates from disability and continue to worry in regards to the length of time it may take to get approved for it. I wish there was any easy fix however there is not so we slowly trudge through each day hoping the next day will get a little bit easier. Thanks for reading and following my husband's journey and for all the support he has received thus far.

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08/12/2012
by Wendy Edge

(Posted today on Frank's Fight)

Since Frank's taste buds like to keep playing games did a run to the market today for fresh pineapple, and milk. He loves the pineapple and has been craving to have strawberry mini wheats and is what he is eating right now lol. We are getting ready to watch UFC 150 together. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better taste bud day.

(Posted Friday night on Frank's Fight)

Frank was very happy today when he got some of his taste buds back. He ate some suddenly salad and then when he was excited he could taste it I handed him homemade chocolate chip cookies. It was funny as he chowed them down. He got to order chinese and was so happy to be able to taste it. He knew though it could be short lived and it was. He tried to eat some ice cream and his taste buds were gone
again. Even though it was short lived he is happy to know his taste buds are still working. One thing cancer patients who endure chemo need to worry about is losing their taste buds permanently as it can happen. The side effects of chemo are horrible and you never know if you will lose something forever so to have his taste buds back even for a little bit tells him they are still working.

(Posted By Frank Friday on Frank's Fightpage)

Just feeling physically broken. I always talked about how proud I was that my body was strong and was able to get through anything. I'm really not sure how much of that was true or just wishful thinking. At some point, like it or not our bodies will begin to break down and that's just a normal life thing. I can tell you honestly 100% my body is struggling and I'm terrified. One out of five people die from "second round" chemotherapy. That's a fact. Fighting fire with fire is a crazy thing. I heard something recently ...."if I wake up and see the grass and not the roots its going to be a good day".

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(Posted today on Frank's Fight)

Since Frank's taste buds like to keep playing games did a run to the market today for fresh pineapple, and milk. He loves the pineapple and has been craving to have strawberry mini wheats and is what he is eating right now lol. We are getting ready to watch UFC 150 together. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better taste bud day.

(Posted Friday night on Frank's Fight)

Frank was very happy today when he got some of his taste buds back. He ate some suddenly salad and then when he was excited he could taste it I handed him homemade chocolate chip cookies. It was funny as he chowed them down. He got to order chinese and was so happy to be able to taste it. He knew though it could be short lived and it was. He tried to eat some ice cream and his taste buds were gone
again. Even though it was short lived he is happy to know his taste buds are still working. One thing cancer patients who endure chemo need to worry about is losing their taste buds permanently as it can happen. The side effects of chemo are horrible and you never know if you will lose something forever so to have his taste buds back even for a little bit tells him they are still working.

(Posted By Frank Friday on Frank's Fightpage)

Just feeling physically broken. I always talked about how proud I was that my body was strong and was able to get through anything. I'm really not sure how much of that was true or just wishful thinking. At some point, like it or not our bodies will begin to break down and that's just a normal life thing. I can tell you honestly 100% my body is struggling and I'm terrified. One out of five people die from "second round" chemotherapy. That's a fact. Fighting fire with fire is a crazy thing. I heard something recently ...."if I wake up and see the grass and not the roots its going to be a good day".
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08/09/2012
by Wendy Edge

Another Rough Day

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Went over to the cancer center for 10am for Frank to have his hydration. He was given fluids, magnesium and potassium. He was set up for a 3 hour infusion. He had pain from shoulder to leg however nothing that can be done as it is most likely side effects from treatment. We received two packets from the health insurance today one said he was again denied for his cat-scans and the second said he was approved. With all the wasted paper they sent me they could have just paid for the tests. Hopefully he will feel better as the day goes on however he is still on lock down due to his still dangerously low white blood count.

(Frustration sets in)

Today has been a rough day. We sit and talk and sometimes feel like it is us against the world. As we do everything we can to keep Frank alive it seems we just cannot catch a break. As I have shared before medical gets denied and you have to appeal, disbaility gets denied you have to appeal so those things in themselves can be stressful. Next we have Frank's always changing taste buds. He does not know until he tastes something if it will be something he can eat. This forces me to have to walk to a usually crowded convenience store and risk bringing home germs to Frank. To add to all of this I have asthma and bronchitis and should not be walking in this dreadful heat as it risks myself however if Frank needs to eat I have to go and if no one is available or around I will not leave him hanging. We both talked about how frustrating it is that I am risking my health to help him and if something happens to me who will fill in while I recooperate? There is no one else. We talk about how scared we are that we will not be able to continue paying bills as the state keeps us on hold. Of course we have the most important and worrysome thing of them all and that is, "Will Frank make it through the day?" Some would say why do you think that and we can say because we have to it is a possible reality. Unless you have been a cancer patient or a full time live in caregiver you have no idea how stressful the situation is when you also add in other hardships. 


(We are strong)

As I get ready to play some XBOX Uno with Frank which was his idea I leave you all with this. We together will not only beat cancer but also overcome all the hurdles and struggles with the help and support of you all. Thanks for continuing to help and support us in this extremely difficult time. Frank is a fighter and has promised not to quit and I will be in his corner and when needed the stool he needs to sit on when he needs a rest. 

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Went over to the cancer center for 10am for Frank to have his hydration. He was given fluids, magnesium and potassium. He was set up for a 3 hour infusion. He had pain from shoulder to leg however nothing that can be done as it is most likely side effects from treatment. We received two packets from the health insurance today one said he was again denied for his cat-scans and the second said he was approved. With all the wasted paper they sent me they could have just paid for the tests. Hopefully he will feel better as the day goes on however he is still on lock down due to his still dangerously low white blood count.

(Frustration sets in)

Today has been a rough day. We sit and talk and sometimes feel like it is us against the world. As we do everything we can to keep Frank alive it seems we just cannot catch a break. As I have shared before medical gets denied and you have to appeal, disbaility gets denied you have to appeal so those things in themselves can be stressful. Next we have Frank's always changing taste buds. He does not know until he tastes something if it will be something he can eat. This forces me to have to walk to a usually crowded convenience store and risk bringing home germs to Frank. To add to all of this I have asthma and bronchitis and should not be walking in this dreadful heat as it risks myself however if Frank needs to eat I have to go and if no one is available or around I will not leave him hanging. We both talked about how frustrating it is that I am risking my health to help him and if something happens to me who will fill in while I recooperate? There is no one else. We talk about how scared we are that we will not be able to continue paying bills as the state keeps us on hold. Of course we have the most important and worrysome thing of them all and that is, "Will Frank make it through the day?" Some would say why do you think that and we can say because we have to it is a possible reality. Unless you have been a cancer patient or a full time live in caregiver you have no idea how stressful the situation is when you also add in other hardships. 


(We are strong)

As I get ready to play some XBOX Uno with Frank which was his idea I leave you all with this. We together will not only beat cancer but also overcome all the hurdles and struggles with the help and support of you all. Thanks for continuing to help and support us in this extremely difficult time. Frank is a fighter and has promised not to quit and I will be in his corner and when needed the stool he needs to sit on when he needs a rest. 
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07/20/2012
by Wendy Edge
Yesterday Frank came home from the cancer center and was very tired. He layed down to take a nap and unfortunately when he woke up he was lacking in energy. As with any chemotherapy you have good days and bad. Hubby is still in bed as I am typing this and that tells me he will have an energy lacking day. Each day I spend all time cleaning and doing things while hubby is napping however when he is up I spend as much time with him as I can. We together have realized many things people take for granted in life we cannot. I am proud of Frank for continuing to fight the fight. Thank you to all supporters...he smiles from the support and that is all I ask.....Keep my hubby smiling and give him a reason to fight by showing your support. I will update again later after he gets up to let you know how the rest of his day went.
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07/19/2012
by Wendy Edge
Went to the cancer center today for Frank to get his hydration. He is very anxious and wired. He walked from our apartment to the cancer center and did not need a wheelchair when we got there. 2 days ago he needed a wheelchair and almost passed out for the second time that day however not today. He was carrying his UFC magazine had his shades on and new shorts and was in a great mood. We got into the cancer center and he sat in his usual number 8 chair and waited for his nurse Deena. She was so happy to see him so vibrant happy and feeling good. As he waited I stocked the fridge used for patients as the nurses have no one to do it and they do not have time they are saving lives. I try to give back as they are doing everything to save my husband from this devil of a disease. I go back over as he is getting weighed and find out he has gained 6 pounds hell yeah. His vitals are taken and they are great so for once he gets some good news. He is told go home you do not need hydration we think huh?? Never have we gone to the cancer center and been told nope your great no need for anything today so smile and go home. These little positives are what makes hubby smile just a little bit extra. We left the cancer center and hubby decided he wanted to walk to the store and was able to do it and get home without passing out and not needing a 5 hour nap. We got in the house and the first thing he did was load up Rockband for the Xbox and was playing his guitar. He noticed his motor skills are affected as his gameplay changed. It is amazing the things we take for granted until we are faced with a battle such as this. 
This am I was excited to tell hubby there was another supporter and he just like me was lost with what to say. What do you say to people who have never met you yet open up their heart and give to you just to help you through? In this world it is hard to find people who will give to just anyone and that is the type of people me and hubby are. We will donate and have to many causes however a dollar or two since for us money does not come easy. Last year I watched as hubby bought our fist car for 1900.00 and for us that was a whole lot of money. 8 months or so later as we pulled up to his uncle's Pete's wake the car died. Myself and Frank's sister had to push the car till a friend came and towed us from one state to another to get our car home. The car never worked again and we went back to walking. When me and hubby see someone drop 25 or 50 dollars of their own for our cause and they are not related or do not even know us we sit here with joyful tears. Hubby is now able to fight his fight and breathe easier when thinking about bills and the other things that are needed. If you have never gone through this you never realize some of the things that you will need. There are many over the counter prescriptions that are not paid for, different foods have to be bought due to taste buds and that increases cost as well, clothing no longer fits so I have to go buy him new clothes, and there is even more that is needed however I just wanted to explain how this destroys families in regards to finances. So as we see you supporters donate and say you wish it was more we sit and think OMG thank you now we have one less thing to worry about. So I say thank you to the 5 supporters that I see and any others that come around. I have included our contact information for anyone who would like to send something other than money as even a simple note that say hey keep up the good work is as exciting as being told your ok for the day.
I will continue to document and share my husbands journey with you as this ordeal goes on. Again we thank you for your support!! 
To my husband.... Keep up the amazing work babe you won the battle once and you will beat it again!!

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08/02/2012
by Wendy Edge

TIP (Chemotherapy) Day 4 Cycle 2

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So they day started off with a visit from the oncologist. Frank was told his LDH was back to normal which is a positive sign. Please understand this does not mean the cancer is gone it just means it is another positive sign. Frank was told once the cat-scan results were in a plan would then be made as to what is next. The plan as we know it right now is for a bone marrow transplant which will have to be done in Boston. Due to the amount of Cisplatin that Frank has had he will no longer be able to get that drug again. He did not have any blood in his urine today and that again is another positive sign. We both choose to believe nothing but positive unless we are told differently. We had a few stresses today in regards to horrible communication. As he sat in his hospital bed he got a call from Boston telling him they were calling to make an appointment. He was heated and confused as the doctor just said no plan would be made in full until results of the scan were in so of course off to the cancer center I went to get answers. I made it clear that no one should be calling my husband to make appointments with him without him first being warned it is coming. If that was not enough a nurse comes in to talk to him about congestive heart failure and well I sent her on her way as he does not need the stress of worrying about CHF when he had already had an EKG yesterday and there were no issues with his heart so do not stress him with stuff that is not needed. The lack of communication between shifts and the cancer center as well as Dana Farber is horrible. Let's now move on to the great parts of today. I brought Frank up some barbecue chicken and butternut squash and he loved it. He got to see his cousin Mike and awesome friend Scott today. During one of our walks he got a call that brought him to tears in an amazing way. After our fun laughter walk we went back to room and another amazing phone call came in. Frank told me he felt famous. It is so nice to see him be so excited and happy it is all I can ask for. Tattoo Studio here in Fall River donated a $100 tattoo gift certificate so we can use to raise money for Frank. We again ended the night on an amazing however emotional note. There are moments when we look at each other and we have to face the what if and it can be so dis-heartening. I am so excited to go to sleep and then wake up because it will be the day I get to bring him home. Again thank you all for reading and supporting Frank and our family. Gn 


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So they day started off with a visit from the oncologist. Frank was told his LDH was back to normal which is a positive sign. Please understand this does not mean the cancer is gone it just means it is another positive sign. Frank was told once the cat-scan results were in a plan would then be made as to what is next. The plan as we know it right now is for a bone marrow transplant which will have to be done in Boston. Due to the amount of Cisplatin that Frank has had he will no longer be able to get that drug again. He did not have any blood in his urine today and that again is another positive sign. We both choose to believe nothing but positive unless we are told differently. We had a few stresses today in regards to horrible communication. As he sat in his hospital bed he got a call from Boston telling him they were calling to make an appointment. He was heated and confused as the doctor just said no plan would be made in full until results of the scan were in so of course off to the cancer center I went to get answers. I made it clear that no one should be calling my husband to make appointments with him without him first being warned it is coming. If that was not enough a nurse comes in to talk to him about congestive heart failure and well I sent her on her way as he does not need the stress of worrying about CHF when he had already had an EKG yesterday and there were no issues with his heart so do not stress him with stuff that is not needed. The lack of communication between shifts and the cancer center as well as Dana Farber is horrible. Let's now move on to the great parts of today. I brought Frank up some barbecue chicken and butternut squash and he loved it. He got to see his cousin Mike and awesome friend Scott today. During one of our walks he got a call that brought him to tears in an amazing way. After our fun laughter walk we went back to room and another amazing phone call came in. Frank told me he felt famous. It is so nice to see him be so excited and happy it is all I can ask for. Tattoo Studio here in Fall River donated a $100 tattoo gift certificate so we can use to raise money for Frank. We again ended the night on an amazing however emotional note. There are moments when we look at each other and we have to face the what if and it can be so dis-heartening. I am so excited to go to sleep and then wake up because it will be the day I get to bring him home. Again thank you all for reading and supporting Frank and our family. Gn 

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08/01/2012
by Wendy Edge
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08/01/2012
by Wendy Edge

<font size="4">Day 3 TIP (Chemotherapy)</font>

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Ok so we are closing in on the end of day 3 woohoo. The day was long and very busy. The television in Frank's room was still broke when I got there and so on the phone to deal with that and he now has a working TV although he still cannot play his X-Box on it. It blows my mind that they have flat screens in the emergency room and cancer center which are equipped with audio jacks yet on the hospita
l cancer floor patients are given Flintstone TVs'. Since he cannot play his X-Box he had been watching movies and his laptop and what do you know the disk drive died. One of the on call oncologist came to see Frank today and because of some pain he was having in his chest ordered an EKG to be safe. The doctor also ordered blood work just to check all his counts and numbers. His pulse rate registered low early in the day and then was spot on. Frank got some visitors and presents. He got some Conga bars, a quilt, an awful awful, and 20 bucks all from some very special people. Frank's taste buds have gotten worse and even his favorite slushie did not taste same today. Salt another thing that sometimes helps had no taste to him today. Frank took many walks outside today and enjoys being able to get some fresh air. The best walk was our last walk of the night. We sat together chatting and laughing together. On our way back to the room we laughed some more and then when upstairs Frank went to drink from the bubbler and well the bubbler shot up his nose and yep we laughed all the way to the room. Sometimes the simplest things in life such as laughter can be a medicine on it's own. I am very unhappy with the hospital and will be talking to whoever I need to so that no one else deals with the bull I have seen. The call button on Frank's bed does not work, the sink when turned on makes this god awful noise, the toilet has to be flushed multiple times even to flush a simple tissue, and oh yeah the attention to patients by some staff is horrendous. There are some amazing nurses on the floor yet the hospital itself and a few off the staff are just unworthy. As i showed the picture of the elevator certificate of use is expired and has been since March.....all I think every time I get in it is please do not break. One other thing I find baffling is all cancer patients are at risk for infection and when on chemotherapy at even higher risk yet you see children on the floor. Frank and I were told last year to stay away from children because they are the highest risk for carrying and transferring germs. I just do not understand why there is not more safety precautions considering the cancer center which is part of the hospital is a big advocate of no children around when having chemotherapy unless it was your own child and then you would have to take extra safety steps. One thing I like about this page is being to not only share Frank's journey but to also teach others what I have learned along this journey. I am so very happy for the support Frank has and continues to get from this page. I did not leave hospital until at least 10:40 because me and Frank were living up the end of the night with laughter and conversation. Here's to the end of another day and to my husband the only champion I know. Love you babe ♥


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Ok so we are closing in on the end of day 3 woohoo. The day was long and very busy. The television in Frank's room was still broke when I got there and so on the phone to deal with that and he now has a working TV although he still cannot play his X-Box on it. It blows my mind that they have flat screens in the emergency room and cancer center which are equipped with audio jacks yet on the hospita
l cancer floor patients are given Flintstone TVs'. Since he cannot play his X-Box he had been watching movies and his laptop and what do you know the disk drive died. One of the on call oncologist came to see Frank today and because of some pain he was having in his chest ordered an EKG to be safe. The doctor also ordered blood work just to check all his counts and numbers. His pulse rate registered low early in the day and then was spot on. Frank got some visitors and presents. He got some Conga bars, a quilt, an awful awful, and 20 bucks all from some very special people. Frank's taste buds have gotten worse and even his favorite slushie did not taste same today. Salt another thing that sometimes helps had no taste to him today. Frank took many walks outside today and enjoys being able to get some fresh air. The best walk was our last walk of the night. We sat together chatting and laughing together. On our way back to the room we laughed some more and then when upstairs Frank went to drink from the bubbler and well the bubbler shot up his nose and yep we laughed all the way to the room. Sometimes the simplest things in life such as laughter can be a medicine on it's own. I am very unhappy with the hospital and will be talking to whoever I need to so that no one else deals with the bull I have seen. The call button on Frank's bed does not work, the sink when turned on makes this god awful noise, the toilet has to be flushed multiple times even to flush a simple tissue, and oh yeah the attention to patients by some staff is horrendous. There are some amazing nurses on the floor yet the hospital itself and a few off the staff are just unworthy. As i showed the picture of the elevator certificate of use is expired and has been since March.....all I think every time I get in it is please do not break. One other thing I find baffling is all cancer patients are at risk for infection and when on chemotherapy at even higher risk yet you see children on the floor. Frank and I were told last year to stay away from children because they are the highest risk for carrying and transferring germs. I just do not understand why there is not more safety precautions considering the cancer center which is part of the hospital is a big advocate of no children around when having chemotherapy unless it was your own child and then you would have to take extra safety steps. One thing I like about this page is being to not only share Frank's journey but to also teach others what I have learned along this journey. I am so very happy for the support Frank has and continues to get from this page. I did not leave hospital until at least 10:40 because me and Frank were living up the end of the night with laughter and conversation. Here's to the end of another day and to my husband the only champion I know. Love you babe ♥

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07/31/2012
by Wendy Edge

Day 2 TIP (Chemotherapy)

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Well the day started off good with Frank waking up at AM and eating all his breakfast. As day 2 comes to a close he has not vomited as of yet and is more alert than cycle 1. We took many walks and I even got to race him around in a wheelchair lol. He got a new stuffy to add to his cancer collection and you can see the new frog in pictures for day 2. As the day started I was forced to contact management because Frank was not being offered the food that was being sold in the cafeteria. Being a cancer patient it is hard enough to eat when you have no taste buds now be told by a hospital your not allowed to have the good food you have to have the bland food well not for my husband. He was told by cafeteria lady well you want the stuff from the cafeteria send your family to buy it and that was enough for me to say oh no and get on the phone with management. I am happy to report he was given a list of everything offered in the pay part of the cafeteria and will now get what he wants. I hope no one else goes through this. Amazing cancer patients have to eat bland food and if the patient has lost their taste buds they need tart or sweet stuff in order to jump start their taste buds. So that crisis was dealt with and then the TV broke. His awesome nurse called to have it fixed and well his TV is still broke. I tried to bring one of the TV's from the house but yeah that did not work out. Walking in the rain with a TV is not working. I wish I had a small HD TV that I could bring so he could play his X-Box and watch TV without a big fat blurry line in the middle or at the bottom of the screen. I will work to get them to fix his TV tomorrow. Frank is happy that he is pain free and feeling better than the last cycle. He had two special visitors today and enjoyed that very much. He had only lost a pound from yesterday and for him that is awesome. I would like to say thank you to all who have donated. Your donations have supported Frank's ever changing taste buds. If he wants a slushy or anything not offered at the hospital he is able to get it and not worry about cost. I feel for cancer patients and how they are treated when in the hospital. Cancer patients should be given Queen and King treatment just for fighting the fight. Maybe the decision Frank made to document this time everything will be a way of opening eyes and changing the struggles cancer patients face. Thank you for supporting Frank and our family as this is happening. 
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Well the day started off good with Frank waking up at AM and eating all his breakfast. As day 2 comes to a close he has not vomited as of yet and is more alert than cycle 1. We took many walks and I even got to race him around in a wheelchair lol. He got a new stuffy to add to his cancer collection and you can see the new frog in pictures for day 2. As the day started I was forced to contact management because Frank was not being offered the food that was being sold in the cafeteria. Being a cancer patient it is hard enough to eat when you have no taste buds now be told by a hospital your not allowed to have the good food you have to have the bland food well not for my husband. He was told by cafeteria lady well you want the stuff from the cafeteria send your family to buy it and that was enough for me to say oh no and get on the phone with management. I am happy to report he was given a list of everything offered in the pay part of the cafeteria and will now get what he wants. I hope no one else goes through this. Amazing cancer patients have to eat bland food and if the patient has lost their taste buds they need tart or sweet stuff in order to jump start their taste buds. So that crisis was dealt with and then the TV broke. His awesome nurse called to have it fixed and well his TV is still broke. I tried to bring one of the TV's from the house but yeah that did not work out. Walking in the rain with a TV is not working. I wish I had a small HD TV that I could bring so he could play his X-Box and watch TV without a big fat blurry line in the middle or at the bottom of the screen. I will work to get them to fix his TV tomorrow. Frank is happy that he is pain free and feeling better than the last cycle. He had two special visitors today and enjoyed that very much. He had only lost a pound from yesterday and for him that is awesome. I would like to say thank you to all who have donated. Your donations have supported Frank's ever changing taste buds. If he wants a slushy or anything not offered at the hospital he is able to get it and not worry about cost. I feel for cancer patients and how they are treated when in the hospital. Cancer patients should be given Queen and King treatment just for fighting the fight. Maybe the decision Frank made to document this time everything will be a way of opening eyes and changing the struggles cancer patients face. Thank you for supporting Frank and our family as this is happening. 
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07/30/2012
by Wendy Edge

Day One Chemotherapy (TIP)  

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We found out that hubby now weighs 192lbs which is up from the last appointment by 7lbs. His numbers were good and he was happy to hear it. He was told he would be brought right up to room and well that did not happen. He was in the chair till 3:30 when they finally brought him upstairs. He was sore from the chair and just wanted to lay down as the Benadryl was knocking him out. I watched as Frank's happy mood turned to something other. The chemotherapy can do a whirlwind on someone's mood and or emotional state. Watching what it does to him kills me but it is what needs to be done. I got him a bunch of food from the Cafeteria and I bet he gained 7lbs just in the stuff he ate before I left for the night. He did not want any visitors and just wanted to go to sleep. He was having a rough time emotionally as the night drew to a close but as usual I do not leave without seeing a smile. I am so proud of him for fighting the fight no one ever wants to fight. I wish more people truly understood what Chemotherapy does to a person not only while they are getting chemotherapy but even 30 days after chemotherapy. Sometimes this is how long it takes to get the stuff out of the system. The best thing I can say to anyone dealing with a family member with cancer is this: Always think first how your choices, actions, and thoughts affect the person with cancer because you could be hurting them without knowing it. I have done two runs at this now and was there every single day of treatment and even this time I do many things differently then before as does Frank. Time to get his other site updated. I will try to update throughout the day however no guarantees. Gn and thank you all for supporting Frank. Babe I love you and am so very proud of you. ♥
(Please note I run this site, a facebook page, and care for my husband and family so updates may only be once a day while Frank is in the hospital)


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We found out that hubby now weighs 192lbs which is up from the last appointment by 7lbs. His numbers were good and he was happy to hear it. He was told he would be brought right up to room and well that did not happen. He was in the chair till 3:30 when they finally brought him upstairs. He was sore from the chair and just wanted to lay down as the Benadryl was knocking him out. I watched as Frank's happy mood turned to something other. The chemotherapy can do a whirlwind on someone's mood and or emotional state. Watching what it does to him kills me but it is what needs to be done. I got him a bunch of food from the Cafeteria and I bet he gained 7lbs just in the stuff he ate before I left for the night. He did not want any visitors and just wanted to go to sleep. He was having a rough time emotionally as the night drew to a close but as usual I do not leave without seeing a smile. I am so proud of him for fighting the fight no one ever wants to fight. I wish more people truly understood what Chemotherapy does to a person not only while they are getting chemotherapy but even 30 days after chemotherapy. Sometimes this is how long it takes to get the stuff out of the system. The best thing I can say to anyone dealing with a family member with cancer is this: Always think first how your choices, actions, and thoughts affect the person with cancer because you could be hurting them without knowing it. I have done two runs at this now and was there every single day of treatment and even this time I do many things differently then before as does Frank. Time to get his other site updated. I will try to update throughout the day however no guarantees. Gn and thank you all for supporting Frank. Babe I love you and am so very proud of you. ♥
(Please note I run this site, a facebook page, and care for my husband and family so updates may only be once a day while Frank is in the hospital)

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07/30/2012
by Wendy Edge

SundayBarbecue For Frank

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Frank has been all excited for this barbecue to come. This am he chose to not eat so he could fill up at the barbecue. Scott and Danielle hosted the barbecue for Frank and made sure he had a wonderful day before having to start Chemotherapy. The weather was threatening to rain however only a few quick passing drizzles did we see. Frank had a great day temperature wise in that he was able to be outside all day. As a family we spent the day with friends making memories. Cory our oldest son was our photographer for the day. After getting home Cory returned to Wheaton college for his summer program and me and Frank went to bed we were so tired. We slept until 1:30am Monday morning. Frank got up and played college football for about an hour and then we tried to go back to bed. Frank is currently sleeping and me not lol. I decided to use this time to clean the house, mail any paperwork needed to be mailed, update sites, and check email before Frank goes in for Cycle 2 of his Chemotherapy. I figure if I have everything in order it should make things easier today. If things are not bad enough in the case of our rollercoaster life our landlord is now after 6 months trying to come in and fix our bathroom since it has mold in it. Funny we told him not this week yet here he is asking the one week we said no. Between a state who does not care and a landlord who only cares when you threaten him with code violations I can understand why Cancer patients are so stressed out. If there is one thing I wish it would be that all cancer patients were given a free ride in life until they were cancer free. I will update this site as Frank is receiving his Chemotherapy inpatient at the hospital. In about 5 hours Frank will be hooked up for Cycle 2 of Chemotherapy.



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Frank has been all excited for this barbecue to come. This am he chose to not eat so he could fill up at the barbecue. Scott and Danielle hosted the barbecue for Frank and made sure he had a wonderful day before having to start Chemotherapy. The weather was threatening to rain however only a few quick passing drizzles did we see. Frank had a great day temperature wise in that he was able to be outside all day. As a family we spent the day with friends making memories. Cory our oldest son was our photographer for the day. After getting home Cory returned to Wheaton college for his summer program and me and Frank went to bed we were so tired. We slept until 1:30am Monday morning. Frank got up and played college football for about an hour and then we tried to go back to bed. Frank is currently sleeping and me not lol. I decided to use this time to clean the house, mail any paperwork needed to be mailed, update sites, and check email before Frank goes in for Cycle 2 of his Chemotherapy. I figure if I have everything in order it should make things easier today. If things are not bad enough in the case of our rollercoaster life our landlord is now after 6 months trying to come in and fix our bathroom since it has mold in it. Funny we told him not this week yet here he is asking the one week we said no. Between a state who does not care and a landlord who only cares when you threaten him with code violations I can understand why Cancer patients are so stressed out. If there is one thing I wish it would be that all cancer patients were given a free ride in life until they were cancer free. I will update this site as Frank is receiving his Chemotherapy inpatient at the hospital. In about 5 hours Frank will be hooked up for Cycle 2 of Chemotherapy.


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07/28/2012
by Wendy Edge

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07/28/2012
by Wendy Edge

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Well the day started off with us both waking up at 1:00 p.m. Of course the first thing I did upon waking up was go check my emails and messages. I was so happy to see that the Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders "The Jills" had left him a comment on this site. I also got a message from the Kansas City Chiefs and they will be sending Frank a package. It is nice to see the support as it makes him smile. When I went to our bank today they gave me one of their stuffed dogs for him. After walking to the bank I told Frank the temperature was okay for him to go for a walk if he wanted to. We went for a walk to the store up the street where Frank likes his slush puppies' from. By the time we got home he was out of breathe and tired. Some people do not realize how cancer patients struggle to do simple everyday things. I have created an uproar in regards to his disability and what do you know we finally get mail from them asking for more paperwork. It is amazing how fast they start working when you start chewing into people's ears. When it comes to my husband I will do anything it takes to keep him happy and non stressed. He is now dealing with a nasty headache and it sucks to see him get any ache with everything he is already dealing with. I often wonder what people do if they do not have someone to take care of everything for them. Between the paperwork and phone calls a patient would be stressed just from that. Someday I hope there is a program that offers volunteer caretakers for people who do not have one. I am so thankful for everyday Frank has at least one smile on his face. Thank you to all supporters. 


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Well the day started off with us both waking up at 1:00 p.m. Of course the first thing I did upon waking up was go check my emails and messages. I was so happy to see that the Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders "The Jills" had left him a comment on this site. I also got a message from the Kansas City Chiefs and they will be sending Frank a package. It is nice to see the support as it makes him smile. When I went to our bank today they gave me one of their stuffed dogs for him. After walking to the bank I told Frank the temperature was okay for him to go for a walk if he wanted to. We went for a walk to the store up the street where Frank likes his slush puppies' from. By the time we got home he was out of breathe and tired. Some people do not realize how cancer patients struggle to do simple everyday things. I have created an uproar in regards to his disability and what do you know we finally get mail from them asking for more paperwork. It is amazing how fast they start working when you start chewing into people's ears. When it comes to my husband I will do anything it takes to keep him happy and non stressed. He is now dealing with a nasty headache and it sucks to see him get any ache with everything he is already dealing with. I often wonder what people do if they do not have someone to take care of everything for them. Between the paperwork and phone calls a patient would be stressed just from that. Someday I hope there is a program that offers volunteer caretakers for people who do not have one. I am so thankful for everyday Frank has at least one smile on his face. Thank you to all supporters. 

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07/28/2012
by Wendy Edge

Nickles....Frank's Newest Supporter

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Thank You Bank Five

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07/27/2012
by Wendy Edge

Amazing Morning

Well I woke up this am to find a Facebook message from the Baltimore Ravens and not only did they post a comment on this site they also are sending a package out to Frank. Here is his morning post on Facebook.
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I am so glad the Ravens cared. I got a phone call from Sin on Skin and they will be donating a gift certificate for half off a tattoo so that we can raffle or auction off at a benefit. The support is what Frank needs to help him fight his fight. Again I say thanks to the Ravens organization and Sin on Skin. I am headed to chill with Frank and watch a movie. He has had an ok day today. His dentist appointment was rescheduled until after chemotherapy. He is happy that the infection seems to be getter better with the antibiotics. I went to the store twice today to get him his cherry slush puppie which he enjoys so much. Anything that I can to to get a smile on his face is all that matters. Time for a movie.
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Amazing MorningWell I woke up this am to find a Facebook message from the Baltimore Ravens and not only did they post a comment on this site they also are sending a package out to Frank. Here is his morning post on Facebook.
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I am so glad the Ravens cared. I got a phone call from Sin on Skin and they will be donating a gift certificate for half off a tattoo so that we can raffle or auction off at a benefit. The support is what Frank needs to help him fight his fight. Again I say thanks to the Ravens organization and Sin on Skin. I am headed to chill with Frank and watch a movie. He has had an ok day today. His dentist appointment was rescheduled until after chemotherapy. He is happy that the infection seems to be getter better with the antibiotics. I went to the store twice today to get him his cherry slush puppie which he enjoys so much. Anything that I can to to get a smile on his face is all that matters. Time for a movie.">


07/26/2012
by Wendy Edge

End of a Day

Frank will be going to the dentist in the morning. He was supposed to go today however it had to be rescheduled. To see my husbands face light up as I slowly pushed the package around the door was breathtaking, He was so excited. Me and Scott waited while wanting to open the package for him lol. He slowly took out one piece at a time. When he got to the personalized card from the Patriot's we both were sppechless at the fact that they had read his story and actually cared to send something to make my husband smile. When you live for the moment each moment no matter how small is important. I was all happy that stickers came in the package because this year the notebook I fill with storys such as this only more detailed I add stickers to. Scott brought over some of Ed's famous barbecue and chow hubby did. Today was a real good day in regards to his spirits and getting the package. We are simple people so the smallest offers of help mean more to us. Me and hubby played Rockband tonight. He was jamming on the guitar and I was on keyboard. I love nothing more than being able to spend time with hubby. I never got to take a napp so off to bed I go. I am thinking I may just fall a sleep first this time unless hubby is going to give me a wild night again lol. Please babe do not ask me to go with you and bang bear's again tonight rofl. See you all tomorrow as this journey continues. To cancer I say this.
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End of a DayFrank will be going to the dentist in the morning. He was supposed to go today however it had to be rescheduled. To see my husbands face light up as I slowly pushed the package around the door was breathtaking, He was so excited. Me and Scott waited while wanting to open the package for him lol. He slowly took out one piece at a time. When he got to the personalized card from the Patriot's we both were sppechless at the fact that they had read his story and actually cared to send something to make my husband smile. When you live for the moment each moment no matter how small is important. I was all happy that stickers came in the package because this year the notebook I fill with storys such as this only more detailed I add stickers to. Scott brought over some of Ed's famous barbecue and chow hubby did. Today was a real good day in regards to his spirits and getting the package. We are simple people so the smallest offers of help mean more to us. Me and hubby played Rockband tonight. He was jamming on the guitar and I was on keyboard. I love nothing more than being able to spend time with hubby. I never got to take a napp so off to bed I go. I am thinking I may just fall a sleep first this time unless hubby is going to give me a wild night again lol. Please babe do not ask me to go with you and bang bear's again tonight rofl. See you all tomorrow as this journey continues. To cancer I say this.
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07/26/2012
by Wendy Edge

Excitement for the day

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Hubby's awesome presents from the Patriots.....Hell Yeah for the hometown team support

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Hubby's awesome presents from the Patriots.....Hell Yeah for the hometown team support
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07/26/2012
by Wendy Edge
Rough Night

Last night was a rough night for hubby and myself. He kept waking up first with sweats and then freezing. He was also babbling and mumbling due to the medication. As I tried to sleep every time he would awake my brain would go into high alert and not let me sleep so I will have to catch a nap today. One thing I have learned is I must take care of myself in order to continue to care for hubby. He woke up at 6:47 a.m. and talked to me about remembering some of last night. He told me his mouth was feeling a bit better than yesterday. He went back to bed and is again asleep. If you are a supporter of someone with cancer there are things you need to remember for yourself.  Here is the list I was given.

1. Must take care of yourself
2. Remind yourself your doing the best you can
3. Do something for yourself each day
4. Taking time for yourself can help you be a better supporter 

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Rough Night

Last night was a rough night for hubby and myself. He kept waking up first with sweats and then freezing. He was also babbling and mumbling due to the medication. As I tried to sleep every time he would awake my brain would go into high alert and not let me sleep so I will have to catch a nap today. One thing I have learned is I must take care of myself in order to continue to care for hubby. He woke up at 6:47 a.m. and talked to me about remembering some of last night. He told me his mouth was feeling a bit better than yesterday. He went back to bed and is again asleep. If you are a supporter of someone with cancer there are things you need to remember for yourself.  Here is the list I was given.

1. Must take care of yourself
2. Remind yourself your doing the best you can
3. Do something for yourself each day
4. Taking time for yourself can help you be a better supporter 
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07/26/2012
by Wendy Edge

The UG

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While hubby sat in hospital not well enough to talk to anyone he was able to read this forum and use it  to fight another day Ty to The UG



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While hubby sat in hospital not well enough to talk to anyone he was able to read this forum and use it  to fight another day Ty to The UG


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07/25/2012
by Wendy Edge

Tattoo For Hubby

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This is the new idea I had next will be offering to let other business's pay for a tat on my skin to advertise their business we will see how this goes and run from there. Since I have only a few tattoo's I have plenty of skin left to run with lol.

This will be a quick update as it is late and I am tired and ready to go to bed with hubby and be happy we got through another day. The support group was an amazing help and I cannot wait to go back. Hubby was tired today more than yesterday and napped the entire time I was at the support group. I went and got him a slushy from the store up the street however as luck would have it the dang machine was not working write so of course the slushy was not as tasty as the one I got him yesterday. As fast as I put the word out I got a reply from a local tattoo shop named Mom and Pops and they offered a gift certificate we can raffle at a later benefit. They did not asked to tat me however I told them the offer is still there. It is nice to see a business with in a minute of me sending them a message reply and offer something and not ask for anything in return that is amazing. This is when you find out about the trueness of giving people. I want to make sure I let everyone know of the support we do receive because they deserve a high five for helping my husband. Hopefully my husband's package from the Patriot's will be here. Thank you for following my husbands journey. 



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This is the new idea I had next will be offering to let other business's pay for a tat on my skin to advertise their business we will see how this goes and run from there. Since I have only a few tattoo's I have plenty of skin left to run with lol.

This will be a quick update as it is late and I am tired and ready to go to bed with hubby and be happy we got through another day. The support group was an amazing help and I cannot wait to go back. Hubby was tired today more than yesterday and napped the entire time I was at the support group. I went and got him a slushy from the store up the street however as luck would have it the dang machine was not working write so of course the slushy was not as tasty as the one I got him yesterday. As fast as I put the word out I got a reply from a local tattoo shop named Mom and Pops and they offered a gift certificate we can raffle at a later benefit. They did not asked to tat me however I told them the offer is still there. It is nice to see a business with in a minute of me sending them a message reply and offer something and not ask for anything in return that is amazing. This is when you find out about the trueness of giving people. I want to make sure I let everyone know of the support we do receive because they deserve a high five for helping my husband. Hopefully my husband's package from the Patriot's will be here. Thank you for following my husbands journey. 


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07/25/2012
by Wendy Edge
Today has been a good day so far. Got an email from our Bank and they are nominating hubby for Jeans Day. If he is selected any Bank 5 employee who pays 5 dollars to wear Jeans will go to hubby. Nice to see people starting to help from our local community. I am having to fight tooth and nail to get the help but whatever it takes to keep hubby happy. I am getting ready to go to a support group for supporters in hopes it will help me the second time around. You can never have too much support so why not. Hubby is playing college football however you know he was already on the UG as he is there the moment he wakes up lol. Got to love the UG for the support they have shown my husband. One day at a time we will beat this bully of a disease. Going to be getting in touch with my college to get myself enrolled for my Master's since hubby wants to see me accomplish that and he knows I can earn another degree while helping him fight. I must get dressed to get ready to leave however please know hubby is smiling today and it is because of all the support he is getting. Again thank you to the UG and everyone who has helped and does support my husband. I will update this again later. 
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Love you Frank

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Today has been a good day so far. Got an email from our Bank and they are nominating hubby for Jeans Day. If he is selected any Bank 5 employee who pays 5 dollars to wear Jeans will go to hubby. Nice to see people starting to help from our local community. I am having to fight tooth and nail to get the help but whatever it takes to keep hubby happy. I am getting ready to go to a support group for supporters in hopes it will help me the second time around. You can never have too much support so why not. Hubby is playing college football however you know he was already on the UG as he is there the moment he wakes up lol. Got to love the UG for the support they have shown my husband. One day at a time we will beat this bully of a disease. Going to be getting in touch with my college to get myself enrolled for my Master's since hubby wants to see me accomplish that and he knows I can earn another degree while helping him fight. I must get dressed to get ready to leave however please know hubby is smiling today and it is because of all the support he is getting. Again thank you to the UG and everyone who has helped and does support my husband. I will update this again later. 
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07/25/2012
by Wendy Edge
Hubby would not allow me to shave my head cause yes I am nuts and would......so wild color add it is

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To any tattoo shop out there I will get inked for my hubby's cause if your willing to support him

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Hubby would not allow me to shave my head cause yes I am nuts and would......so wild color add it is

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To any tattoo shop out there I will get inked for my hubby's cause if your willing to support him
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07/24/2012
by Wendy Edge
Family Love....Leaves you speechless

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Cousin Mike

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Family Love....Leaves you speechless

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Cousin Mike
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07/24/2012
by Wendy Edge

Nephew Logan

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As Hubby put on facebook , "My nephew down with the cause! lol"

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Nephew Logan
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As Hubby put on facebook , "My nephew down with the cause! lol"
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07/24/2012
by Wendy Edge
Hubby calls this home......RI
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(This is one of the things this fundraiser will help him to do.....go home)
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Hubby calls this home......RI
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07/24/2012
by Wendy Edge
As my husband's journey continues it just opens my eyes to how hard it is to get help when you are sick. Places tell you if you are not a 501(c)3 they will not help you and foundations and organizations actually have all kinds of red tape you need to go through. I have so had it will all the bull when someone is fighting for their life I mean come on we are a United Country. If I saw you in need I would help you why is it you won't help me. That is a statement I have for my government. ROFL. Ok so I sent out a message to the Patriot's organization since they are our hometown team and if there is anyone who has more facts on sports it is my husband. I am a fan of the Patriot's and UFC and now The UG because of my husband and watching games with him and fights. Nothing better than watching someone get their lights knocked out. ;) Anyway I got a reply that linked me to a site that only helped 501(c)3 and not even a simple the team will pray for you or keep you in our thoughts. Rightfully so the person I am I fired back a couple of messages pretty much telling this person look your company is worth how much and you could not even pray for my husband. So yes I ripped him a new one and wow I got a reply message offering a letter and fan items and of course i immediately replied with contact info that was in my husband's story however person did not read it lol. So hubby started of the day first getting his Tee-Shirt delivered and I will post a pic here. I was then able to tell him a package for him was on its way from the Patriots and he was so excited. I went off to the docs and when I left the docs for my walk home called hubby and he was in tears. He had a message from UG member who offered his contact info for support. He was so excited with the amazing wonderful phone call he had and do not tell him I told you but he was crying that is how much this phone call meant. Some people actually realize the simplest message could make a person smile on the worst day ever. This has been a better day for him and he is losing his hair and still dealing with missing taste buds and other side effects. How does one have a good day with all that going on some may ask? He has these days because of the support he has behind him. I again send out thank you to all my husband's supporters. He went to the oncologist yesterday and weighed in at 181 pounds. Amazing last year my teddy bear was 267 pounds. His vitals were good however potassium low so he will now be on potassium every day. His tooth is nasty and will need to be pulled. The doc put him on an antibiotic and he is scheduled to have the tooth pulled on Thursday. The infection around his tooth is horrible looking however he has nothing to fight it so it gets worse faster than it would with a person who is healthy. I will be watching the finale of Deadliest Catch with hubby tonight and then will be writing letters. I will be attending a support group for supporters of cancer over at the hospital and this will help me to cope as well. I wanted to get an update in here as I spend as much good time with my hubby because any day things could change. We even talked about his final wishes should something happen and for a couple our age that is not an easy discussion. Cancer affects you body and mind. We live for today in case there is no tomorrow. At no time do we give in to this disease but we acknowledge the power it can have and therefore take nothing for granted. Take care and thanks for reading and following my husbands journey.<img src="/admin/uploads/cms/Tee-2.jpg" width="720" height="405" alt="">


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07/21/2012
by Wendy Edge
I woke up early this am to find this posted on my Facebook wall. "Believe me when I tell you that you mean absolutely everything to me. We have had our share of dark days but we always knew no matter how screwy things can get we stand right beside each other. It kills me when I think about what you have to deal with mentally while watching me struggle. Some people just don't understand how crushing that can be. All I ask is anyone that loves me is to love you just the same and always remember that you, like any human being need understanding and at the very least just to ask if you are okay. Things may be able to pull us apart but nothing stops us from coming together and never will. Help I can see me now 80 years old in my wheelchair packing up my Xbox to run to my cousins house because you threw my dentures in the toilet bowl cause I whistled at some young nurse Lmfao ...... I will love you forever and ever because no matter what nothing will ever change that." This is a man who is fighting for his life yet finds time to try and boost me up. I have watched every UFC event and Ultimate fighter with my husband and never have I seen his strength in any fighter. I watched grown men quit and their life was not on the line. When we mention a fighter or a champion it does not always mean someone who was in a ring this could also be someone like my husband. He is the true definition of a fighter and champion. Today Frank and I slept in however we were up giggling together in the middle of the am. Today he took a shower and it took most of his energy to just stand and do that. He has a horrible broken tooth that he is now dealing with and is unable to get fixed while going through chemotherapy. This is now a new struggle for him both mentally and physically. He has been on Facebook and the underground this morning from his phone. He reminded me again how much he loves it ;) Thank you Uncle Curt and Aunt Stacey for the donation he was so excited and smiling when he saw it. The support from here thus far is amazing I cannot say thank you enough. Frank needs me by his side and without this help I would be unable to do that while also getting him the things he needs which are not covered by insurance. Sometimes no one realizes as I  sit by his side I also need to fill out mass amounts of paperwork just to get him things and it is not always a guarantee you got it. I hope that someday health insurances pay for all needs of a cancer patient. I will update the site again later tonight on Frank's progress. Day 1 of Nader from the Ifosfamide so far is not his worse day however it is not his best either. Please keep sending him the encouragement he needs to fight this fight. <img src="http://www.youcaring.com/admin/includes/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/heart.gif" alt="">
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07/20/2012
by Wendy Edge
Ok so this will be the second time I am writing this lol. Hubby over here giving me advice on how to fix it. Even on a bad day he is right there to help me so love him for everything he has given in life thus far to me and everyone around him. 16 years ago me and Frank met. I had two son's and could not have anymore children however that did not stop Frank. He raised my son's like they were his and continues to do that today. He has never quit on us and that ensures he will fight this time and continue to fight and not quit. There are days when of course Frank does want to quit because it is a rough day but he does not he gets through it. The strength he has through all of this is amazing and he needs to be very proud of himself. When you face rough times you see the true colors of those around you and yourself. Last year Frank kicked cancers ass and showed who he truly was......a fighter. Again this year he will fight and retain his title as a cancer survivor.  Frank woke up at 11:30 pm today however did not make it up long. He was able to play a little college football and then was down for another nap. Today has been rough on him and tomorrow starts Nader for him. This is when his blood count will drop and he will have to be careful of fevers and infection. He was watching Tenacious D and then started watching the Fresh Prince of Bel air. At one point Carlton was dancing and Frank imitating him from bed. When hubby is making me or anyone laugh it is a good moment. Notice I said moment and not day that is because when you go through cancer some weeks are lived in moments versus days. I would like to say thank you to The Underground. This forum has gotten frank through many rough moments. He is able to read and not reply if he is not feeling yet it gives him a break from the mental thoughts of the disease. The Underground has supported him in ideas for treatment, fundraising, and even donated to him. This support blows my mind since it support from people who are not obligated to care yet do. I thank you all for being there for him and continuing to support him through this fight. Frank is currently sitting up and on his phone.....bet he is on the Underground lol. He is still feeling crappy however he fought through another day. 
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08/08/2012
by Wendy Edge

Rough Day

Here are the posts put on Frank's Fight page.

12:00 p.m.
Frank just got back from the doctors and due to dangerously low white blood count so he is on quarantine. He is unable to have visitors and cannot go out. We have masks ready for ourselves should myself or one of the boy's get sick. Just another hurdle. Disability sent a letter today saying yep we still have to wait another 60 days for a decision as to whether or not Frank is considered disabled under the states rules. So as we sit here trying to ensure Frank wins this battle the state thinks it is ok to just keep dragging things out. 

(Afternoon)

Got a call from the doctor's and Frank will have to start a second antibiotic. He will also need to go into the center for fluids, and other meds tomorrow. He is not feeling well and is just frustrated with being sick. He keeps chugging along even making dinner tonight. He refuses to let it keep him down and I am so proud of him for that.




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Rough DayHere are the posts put on Frank's Fight page.

12:00 p.m.
Frank just got back from the doctors and due to dangerously low white blood count so he is on quarantine. He is unable to have visitors and cannot go out. We have masks ready for ourselves should myself or one of the boy's get sick. Just another hurdle. Disability sent a letter today saying yep we still have to wait another 60 days for a decision as to whether or not Frank is considered disabled under the states rules. So as we sit here trying to ensure Frank wins this battle the state thinks it is ok to just keep dragging things out. 

(Afternoon)

Got a call from the doctor's and Frank will have to start a second antibiotic. He will also need to go into the center for fluids, and other meds tomorrow. He is not feeling well and is just frustrated with being sick. He keeps chugging along even making dinner tonight. He refuses to let it keep him down and I am so proud of him for that.



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08/07/2012
by Wendy Edge

Please visit Frank's Fight page and Like it once there

Here you will find the most up to date information on Frank and his journey


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08/06/2012
by Wendy Edge

Our Crazy Life

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So yesterday our washer broke and if that was not enough the neighbor decided to come up freaking out at our door and that ended with a bang. Walking to the laundromat will not be easy however as long as I have legs I will walk where ever I need to. Hubby got some excitement for the day with the crazy neighbor incident however the washer yeah I would like to dirty box it however not thinking that will make it work again. I should just tear it apart and fix it like I did our last one however I really do not have the time and the tools for the craziness so will have to make do for the time being. Last night ended with us laughing and joking of the day and hoping
tomorrow would be better.

Tomorrow is here and I can report hubby got a poster of The Houston Texans Cheerleaders and all the cheerleaders had signed the poster. It brought tears to his eyes and I was so happy to see him so happy. We received a letter from the Health insurance today denying payment for Frank's upcoming Cat scans and the health insurance says it is because these tests are not needed lmao....wow I called and started an expedited appeal but I mean really should I have to go through all of this. I just thank god hubby does not have to deal with all of this. My heart goes out to any cancer patient who has to do all this on their own and has no one to do it. We received a check from the Robby Thatcher Memorial Fund, Inc for $300 to help pay our increasing bills. It could not have come at a better time as the discontinuance notices were coming in. I will not allow hubby to do without anything and will continue to fight along side him in anyway I can too ensure he wins this fight. Today we celebrate our oldest son Cory's 19th Birthday.....Happy Birthday Cory we Love You.

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I wanted to send out a shout out to The UG. Thank you again for being there for my husband and doing what you are. There are some of you and you know who you are that put smiles on my hubby's face many times and I appreciate that. Mama Bear protects her lair and that will never stop. Thank you all for reading and supporting my husband. 



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So yesterday our washer broke and if that was not enough the neighbor decided to come up freaking out at our door and that ended with a bang. Walking to the laundromat will not be easy however as long as I have legs I will walk where ever I need to. Hubby got some excitement for the day with the crazy neighbor incident however the washer yeah I would like to dirty box it however not thinking that will make it work again. I should just tear it apart and fix it like I did our last one however I really do not have the time and the tools for the craziness so will have to make do for the time being. Last night ended with us laughing and joking of the day and hoping
tomorrow would be better.

Tomorrow is here and I can report hubby got a poster of The Houston Texans Cheerleaders and all the cheerleaders had signed the poster. It brought tears to his eyes and I was so happy to see him so happy. We received a letter from the Health insurance today denying payment for Frank's upcoming Cat scans and the health insurance says it is because these tests are not needed lmao....wow I called and started an expedited appeal but I mean really should I have to go through all of this. I just thank god hubby does not have to deal with all of this. My heart goes out to any cancer patient who has to do all this on their own and has no one to do it. We received a check from the Robby Thatcher Memorial Fund, Inc for $300 to help pay our increasing bills. It could not have come at a better time as the discontinuance notices were coming in. I will not allow hubby to do without anything and will continue to fight along side him in anyway I can too ensure he wins this fight. Today we celebrate our oldest son Cory's 19th Birthday.....Happy Birthday Cory we Love You.

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I wanted to send out a shout out to The UG. Thank you again for being there for my husband and doing what you are. There are some of you and you know who you are that put smiles on my hubby's face many times and I appreciate that. Mama Bear protects her lair and that will never stop. Thank you all for reading and supporting my husband. 


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08/05/2012
by Wendy Edge

Frank's Sunday Words

Luckily for me my wife was able to help get my stomach under control this morning. Definitely need to set that morning alarm so I'm not sleeping past meds lol ...... The morning started off as the usual though. Looking in the mirror giving myself the "morning talk". Unfortunately, for maybe only the second or third time since last year I was asking myself if I was still willing to fight even thoug
h the all-around just keeps getting worse? And then I fell apart.... The answer to the question is yes, yes I'm still willing to battle no matter what. I've never lost a fight in my life but I know if I was I would go down swinging and the other guy would not want a rematch. Taking it easy today with some Xbox and some computer work. Make sure everyone flashes a smile today because this day will have laughs and smiles from me.

Saturday August 4th

Frank has been very tired today. He was in need of a wheelchair due to the heat just from the block walk to the hospital for his shot. When we got back he laid down and I went to the market to get him things he can taste. Thanks to the donations I was able to get everything he wanted. I will be making him his Venus Demilo soup in a few. After that we will finish off the night watching the UFC on Fox hell yeah!!
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Frank's Sunday WordsLuckily for me my wife was able to help get my stomach under control this morning. Definitely need to set that morning alarm so I'm not sleeping past meds lol ...... The morning started off as the usual though. Looking in the mirror giving myself the "morning talk". Unfortunately, for maybe only the second or third time since last year I was asking myself if I was still willing to fight even thoug
h the all-around just keeps getting worse? And then I fell apart.... The answer to the question is yes, yes I'm still willing to battle no matter what. I've never lost a fight in my life but I know if I was I would go down swinging and the other guy would not want a rematch. Taking it easy today with some Xbox and some computer work. Make sure everyone flashes a smile today because this day will have laughs and smiles from me.

Saturday August 4th

Frank has been very tired today. He was in need of a wheelchair due to the heat just from the block walk to the hospital for his shot. When we got back he laid down and I went to the market to get him things he can taste. Thanks to the donations I was able to get everything he wanted. I will be making him his Venus Demilo soup in a few. After that we will finish off the night watching the UFC on Fox hell yeah!!">
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