In early December of 2013, James Irwin Stoddard Jr. was preparing for finals to finish his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Russian. James found that he was having difficulty breathing, he checked himself into the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.
They immediately began to run test and placed him on oxygen, because he had some kind of fluid around his lungs. The doctors ended up removing more than 2 liters of fluid with an orange color and found a large amount of infection.
The liquid was cancerous, so the Doctors brought in an oncologist. Even through all this, he managed to work thing out with his professors and finish his Bachelor's degree.
He had a PET & CT (cat) scan together and gave them a good baseline to go off. The cancer was in its early stages in his lungs and there was a little by one vertebrae. Chemotherapy treatments began. The doctors hoped that it would help encourage the lungs to seek their original position and unfold from the shock. James was using 12 liters of oxygen per day.
A few days before Christmas, his breathing capacity had increased and he was able to get out of the hospital, though he now needed to have an oxygen tank with him.
He was on Chemo treatments and he was feeling the fatigue over the months that followed, until the beginning of May when they checked how the Chemo had affected the cancer.
The Chemotherapy did not affect the cancer at all. A stronger medicine was administered for a sharper PET scan to what the cancer was done. The small speck on his vertebra had spread throughout his vertebrae. A limp node under his right jawbone has increased in size, where they were able to get a biopsy from the limp node, so they could determine what kind of Lung Cancer they were facing to be more successful. They gave what James called a "cocktail", it has two different Chemo drugs than he has had, and one other. They hoped it would stop the cancer from dividing.
James back was in a great deal of pain and everything else ached. He soon could no longer take care of himself and it was planned that he would go up with our parents to their home in Ogden UT. In preparation for that move, he stayed with our sister Rachel, her husband Heath, and their children.
In the morning on May 21 2014, when Heath went in to wake James up, he found he had died peacefully in his sleep.
We are raising money because he did not have any life insurance to aid in funeral expenses and to help with the expense of transporting him closer to our parents' home in Utah.