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Throughout this whole ordeal we communicated with everyone by email.  It was a fast and easy way to get the info and prayer requests out to as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.  This is a compilation of those updates from start to finish.  I know I may have a missed a few here and there.  Some of the emails were sent out by my wife Sally, some were sent by Dad, some by Mom, most are from me.  We tried to always maintain a positive attitude and keep the emails upbeat and include some of Dad's humor.



Prayer request April 9 (from my wife Sally)

Cary's Dad Carl Marsalis suffered a stroke and a seizure today.  All we have been told is that it doesn't look good.  We are waiting for more information from family before we will know if/when we will be traveling to Alabama.  Some of you may know that the Alexis' senior cruise is this Thursday and Tanner's 5 yr cancer free party is next weekend in Alabama. 

Carl is a wonderful man and Cary and I are very close to him.  Please pray for God's grace, strength and power of healing.

Love

RED

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Prayer request part 2 April 9 (from my wife Sally)

Thanks for all your kind emails and prayers!

Carl never had a stroke, he did have two seizures and he does have a brain tumor in the right temporal lope.  This is most likely curable and most likely a glioma, but that is all pending the neurosurgeon consult on Monday.  Apparently, if you are going to have a brain tumor, you want it to be in the right temporal lope.  Cary and I will be flying to AL on Monday AM and can be reached on our cells for further updates.

God Bless and Thanks for the prayers

Love

RED

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Update April 15 (from Dad)

We had another MRI yesterday but  I did not get the results of yesterday's MRI until  5:30 pm, and the results were inconclusive.
 
They decided to let me go home for the Easter Weekend, and we checked out of the hospital around 7:30 pm last night.   Then, when we got home, the
Homecare people came out to show Cheryl and Ross how to do my intravenous medication system.   And, then, neighbors brought food and encouragement.
It was too late to do e-mails.
 
The plan now is to do an Arterial gram Monday to try to determine what is causing my problems.  If that does not answer the doctors' questions, they
will do another MRI Tue.   If that does not tell them anything, they will do a brain biopsy Wed which should finally tell us everything we need to know.
 
The best we hope for is that it is a viral infection in the brain.   The worse is a brain tumor.  But, everything is correctable.
 
We will keep in touch.  Prayers and e-mails are welcomed.
 
Thanks everybody.
 
Carl

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Update April 18

Hello everyone,
 
We did not have the MRI today.  We decided to give this a little more time and the doctor agrees.  We are scheduled for surgery on May 2nd.  This gives
us time to pray for the best outcome.  Right now we still are not certain exactly what this is and maybe it will be easier to identify in a few days.
Whatever it is, it must come out. 
 
Dad enjoys hearing from you.  He is in the best spirits possible.  We all appreciate your prayers and good wishes. 
 
Thanks and God bless,
 
Cary Marsalis

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Update April 19 (from Mom)

Things may have been a little confusing.  This message will attempt to clarify things.
 
Carl and the family met with his doctors yesterday.  Apparently, there are 3 possibilities of what is causing his problems.  It could be "just a
stroke", Encephalitis, or a tumor.  By waiting two weeks for surgery which is the only way to know for certain what is wrong, the stroke or
Encephalitis could be cured by the medication they are giving him.   If it does not, all 3 possibilities could still exist.
 
The May 2 surgery will determine what is the cause and will allow the doctors to remove whatever it is.  Recovery from surgery will depend on how
much "stuff" has to be removed or whether or not the tumor (if it is a tumor) is malignant.   At this point, all doctors are confident it is not
malignant.
 
So continue to pour prayers on Carl.   His attitude is great, and he feels great.   The hardest problem is keeping him down.   He feels so good he
wants to get out and do things but he is listening and behaving.
 
Thanks for everything.
 
Carol

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Update April 23

Hello,

We are back at home.  Seems like months.  I'm so sorry if everyone did not get an update on what has been going on.  I did not have access to my address book for the last two weeks.  Dad was doing pretty good when we left this morning.  No signs or symptoms at all other than getting tired pretty quickly and some dizziness.  Not bad at all for a guy that just two weeks ago today had a stroke, 5 seizures and some kind of lump in his brain!  Pretty amazing that he has no effects or noticeable symptoms at all after what he has been through.  God is good.  His complete lack of signs of a stroke or seizure or tumor other than the MRI and his unbelievably fast recovery is what has led to a lot of the confusion with his doctors.  He has basically beaten the odds and gone against anything they can explain so far.  Sally and I and my sister Carla and my niece Alexis did as much as we could to help out with the things Dad won't be able to do for some time since they are still restricting his activity.  Sally and I will be here all week trying to get back to some sort of a normal life and maybe finally some rest.  Dad is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor on May 2nd.  He will have an MRI on Friday to determine what the next step will be.  The doctors are pretty certain that is it a tumor and that he will have surgery but we're praying for a miracle that he won't need it.  If he does need surgery, Sally and I will drive back this Sunday and stay until the following Saturday.  Tanner's 5 year cancer free party went great.  My brother-in-law Ross had my dad come up to the front and had the minister and church leaders anoint him with oil and we all prayed which seemed to help my dad a lot.  He wanted to make sure I thank everyone for all of the thoughts and prayers.  He is eternally grateful.

Please pass this on to anyone I may have missed. 

Thanks and have a great day!

Cary

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Update April 26 (from Dad)

Cary & Sally:

So sorry to hear you both have pink eye.   Take care of yourselves.

Mom and I have had some good luck fishing the last two days.  Day before yesterday, we caught 23 Blue Gill, most were pretty good size.   Last night, we caught 19 Blue Gill not counting two that Mom lost bringing up the dock.   She had them out of the water but they got off.   They were huge – probably bigger than the one on the locker wall.

I am doing pretty good.   The wait is not making me as nutso as I expected but Mom and Cheryl are doing a great job keeping me occupied.

Love,

Dad

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Update April 27 (from Sally)

Sorry to tell ya'll, but due to a family emergency I am canceling Cary's surprise party and I have told him so it is safe to reply.

Cary's dad, Carl is going to have a brain tumor (glioma) removed on May 2nd so there is no way I can pull that on off.  I will maybe reschedule, or sadly no crawfish boil this year.

On a happier note, the tumor is in a great place if you have to have a brain tumor and he should have a full recovery.  After a stroke and 5 seizures he already has had a full recovery and you would never know that our world turned upside down on April 9th.  We are already seeing God's blessings and finding his strengths in alls this.

Take care and see ya'll when we can!

Love

RED

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Update April 28 (from Sally to anyone that did not know what was going on yet)

Cary's dad, Carl, suffered a stroke and 5 seizures on April 9th.  This led to the diagnosis of a glioma in the right frontal lobe.  The drs have said if you have to have a brain tumor this is the best place to have one, easier to locate, snip, snip, your in, your out.  Within 24 hrs of the stroke there were no residual effects, back to the comical Carl or older version of Cary if you can imagine!  He does get tired or worn out easily, but he does/did have brain swelling for the last two weeks and that was to be expected after all the brain trauma.

May 2nd he is scheduled for brain surgery, that is so difficult to type, so unreal and yet only a few days away.  The prayer request is for a benign tumor.  If it is malignant, Carl will have to undergo 20 rounds of radiation and I have yet to research what that will do to healthy brain cells, but I imagine it can't be good.

To date Carl has been sharp as a tack. The risks of surgery are a pie shape loss of vision and weakness in the left arm, the very important golf arm for the avid golfer.  Also death, stroke, seizure, but we are in denial about those.

So please pray for a benign tumor.  What a crazy request right?

Thanks in advance and we shall keep you posted as we learn more

Love

RED

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Update April 29

Hi folks,

Well, Dad will definitely have surgery on Tuesday May 2nd.  The MRI from Friday showed a clearer picture of the mass in Dad's brain because a lot of the swelling is gone.  The mass did not get any bigger and is a little more defined.  Yet another surgeon looked at it and says it could be an infection or it could be a tumor.  So now 16 surgeons and doctors have reviewed the MRIs, tests, etc.  8 say they think it is a tumor and 8 say they think it is infection.  The only way to know for sure is to go in and take it out.

Sally and I will be driving to Alabama tomorrow morning.  I have printed out my email address book so I will be able to update everyone that I have email addresses for.

Thanks for everything,

Cary Marsalis

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Update May 1

Well, I thought I would send out an update from the, as my mom puts it, "when it rains it pours department".

It is 11:24p Monday night and Sally and I have just arrived home from a 41 hour trip to Alabama.  19 hours of drive time and 22 hours actually in Alabama visiting.

My dad has developed a staph infection in his left arm.  Surgery has been postponed to next week at the earliest.  Sally and I left so we could come back and save the vacation to use when he finally has surgery.

The doctors think it came from the homecare supplies he was using for his IV treatments.  He will see the surgeon first thing Monday morning May 8th.  If they decide the infection is gone and will go ahead and do the surgery Tuesday May 9th, Sally and I will get back in the car and drive back to Alabama on the 8th. 

I think this has just about driven us all crazy.  If anyone ever needs tips or directions to drive to Alabama, we're experts!  :-)

Thanks for the continued prayers!
Cary

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Update May 5 (from Dad)

Carla & Cary:

If I have surgery Tuesday, it will be at 7 am.   Thought you might want to know that for planning purposes.   I still wish none of you would come all the way back up here for the surgery.

Love,

Dad

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Update May 6 (from Dad)

Cary:

It appears I could be home by Friday if the surgery is Tuesday and everything goes well.

I feel real good this morning.   Going to games for Tanner and Carter today.

Dad

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Update May 8 (from Mom)

Pending any last minute changes, Carl's surgery to remove the brain tumor will take place at 7 am tomorrow morning.  The neurosurgeon was pleased with the progress of the staph infection.  Carl will have the stealth MRI this afternoon at 3 pm.
 
We have to be at the hospital for 5 am tomorrow so they can prep Carl for the surgery.  The surgery can take from 2 ½ hours to 4 ½ hours.  So it will
probably be early afternoon before we know how the surgery went.   As soon as we know, we will e-mail everybody.
 
Thanks for the prayers and concerns.
 
Carol

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Update May 8

Hi folks,

Sally and I are currently heading along the road outside of Vicksburg, MS.  Since Sally is driving this part of the trip, I thought I'd send out an update on my dad.  Isn't modern technology great?  I highly recommend gotomypc.com if you travel a lot and want to use your pc at home from anywhere in the country.  I decided to try it since we have been traveling just a little bit lately.  :-) 

Dad will have surgery tomorrow morning at 7:00am.  We have to be at the hospital for 5:00am for pre-op.  The surgery should take 2 1/1 to 4 1/2 hours.  We probably won't know anything until early afternoon.  If all goes well, Dad should able to leave the hospital Friday afternoon.

I'll send out an update as soon as we know something.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.

Cary

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Update May 9

Well, this is not the update I thought I'd be sending out.  Dad was joking up until the last moment and is making some jokes as he is waking up.  He came through it just fine.

However, the tumor appears to be malignant.  They could not remove all of it.  They got about 90% of it out.  Part of the tumor has attached itself to a very large vein and one of the arteries in his brain.  We don't know specifically what the game plan is yet or what the outlook is.

We will meet with the surgeon this afternoon to discuss the next steps.  He will definitely have chemo and radiation treatments.  We are all on board for having treatments at MD Anderson in Houston.  It is definitely a shock but we are optimistic about the outcome and are praying for the best.

Thanks for the continued prayers,

Cary

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Update May 10

Dad had a fairly rough night and morning.  My brother-in-law Ross spent the night with him.  He's having a great deal of pain.  The surgeon had to cut
the muscle that controls movement of the jaw on the right side of the face to get to the tumor which was unexpected.  That is what is causing a great deal of
the pain.  We are praying for pain relief for Dad.  He is very swollen on the side of his face and has some swelling of the brain.  He also had a seizure
early this morning.  His sodium and blood sugar levels got really low as well.
 
He is alert when he is awake and aware of who is in the room and what is going on around him.  He responds to all questions with the correct answers.
Of course, he's also still making jokes.  He had just woke up with my sister Carla and I in the room and asked for Mom.  Carla told him she was on the
phone and he said "surprise, surprise".  We kidded around with him before surgery about putting a chip in his head to make him like cats, the color pink,
etc. and the first thing he said was "I still don't like cats."  His mind is as sharp as ever.  He also has a whole bunch of his strength back.  He was
determined to get out of bed last night and Mom and I had so much trouble keeping him in bed I had to go get help.  He settled down after that.
 
We still don't have any results from pathology.  Should be tomorrow afternoon. 
 
The surgeon stopped by a few minutes ago.  He said that Dad is doing very well.  The swelling, seizure and brain swelling are pretty much what he expected.
The low blood sugar and sodium levels are the results of the medication.  They cut back on the amount of medication he is receiving.  That has
caused Dad to wake up a little more and made him more alert.  He finally ate some chicken broth which is the first time he has eaten anything since Monday
night so that's a good sign and we expect continued improvement.
 
Thanks to everyone for all of the prayers, support and messages.  I am relaying each one of them to Mom and Dad.
 
Cary Marsalis

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Urgent Update May 11

Things have gotten worse.  Dad has a lot of swelling in his brain.  If he stops responding neurologically, they will have to do surgery to
remove some of the tissue which will affect his speech. 
 
We are asking for immediate prayers from everyone for the swelling to decrease.
 
Thanks for walking through this valley with us.
Cary Marsalis

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Urgent Update May 11 part 2

Okay, keep those prayers coming!
 
We do know that the tumor is a stage 4 tumor.  That is as bad as it gets.  However, we are using Tanner as our inspiration.  With his second round of cancer
he had no stage.  He was beyond stage 4 and we were blessed with a miracle.  We are praying for the same thing with Dad.
 
On a much happier note, Dad is doing great.  The medicine they are giving him to reduce the brain swelling seems to be working.  He is still pretty
swollen but the swelling of the side of his face has come down quite a bit.  He is much more alert and lucid.  He remembers everything, makes jokes, makes
the same comments and jokes with me as always, has smiled and even laughed a few times.  He is eating more.  He is not using as much pain medication and
went 12 hours without using any pain medication.  His sodium level is up and needs to be just three more points to be where the doctor wants it to be.
 
We are not out of the woods yet but it is better than it was.  I spent the night with him in ICU.  The difference between the man I was with last night
and early this morning and the guy I was talking to just now is pretty amazing.  He looks better, feels better and is talking a lot better.  He will remain
in the ICU for a while longer.
 
We do expect he may go back to being a little hazy tonight which is normal.  The nurses call it ICU Psychosis which occurs 3 to 4 days after surgery.
 
It is definitely some much needed good news finally.
 
Thanks for the prayers and keep it going.  It's definitely working!
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 12

I was hoping to get this update out earlier but we have had a lot of visits with Dad.  He continues to improve.  He is much more alert and awake today.
His right eye is way better and is almost normal.  The swelling on the right side of his face has drastically reduced.  He is still having some pain
and still mumbles a bit but it is improving.  He is wearing his glasses now.  He ate really good today as well.  He answers all questions and follows all
commands from the staff.  The power of prayer!

We talked with the surgeon today and said Dad is doing better but still has a long way to go.  All of the numbers are looking good right now.  His sodium
level is right where they want it to be.  The swelling in his brain has actually increased a little.  The doctor said that's not too bad and
since Dad is recovering so well right now, he thinks we may be past the worse of the swelling.  He is expecting it to continue to improve and believes we
may be at the peak of the swelling at this point.  He looked at the scan and could not see the tumor anymore.  He knows it's there since he left some of
it in but can't see it right now.  We're going for the miracle that it will be completely gone.  Keep on sending those prayers!
 
Dad's first questions this morning were "who was named the new CIA chief? and "did Barry Bonds pass Babe Ruth yet?"  Dad has continued to make us laugh
with his comments and jokes and he has smiled a few times and laughed a few times.  He has constantly talked about his laptop and has made me promise to
get him set up with his laptop and an Internet connection when he moves to a private room.  At times when he is really tired he thinks he has one
and is using one, typically asking Mom to "get his number one son to help him with his laptop".  I got the ranking by default since I'm the only son!  :-)
I am printing out emails to read to him so thanks for the messages.
 
He was thrilled to get to visit with 4 of his 5 grandkids today.  The fifth one, Andrew, is driving in tomorrow.  That has lifted his spirits.
 
Dad still does not know exactly what is going on.  We have not told him that the tumor is a grade 4 tumor or that they didn't get all of it out.  The
doctors are waiting until he is more clear headed to talk to him about what has happened and what the next steps are.  I think he has some feelings about
it though.  He and I were alone in the room this afternoon and he asked me how he looked, did the side of his face look better, how do I think he's
doing.  He then said that he feels pretty good and with about 4 or 5 hours of sleep he will feel a lot better.  He also said he is comfortable, and
believes he is out of the woods.  I asked him why he said that and he said that he knows he is having some problems but thinks he has turned a corner and
that he will be fine.  He faith is as strong as ever.
 
God bless you all for your prayers and support.
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 13

I wanted to give everyone a quick earlier update today.  Dad is doing really good today.  Eating well.  More alert.  My niece Alexis brought pictures
for him to look at.  He read the USA Today.  I printed out several of the emails we have received and gave them to him to read.  He brushed his teeth
and shaved himself today as well.  He still gets a little disoriented when he gets tired but it is better.  Not too bad at all.  His blood sugar is
stable so he is off the insulin.  He is off the oxygen.  His sodium level is a little above the minimum level that the doctor wanted.  He looks
really good.  A lot less tubes are attached to him now.  His right eye is almost back to normal.  The scan showed that the brain swelling has decreased a
little.  He will have a unit of blood today because his blood count is low due to all of the fluid that has been pumped into him.  This afternoon they are
going to get him up and out of bed and into a recliner.  He may be out of ICU by Monday afternoon.  It's still a ways to go but the surgeon feels that
we have made it through the eye of the storm.
 
Continue those prayers!  They are absolutely helping.  We are praying for that complete miracle of total healing.  We know God can do it!
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 13 part 2

Well, it's the end of another day.  Pretty good day overall.  I helped him with his physical therapy today.  The therapist did some exercises with him
and got him sitting up on the edge of the bed.  We got him on a walker for a couple of steps and then put him in a chair for about an hour.  Around two
hours of activity.  He did good and it tired him out quite a bit.  He is anxious to keep working on his exercises.  He is getting better little by little.
He hands and arms are strong.  His right leg is good.  He left leg is a little weak and that is what we are working on.
 
Mom is doing good.  She is holding up well.  She is going to spend the night with Dad tonight.
 
The doctor told Dad a little about what went on.  He told him that he had to leave some of the tumor in because it was too close to an artery.  He also
explained that radiation will take care of the rest of the tumor.  Dad does not know it is a grade 4 tumor yet or what the plan is.  The surgeon did tell
him that this is the type of tumor that always reoccurs.  Radiation will help keep that in check along with medication.  There is no telling about
the reoccurrence.  It could be 1 year from now.  It could be 20 years from now.  We have receive a lot of testimony from people that have had brain tumors
or knew people with brain tumors that have survived 10, 15, 20 years and Tanner continues to be the inspiration.
 
I do want to make sure everyone knows how much we appreciate the prayers and support.  It means the world to us.  I also want to let everyone know that
the staff has been wonderful.  We are all very comfortable with Dad's surgeon Rick McKenzie.  He is a great surgeon and man with strong faith.  He does
not beat around the bush which we like.  He also explains everything extremely well.  He had said from the beginning that he would not do anything
that would harm Dad.  He wanted to make sure that Dad leaves the same as he came in.  That's the reason he did not try to remove all of the tumor.
 
I'll let everyone know how things are going tomorrow.

Thanks for the continued support.
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 14

Sorry about the late update.  I spent last the night with Dad in ICU and went back to the house and got some rest.  Then my wife Sally and I did a few
chores around the house that needed to get done.  Mom is staying with him tonight.

Dad had another good day.  He is still moving right along.  The brain swelling has not changed much but it is stable so it is not expected to get any worse
and should start coming down.  There is still quite a bit of swelling and edema on the brain.  He is more lucid and clear each day.  He asked me a couple
of times last night if he was talking goofy.  He would also say "I might be confused but ..." and then ask me a question so it seems like his mind is
starting to clear up some.  The nurses are amazed at how sharp he is.  He slept pretty good for longer stretches than the previous days.  He had another
round of physical therapy that went well.  He and I worked on his exercises for his left leg throughout the day.  All of his numbers look good and are
fairly steady.  Dad should be moved out of ICU tomorrow and into a private room which is definitely a good sign.  Thank you Lord.
 
I thought I'd share some of the humor coming out of his mouth as we go along.
 
Dad joke of the day:  After telling the nurse some of the jobs he has had, he mentioned he did the food service for prisons.  The nurse said prison
nutrition sounds interesting.  Dad:  "It was little confining."  :-)
 
(Now some of you know where I get it.)
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 15

Well, today we took a big step.  Dad has left ICU and is now in a private room.  Thank God.  It has been a long 6 days to get him out of there but we
made it.  He continues to improve each day.  I was told the scan yesterday showed the swelling had stabilized but had not changed.  This morning the
surgeon said that the scan yesterday showed a little improvement and the scan today showed a little more improvement.  They removed the central line from his
neck so now he is down to just one plain old IV and a catheter. A lot less tubes and wires than he had last week.  They are also starting to cut back on
some of the medications.  The doctors believe he may actually get to go home at the end of the week.  Sally and I will stay here until he gets home and is
at home at least for a day before heading home ourselves.
 
Dad is looking good and feeling good.  He gets tired pretty quickly which is not surprising after what he has been through.  He had two rounds of physical
therapy today and we have worked on his exercises the last couple of days.  He is looking and acting more like himself each day.  The nurses in ICU were
wonderful and enjoyed having Dad there.  They have asked us to bring him back by when he is recovered enough to visit.
 
Dad joke of the day:  One of the nurses Pam came by today to see how Dad was doing.  Pam was his nurse the first two days in ICU.  She also called to check
on Dad on her days off.  Mom mentioned to Dad how Pam and all of the nurses liked him.  Dads response:  "What's not to like?"  :-)
 
Thanks again for the prayers and support,
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 16

Not too much to report today.  Dad is still doing good.  The surgeon still wants him a little more alert before talking to him about what is going on.
Dad did physical therapy and made it out of bed three times today.  He is pretty worn out.  Looks good and sounds good but a little tired.  We were told to
expect that after all of the pain and medication he has had.
 
It is becoming more and more clear that we are extremely fortunate and blessed to have him doing this good so far.  It could have turned out much
differently several times.
 
Dad joke of the dad from this morning shows he still has some political humor in him.  His left side is still pretty weak.  He was leaning in the chair to
his left side.  Dad said he didn't want to lean to the left.  He has no problem leaning to the right, just not the left.
 
Thanks again for everything,
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 17

Well, we got a bit of a surprise today.  Mom, Sally and I were working around the house while my sister Cheryl was at the hospital with Dad when we got a
call that they were moving Dad out of DCH Medical Center to a rehab hospital.  Not what we expected today but another step on this journey and it's a
good one.  The last we heard was he would be out Thursday at the earliest and then do some sort of rehab.  It will help a lot doing in-patient rehab.
His left leg is still weak but better than it was.  Dad was a little disappointed about in-patient rehab but he knows he needs to get stronger before he can
go home with Mom.
 
He looks even better and the scan today showed even better results.  He will be at the Northport Hospital Rehab center for as long as 7 days.  The
catheter was removed so he is finally down to one tube and no wires.  They will start radiation treatment here in Tuscaloosa next week.  The surgeon
and other doctors want to get on top of this thing pretty quick.  The oncologist has contacted a specialist in Birmingham and has sent a copy of the
test results, labs, records and scans to MD Anderson in Houston for their opinion. 
 
Dad joke of the day:  After the nurse removed the catheter, Dad said "If you weren't already married, I'd propose."  He now refers to her as his fiancé.
(Dad suggested I use this as the Dad joke of the day in the email.  Yes, he is a lot more aware of what is going on and what I have been doing.)
 
God bless everyone,
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 18 (from Mom)

We had our meeting with the radiology/oncologist today.  It was not what we wanted to hear.  We will be going other places to see what their protocol
would be.  The bottom line is radiation and chemo starting in a few weeks.  That is the doctor's plan.  However, we have the Master's plan.  Our Lord
encourages us to cast our cares on Him.  We are seeking His wisdom and guidance, and hope all of you will join us in our battle.
 
Carl enjoys the emails and cards and hearing from wonderful friends and family.  His therapy went very well and his humor is ever present.
 
Carol

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Update May 18

I have told my family that I don't care about the medicine, the treatments, doctors opinions, the science, the statistics or percentages.  The news
may have been discouraging but I am focused on the will of God.  God will get us through this whatever His will is.  My nephew Tanner continues to be our
inspiration and our hero.  He was given no chance by the medicine, the treatments, the doctors, the science, the statistics and percentages.  There was
no hope and no chance for Tanner with his second battle with cancer.  Today he is a happy and healthy kid.  God can do it anything we ask of Him.
With Him all things are possible.
 
Maybe Dad can have an article written about him like Tanner did.  Kind of a follow up story on how Tanner's Paw Paw beat cancer.  Now that will be a
great article.

We are in for the long haul.  I am encouraging everyone to put the focus on God.  Everything is in His control. 
 
Dad joke of the day:  His neuro psychologist came into today.  His name is Dr. Paraska.  He said since his last name is a little difficult, people call him
Dr. P.  Dad said with a name like Dr. P., he ought to be a urologist.
 
Thank you for the continued prayers and support,
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 19

Dad continues to do great in physical therapy.  He walked 120 steps the first day, then 238 the next day, and today did stairs.  He is coming along
nicely.  They did a neuro psychology exam to test his brain function and he finished all of the tests and exercises 45 minutes than anyone had before. 
 
His attitude is great and he has complete faith in God about this whole thing.
 
They will continue to work him on Monday.  They cut back a little on Saturday and then do almost nothing on Sunday.  He should be going to Birmingham next
week at some point.
 
Dad joke of the day:  Each different physical therapist tells him to stand up tall.  Dad:  "I am standing up tall.  I'm only 5' 6"."
 
God bless,
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 20

Well, this is probably going to be my last update for a while anyway.  Sally and I are heading home tomorrow morning.  Since I won't be here, I won't be
getting information first hand.  I am counting on Mom and Dad to keep us all updated.
 
Dad is doing great.  He is going through rehab with flying colors.  He looks good and feels good.  He will have his laptop with him and connected to the
Internet tonight so feel free to send him an email.
 
To the folks I have known for a while, thanks for being there.  To the people I know but haven't seen in some time, thanks for catching up with us.  To
those we just met for the first time face-to-face, I hope to get to know you better.  To those I have traded emails with but haven't met yet, I certainly
hope to get the chance to meet each one of you.
 
It has been a heck of a time the last six weeks.  We have a long road ahead of us but with God and with everyone's support we'll make it.  Thank you so
much for taking this journey with us.  We are truly grateful for your prayers, thoughts, support and words of encouragement.  Please feel free to email
me any time or ask any questions you may have.
 
Dad joke of the day:  Each time a nurse comes in to do an IV or remove an IV with the tape, they comment on how hairy dad is.  Dad:  "I can grow hair
everywhere except the top of my head."
 
God bless everyone,
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 22

Hi all,
 
Well, I guess you're stuck with my a while longer.  Mom asked me to continue doing the updates as she gives me information.  Dad is doing great with
rehab.  He walked 1,160 steps today.  The latest scan shows a marked improvement in the brain swelling.  Dad will probably be out of rehab
Wednesday and return home.  He will have an evaluation Friday morning at 9:15am to start the process of working on treatment.
 
Dad joke of the day from one of our days in the ICU:  The nurse said she needed to go check on the little man next door.  Dad:  "So when you're in his room am
I the big fat man next door?
 
God bless and it's good to check in with everyone again!
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 22 (from Dad)

Some of you have asked why I am having radiation and or chemo treatments since they thought the tumor was removed completely when in fact only 90 %
of it was removed.  The remaining 10% is on a main artery and removal surgically could have caused severe problems.  However, radiation and chemo
treatments will hopefully remove all of it.
 
Hope that clarifies the situation.
 
I m feeling better every day but the physical therapy really makes me tired.
 
Carl

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Update May 24 (from Dad)

Today is a great day!!!  I am being discharged from the hospital today.   Tonight, I will sleep in my own bed.

We are going to the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham to consult with a Neuro Oncologist about what is the best protocol to follow for my radiation and chemo treatments.   Then, Friday, we go to MD Anderson in Houston for the same purpose but we will be Houston for only a short period of time – only a matter of hours.

I will not have to check back into a hospital on our return from MD Anderson as treatment will be on an outpatient basis.

Carl

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Update May 25

My dad met with the doctor at the University of Alabama - Birmingham yesterday.  My mom said the doctor did a great job of explaining everything to
Dad and he now realizes just what the situation is and how serious it is.  As well all do, he still has faith the God will take care of it. 
 
He is encouraged about the protocol the doctor in Birmingham wants to follow and it is a little more promising than what we were told before by the
doctor in Tuscaloosa.  Dad still isn't too thrilled about doing treatments any other places away from home but has said he will do what he needs to do.
He is thrilled to be back in his own home finally.
 
Dad is traveling to Houston today in the comfort of an RV my brother-in-law Ross rented to meet with the folks at MD Anderson tomorrow morning to see what
they think.  We have sent the information and tests results to the brother of a friend of my parents who is the head of oncology at a hospital in San Francisco
or something like that.  Not too sure.  I know he does something at a hospital in San Francisco!  :-) Also, a friend of a friend is doing research on brain tumors at Duke and we may get their opinion as well.  We are pulling out all of the stops to get Dad the best care possible.
 
Sally and I are driving to Lafayette, LA on Saturday for my niece's graduation because we just haven't spent enough time in a car and enough money on gas
lately!  :-) Dad will get to go as well so that is another blessing.  We will come back home on Sunday.
 
Dad joke of the day:  This is one I have heard my ENTIRE life.  People always tell me how much I look like my dad.  I have heard it hundreds and hundreds
of times.  That's probably why I grew my hair long in high school and have a beard now!  :-) 
 
Every time someone says, "Wow, you look just like your dad.", including the doctors and nurses, they get the same response.  Dad:  "Isn't he a lucky guy?
Good looking just like me."
 
As always, thanks for the prayers and support.
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 25 part 2

Dad is motoring right along to MD Anderson tonight.  He will be there only a few hours and then return back to my sister's house in Lafayette, LA for my
neice's graduation.  He is feeling good and doing good.  We are looking forward to seeing him this weekend. 

As always, thanks for the prayers.
Cary Marsalis

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Update May 25 (from Dad)

Yesterday at UAB WENT WELL.  They have some promising dugs they are using on my type of tumor.  And, we expect to find even better protocol and drugs at MD Anderson tomorrow.

My first day and night at home were great!  I am feeling good.

Carl

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Update May 28

Hello folks,

Dad finished up with MD Anderson yesterday.  The doctors at MD Anderson see what they believe is another tumor deeper inside the brain.  They have explained to Dad that there is no cure for what he has but they can work to slow it down.  They have recommended what their treatment would be but cannot guarantee he will be on the actual medication in the clinical trial.  He will do his treatments in Birmingham and may go back to MD Anderson for follow ups at some point.  My brother-in-law is going to put Dad on the three types of medication MD Anderson would use in their protocol in addition to a daily injection, oral chemo and six weeks of radiation.  They have sent everything to a specialist in San Francisco.  The specialist is the brother of a friend of my parents and he is the head of neuro-oncology.  The doctors in Birmingham and MD Anderson all know the guy in San Francisco and he is a leader in the field so we'll see what he has to say.

Dad is feeling pretty good.  He is walking fine.  No walker and moving around on his own quite well.  We all enjoyed Alexis' graduation today.  It is a nice family weekend together.

If you have any questions about anything, please email me.  Dad is still getting a little bit of stuff confused so Mom wants to make sure we get the right info out.

Dad joke for the day:  MD Anderson gave him a book about brain tumors.  Dad refers to it as "Brain Tumors For Dummies".

This is in a book at Carla's house I read today.  The book is called "God Has Never Failed Me, But He's Sure Scared Me To Death A Few Times" by Stan Toler.

     What Cancer Can't Do

     Cancer is so limited ...

          It cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope,

          It cannot corrode faith, it cannot eat away peace,

          It cannot destroy confidence,

          It cannot kill friendship,

          It cannot shut out memories,

          It cannot silence courage,

          It cannot invade the soul,

          It cannot reduce eternal life,

          It cannot quench the spirit,

          It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

          Though the physical body may be destroyed by disease, the spirit can remain triumphant.  If disease has invaded your body, refuse to let it touch your spirit. 
          Your body can be severely afflicted, and you may have a struggle.  But if you keep trusting God's love, your spirit will remain strong.

          Why must I bear this pain?  I cannot tell, I only know my Lord does all things well.  And so trust in God, my all in all, for He will bring me through, what'er befall. 

          Our greatest enemy is not disease, but despair.

God bless everyone,
Cary

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Update May 30 (from Dad)

We left Houston Friday and stayed at our daughter's house in Lafayette, LA for 3 days.  We got to attend our granddaughter's high school graduation and
one of her softball games.
 
We arrived back home in Alabama about 30 minutes ago.
 
We expect to make a decision about radiation and chemo tomorrow and hope to start treatments by the end of the week.
 
As always, we appreciate the prayers - keep them coming.
 
Carl

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Update May 31 (from Dad)

We have an appointment this afternoon at UAB in Birmingham.  They will be making a radiation mask and doing other preliminary work to get the radiation and chemo treatments started next week.  I have been accepted for UAB’s Test Trial for brain tumors.   All of our medical advisers are very excited about this as they feel it is the best opportunity to get at the remaining tumor that was not removed surgically.

I will have radiation treatments 5 days a week (Mon to Fri) and chemo 7 days a week.   The chemo will be a pill taken by mouth.  We will have to go to Birmingham 5 days a week but that is only a 45 minute drive.

Carl

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Update June 1

Howdy all,

I wanted to make sure everyone got Dad's latest update.  He had an appointment yesterday afternoon at UAB in Birmingham.  They will be making a radiation mask and doing other preliminary work to get the radiation and chemo treatments started next week.  He has been accepted for UAB’s Test Trial for brain tumors.   All of the medical advisers are very excited about this as they feel it is the best opportunity to get at the remaining tumor that was not removed surgically.

He will have radiation treatments 5 days a week (Mon to Fri) and chemo 7 days a week.   The chemo will be a pill taken by mouth.  They will have to go to Birmingham 5 days a week but that is only a 45 minute drive.

Also, Ross spoke with the doctor in San Francisco that is the brother of a friend of Mom and Dad.  He said that the treatment Dad is getting has been very effective for him with his patients.  He told Ross that you can't lump every person in a box and assume each patient is the same which we liked to hear.  He also said that just because the science and stats say one thing about this tumor is doesn't mean it's the same for everyone and that each patient has to be treated individually.  He has one patient with glioblastoma that has survived 10+ years and had a reoccurrence of his tumor during that time but has done really well with the treatment. 

Hope everyone is doing well.  Sally and I are finally getting back into the swing of things at home.  I don't believe we plan on driving any where for a least a little while!  :-)

It's hard coming up with a Dad joke of the day since I'm not with him everyday, so I thought I'd use an old one. 

Dad joke of the day:  Dad got a staff infection at the beginning of all of this and it caused his surgery to be postponed by a week.  Turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it got him a private room paid for by insurance because of the staff infection.  Ross cut on the arm cleaned the infection out and everything and took care of it.  It left a rather large, deep hole in Dad's wrist.  Dad:  "I need this like I need a hole in my head.  Oh wait, I'm getting (have) one of those too!"

Take care,
Cary

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Update June 6 (from Dad)

Yesterday, we spent a lot of time with the Nurse Practitioner and the doctor in charge of the UAB test trial.  They ran a bunch of tests (blood, X-Rays, EKG, and MRI).

We really liked the doctor and Nurse Practitioner.

We will have radiation treatments Mon to Fri for 30 weeks and chemo every day of the week for 30 weeks. We will administer the chemo ourselves at home by pill and an injection every day.  The radiation will be administered by the staff at UAB.  We are looking forward to getting started.  We will start treatments Wed or Thur of this week.

We still need prayers that I tolerate the radiation and chemo well without too many bad side affects and, of   course that the treatments do their job and get rid of the remaining portion of the tumor.

Thanks very much for your prayers and support.

Carl

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Update June 6 part 2(from Dad)

In my last update, I said I would be having radiation and Chemo treatments for 30 weeks but it is for 30 days.
 
Carl

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Update June 8

Hello all,
 
Hope everyone is doing well.  Things are going fairly well here in Dallas.  The town is going nuts over the Dallas Mavericks playing in the NBA Finals
tonight so things are a little crazy around here.  Sally and I have caught up on stuff and got back things back to normal. 
 
Dad sent an update but I wanted to make sure everyone got it.  It's a combo update and joke of the day in one shot!  :-)
 
Take care,
Cary Marsalis

> We just got back from UAB where I had my first Radiation and Chemo treatments.  It was painless and
> so far no side affects other than I now have four ears and two noses.
>
> The treatments only took 15 minutes.
>
> Carl

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Update June 10 (from Dad)

I had my second round of Radiation and Chemo treatments yesterday.  The only side affect so far is I lost one hair from my head.
Now, I know one hair does not sound like a lot but with the few hairs I have, it is lot to me.
 
We continue the Chemo and shots at home over the weekend.  Then we start  back on the radiation Mon - Fri of next week.
 
I am feeling very good and getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
 
Hope all of you have a great weekend.
 
CARL

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Update June 14 (from Dad)

We just got back from UAB where I had my first Radiation and Chemo treatments.  It was painless and so far no side affects other than I now have four ears and two noses.

The treatments only took 15 minutes.

Carl

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Update June 15 (from Dad)

Today we finished my fifth radiation treatment.  So far the only side affects are the lack of energy and nausea which are expected.  The lack of energy is from the radiation.  The nausea is from the Chemo.  They can’t do anything about the lack of energy but they have given me some pills to help with the nausea.  Also, I have lost a few pounds which is surprising as the steroids have me eating every thing in sight.

Since I started writing this message, I am feeling much better.  The nausea is gone and I have better energy.  To pass time, I'm watching the US Open and reading  lot.

Take care and keep up the prayers.

Carl

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Update April 16 (from Dad)

Well, we have now completed 6 radiation treatments and look forward to having 2 days off (Sat & Sun) of radiation treatments.
 
The pills to counter act the nausea from the chemo treatments seem to be doing their job.   Tue when we meet with the Nurse Practitioner, she will
try to give me something for the lack of energy from the radiation treatments.
 
I feel pretty good right now.

Carl

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Update June 19 (from Dad)

I started back on radiation treatments today without any serious side affects.

I did gain some some of my energy back over the weekend.

We meet with the Nurse Practitioner tomorrow about the lack of energy.

(I had asked him if he grew any more extra parts) No, I have no extra parts.

Dad

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Update June 21

I haven't sent out an update in a while, so I thought I'd touch base with everyone.  I talked to Dad on Sunday and he sounded good.  A little tired and he gets nauseous but that's about it.  No pain or headaches or anything.  His balance has improved a lot.  Mom said that Carla talked to the nurse practitioner while she was at the hospital with Dad and was told that there are 12 people including Dad in the study and that all 12 are doing great.  Some of them started in it last year so that is encouraging.  Dad is the first person they have given such a high dose of medication to and since he is handling it well they are probably going to up the doses on the rest of the group.

Hope everyone is doing well.  We're doing fine here in Dallas.  I am out on the road for work again.  I forgot what it was like to work for a living!  Sally and I will be heading back to Alabama for the week of July 4 to help out and visit.

Dad joke of the moment:  He was upset because he says he saw a hair fall out.  While that may not seem like a big deal to most people, it's a huge deal for people like my dad and myself!  :-)

Take care,
Cary

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Update June 21 (from Dad)

Today's radiation treatment went smooth.
 
We talked with the Nurse Practitioner, and they plan to change some of my medication next week to reduce some of the side
affects of the current medication. 
 
She feels I am doing well, and the other participants in the test trial are also doing well.  Thus, so far, it looks good.
 
Carl

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Update June 22 (from Dad)

Today's treatment was smooth with only minor side affects - some nausea and tiredness.
 
We met with the Doctor and Nurse Practitioner who run the test trial I am in.   They were
encouraged with how I am doing.  They changed the medication which may help with the side affects.

Carl

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Update June 26 (from Dad)

Well, I have completed 13 treatments.  Only 17 more to go.  That does not sound too bad.
 
They changed my  seizure medicine last Thursday, and the side affects have been tough but they had warned me it would be bad
for 4 or 5 days. I was having some mini seizures which have now stopped.  However, I have trouble walking and lots of nausea
which should go away in a few days.

Carl

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Update June 28 (from Dad)

Today we reached a major milestone - I am Half way
through the radiation treatments;  15 completed and 15 to go. 
We are now on the down hill side. 
 
Carl

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Update July 1 (from Dad)

I am doing much better today.   The doctor increased my steroid medicine to
offset the side affects of the new Anti seizure medicine they put me on last
week. That is working well. 
 
Cary & Sally came in late last night.
 
Carl

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Update July 3

Hello all,

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.  Sally and I are enjoying our time with Mom and Dad.  Getting a lot of stuff done.  Also taking Dad down to the dock for fishing.  We went with him to treatment today.  He's doing pretty good.  Still a little wobbly and he still gets confused.  You may notice that in emails he sends or emails you may not have even received but he thinks he sent.

There is still a lot of swelling from the surgery and the radiation also causes more swelling.  He is on the downhill side of radiation treatments.  Only 12 more to go.  By the time Sally and I leave Saturday, he will be down to eight treatments left.  We won't really know anything until October.  MRI's will show false readings because of the treatments so we won't have clear results until October.

He has had a big weekend so far.  He's done some fishing.  Some of his friends from his childhood days came to visit (Hello Frank, Joe, Marlene, Robert and Connie!) and that perked him up quite a bit.  I took him down to the lake and he got to hit six golf balls for the first time.  He even hit four of them pretty good.

Dad joke of the day:  He read a book about prehistoric lice that was about two feet long.  He head itches from the treatments and he now thinks he has lice and wants us to check his hair!  :-)

Happy 4th!
Cary Marsalis

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Update July 6

Cary here.  On behalf of the whole family, let me just say Dad is not crazy.  Well, not any more than he usually is!  :-)

I have discovered that he was having a problem with his email program after doing some testing.  Sometimes, it would not send emails out but it looked like it had.  It also periodically did not receive some emails.

So Dad is not completely nuts.  He did send out emails that he said he sent out but his program just didn't complete the process for some reason.  That explains why some folks would tell us they never received an email but Dad insisted he sent one out.  It also explains why he never received some emails people have sent him.

I have moved him over to Outlook Express and everything seems to work just fine.  In fact, he had 172 unread messages that came through that did not come through the old email program for some reason.  Also after doing some test emails, I received them on my account almost instantly.  Hopefully, we got past this email thing!

Have a great day!
Cary Marsalis

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Update July 12

Hi,

I meant to send this out earlier but haven't had the chance.  Sally and I are getting back into the routine of our normal lives after our latest trip to Alabama.  Well, as normal as it can be with two nine week old Border Collie puppies running around.  It will be our last trip for a while probably.  I am out of time off now.

Dad is doing pretty good.  He has some good days and some days when he fairly off balance and dizzy.  It's nothing that is unexpected though.  He is down to his last seven radiation treatments so he is excited about that and so are we.  We had a good visit with him.  It went by really fast.  I got to take him fishing a few times and he hit six golf balls off of the bank into the lake.  He is still thrilled about that and the fact that he didn't miss any of them or fall down swinging!

I went with him for one treatment and the rest of the time I stayed home and worked on projects around the house like the yard work, cutting the grass by the dock, redoing all of his fishing poles with new line and tackle, cleaning the dock up, building window boxes for Mom, building a shelf for Mom, picking tomatoes, blackberries and strawberries, installing hand rails so Dad can maneuver the stairs better, repairing the broken sprinkler pipe, replacing sprinkler heads, fixing the weedeater, etc.

Wait, I believe I need more time off now.  I think I was on vacation?  :-)

Dad joke of the day:  Sally went with Mom and Dad to treatments.  Sally drove one day.  Dad went on and on about her driving and how fast she was going and everything.  Dad:  "On the curves, she threw me around in the back of the van so much she shook my tumor loose!"

Take care,
Cary

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Update July 19 (from Dad)

Here is the plan as of now.

Tomorrow is my last radiation treatment.  Chemo will be reduced to 28 days off  and 5 days on and  the self injected shots will continue on a daily basis.

They will do an MRI and a cat scan to use as a base for other MRIs & cat scans in Oct.  I should start feeling better in Sept.

Carl

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Update July 20

Hi folks,

Well, we're glad to report that as of today, Dad is done with radiation treatments.  Thank God!  No more driving back and forth to Birmingham.  He will also change chemo treatment to 28 days off and 5 days on chemo.  The shots will continue.  Mom and Dad were very blessed during the treatments.  They never had any problems getting to Birmingham, the weather was always good, no traffic problems.  Dad's side effects were minimal compared to what we were told they could be.

Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support.  The journey continues.  Dad will not have to go back to Birmingham for a month.  We won't really know anything until October.  Dad is feeling a little dizzy.  He is slurring and he is having trouble using his left hand some, so his updates might not be as frequent.  Things are expected to improve as the swelling gets better since radiation is done and make take as long as two months to get better. 

We will continue to let everyone know how things are progressing. 

Our biggest decision right now is what to do with the radiation mask now that the Hannibal Lechter phase of Dad's life is over.  It's a good size hunk of plastic.  Some patients have a mask burning party.  Sally thinks they should make a planter out of it and have ivy growing all over it.  Mom wants to sink it in the lake so the fish can live in it.  Dad thinks that might be good since all of the radiation may result in bigger fish.  Personally, I want to sell it on ebay because you can literally sell anything on ebay and who wouldn't want to buy a piece of Dad???  :-)

God bless everyone,
Cary

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Update August 2

Hello all,

Well, Dad had asked me to send out an update when I got a chance to let everyone know that he and Mom were in Florida with Cheryl, Ross and the boys and Carla, Lewis, Andrew and Alexis.  Sally and I were unable to go.

They had a good time and were enjoying themselves in a beautiful house on the beach.  Unfortunately, things didn't go so good.  Dad grew increasingly weak and lethargic.  He couldn't move and was zoning out a lot.  He also had some vomiting as well.  It seems as if things were back to exactly where they were right after surgery.  I'm no doctor but to me that sounds like brain swelling due to radiation.

Ross, Cheryl and Mom drove him back home today and Dad is currently in the ER in Tuscaloosa.  They are moving him into a step-down ICU tonight and will probably transfer him to UAB tomorrow. 

We don't really know what the story is yet.  They did a scan and there is a lot of brain swelling.  That could be because of the radiation.  It's hard to get a clear picture because the radiation causes some false readings on the scan.  Hopefully, we'll know more tomorrow.

At the last report, Dad was more alert and talking and hungry after receiving more steroids.

I'll keep everyone posted.
Cary

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Update August 3

Hello everyone,

Still not completely sure what is going on.  Dad has a lot of swelling on the brain.  The doctors in Tuscaloosa are amazed that he is not in a coma with the amount of swelling he has.  They said they have no idea how he could be talking and looking at the paper with that much swelling.  Mom told them it is prayer that's doing it so keep them coming.

We may know more on Monday.  They are going to treat Dad with higher doses of steroids for two weeks and then see what is happening.

Dad's doctor in Birmingham remains optimistic.  He feels Dad will start improving soon.

Mom sounds great.  I spoke with her this afternoon.  She was in the process of getting some awful hospital cafeteria soup.  She said Dad was perkier and as funny as ever.  Still making jokes and poking fun.  She says we're taking things one day at a time and we'll see how Dad responds to treatment.

I'll let you all know what is going on when I find anything out.

God bless,
Cary

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Update August 3 part 2

Hello again,

Just spoke to my mom.  Dad is doing good.  He is talking more and still has that humor.  They have upped his steroids to extremely high amounts so he expects to turn into the Hulk at any moment.

We definitely wanted better news.  Tests show that Dad has multiple brain tumors and one of them is very large.  They are inoperable.  The doctors are baffled at how he could continue to grow tumors while getting radiation treatment and they continue to be stumped by the fact that he is awake, alert, not in a coma, reading the newspaper and making jokes.

The doctors want to continue treatment for a couple of weeks and see how it progresses.  They expect he will have a boost and be quite a bit better in a couple of weeks for a little while.  I'll probably go to Alabama then to spend some time with him if I don't end up going sooner depending on what we find out Monday.  Basically, I have left it up to my mom and she could call at any moment.  I'll go the minute she tells me to come. She would prefer I wait until he has his boost and I can take him down to the dock and spend some quality time with him but I'll go as soon as she needs help as well. 

His Birmingham doctor continues to be positive about everything.  He has had great success with tests on patients that have reoccurring tumors by injecting scorpion venom all of things into the tumor.  Dad may be a candidate for that.

The doctors in Tuscaloosa have basically given him 6 to 8 weeks.  We are still going with prayer and our miracle and who knows the miracle could be Dad becoming a trailblazer for using scorpion venom to treat brain tumors.

As always, we are grateful for all of the prayers and support.
Cary

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Update August 4

Hi,

I was waiting for the okay from Mom to send out a new update.  Things have not gone as we had hoped.  Dad has new tumor growth in his brain.  There are multiple tumors and one is large.  They are inoperable.  More radiation is not an option.   They are going to stop all treatment for now and re-evaluate him in two weeks and see where we are at and what options or trials are available.

The doctors are saying that all of his current problems with his speech, lucidness, left hand and left leg are directly associated with the brain swelling from radiation and that without the swelling he should be much better but that there is new tumor growth.  They are baffled by the fact that he grew more tumors while receiving radiation and that he is not in a coma at this point from the swelling and is instead talking, joking and looking at the newspaper.  He has perked up quite a bit from the steroids.  They expect him to be even better by Monday.  Dad still has his humor and since he is on such a massive dose of steroids, expects to turn into the Hulk at any moment.

It's certainly not what we expected but we are confident God will get us through this with His will.

Thank you for the continued prayers and support,
Cary

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Update August 7

Hello,

Not much of an update right now.  We still don't know a whole lot.  Dad is still alert and talking and joking.  He gets a little confused at times but that appears to be related to the swelling from radiation.  They are going to evaluate Dad to see about moving him to a rehab hospital.  He continues to amaze the doctors with the fact he is not in a coma from the massive amount of swelling he has.  We thank God for that. 

I think Dad has some sense now of what is going on.  He told Mom that there has to be something they can find that works because he has too much to live for.  I liked hearing that because to me that means he will keep fighting and we'll keep praying. 

Mom is going to hire help that will be at home with them 24/7 when he gets out of the hospital.  We are working out a schedule so we will always have someone at the house with Mom and Dad and whomever they hire to help out.  I am flying to Alabama on Friday and will be there until the 17th.  Sally will stay home this trip and at some point she will fly there for her shifts and I'll stay home.  We have it planned out pretty good with family and friends and everyone until I go back for the week of Labor Day.  After that, we'll see where we are and what we need to do.

I'll pass on any messages or greetings to Dad you want to send when I get there Friday and I'll let you know as soon as we hear any new information.

Thanks as always for the support and prayers.
Cary

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Update August 8

Hello all,

Dad has been moved to rehab.  He will be there probably a few days.  It will give Mom time to get things set up at home for him.  The hospital is helping her out with anything and everything she needs for home.  She remains upbeat as we all do.  Dad is doing good today.  He is ready to get home.  They are going to work to get him geared up to go back home and do some of the things he enjoys including going down to the dock to fish.  At this time, the swelling he has is more than likely due to the tumor growth.  He has two tiny tumors and one large one.  Information changes rapidly in this kind of a situation so it may seem confusing at times.  His oncologist in Birmingham remains positive and says after the two week lay off he will see how everything looks and whatever can be done he will do it.  I like his attitude and thinking.

We still continue to pray and have faith.  While at times it may seem like I am painting a rosy picture, we realize the severity of the situation but doggone it, our faith and humor keeps coming out!  Oh well!  That's just us!  :-)

We remain strong and committed in our faith that our Heavenly Father will see us through this.  If we have a laugh or two along the way, so much the better.  Most of the humor is coming from Dad which is an inspiration to me.

Dad joke of the day:  Dad say he now knows the difference between regular nurses and rehab nurses.  It's about 200lbs.  How else could they lift a chubby little bald man like him.  :-)

God bless,
Cary

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Update August 12

Hi,
 
Things are okay here in Alabama.  Dad is doing good.  Mom and Cheryl say that this is the best he has done since before they left for Florida.  I of
course am taking all of the credit since he has been doing better since I arrived!  :-)
 
He still gets confused some and his left arm and leg are still pretty weak.  They will evaluate him again on Tuesday to see about letting him go home.  He
will have an MRI on Monday to see how everything looks. 
 
He still has his sense of humor and is back to making really bad puns which is something else he and I share besides the bald head, shortness, etc.
 
This is one really bad pun:  He said his back and knee hurt and the hospital workers did it and he was going to sue.  Mom said you can't sue.  Dad said he
can sue.  They went back and forth.  Mom said it is not a "suable" situation.  Dad said it is suable.  Mom said it's not suable.  Dad "If it's not suable
then it must be mohawkable."  Now this one may take some time to sink in.  "Suable" as in Sioux Indian. "Mohawkable" as in Mohawk Indian.  I warned you it
was really bad!
 
Another example is they asked Dad to test the walkie talkie so they could check on him in Florida.  They asked him to say "test, test, test" in the walkie
talkie.  Dad "exam, exam, exam".
 
What cracks me up more than anything is that Mom and Cheryl don't have clue what he is talking about when he makes these puns.  I'm giggling about the pun and
then Mom and Cheryl get confused and concerned thinking he is talking out of his head and it just makes me laugh more because they have completely
missed the jokes and they have no idea what Dad and I are laughing about.  After I explain the joke to them they crack up.  Dad said he needs me here
because I'm the only one that gets his jokes.
 
Dad tells them that even with half a fried brain he is still quicker than they are.
 
I will let everyone know what we find out on Monday and Tuesday.
Cary

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Update August 15

Good morning,
 
Well, no MRI yet.  It might be today or tomorrow.  Dad has had a rough time a little lately.  All day Sunday and Sunday night he was disoriented and
confused quite a bit.  He didn't sleep at all.  I stayed with him Sunday night and we were up most of the night.  He improved yesterday afternoon and was
more clear headed by the time I left last night.  Dad still slurs his words and still has some issues but He was back to making jokes and telling stories
by last night.  I was after him about working his left arm and hand and showing me how he could lift it.  Finally, he got this real low, quiet voice and
whispered for me to come closer.  He acted like he was going to hit me with his left hand and started laughing.  My whole life we would throw a fake punch
and try and make the other guy flinch so that was pretty cool to see him trying to do something we have always done.
 
Thanks as always for the continued prayers.  I for one am still going on absolute faith that we are going to get our miracle and have already started
praising and thanking God for it. 
 
Have a great day!
Cary

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Update August 16

Hello,
 
Dad had his MRI today.  It shows that the tumors have not grown at all.  Thank God!  Everyone is surprised that there has been no additional tumor
growth since it seemed to be so aggressive and grew during radiation.  I'm not all that surprised really.  Prayers work!  Also, the brain swelling was
a 10 or 11 before which is really bad and now it is down to an 8.  Again, the power of prayer!  Keep 'em coming!  On top of that, Dad will return home on
Friday.  He is really excited about that.
 
Dad had a pretty good day today.  I stayed with him last night and he sleep through the night.  He woke up feisty as ever.  I am now a traitor or a turncoat
depending on the moment since I was after him about his physical therapy and exercises.  The nurse came in and said "I'm Janice, I'll be your nurse today."
Dad said, "Hi I'm Carl.  I'll be your patient today."  I told him I would see him later and he said "Not if I see you first."  He has had a comeback for everything today.  I have actually heard him laugh a couple of times yesterday and this morning.  He grins once in a while and makes jokes but I haven't heard a lot of laughing on his part.  He had a few really hysterical jokes that he made and cracked himself up with but I am afraid they are not really suited for everyone!  :-)  Rest assured
his humor is still there but the jokes have been about some things I'm sure are better left unsaid.  The phrase "too much information" has popped into my
head a few times but they were still funny.
 
I am returning home tomorrow night.  I'll be in Dallas for a couple of weeks and then come back for the week of Labor Day and Sally will join me later
in the week.  I told Dad he would see Sally soon and he said "Is that a promise or a threat?"  He has always said that to Sally so it is good to see him
partially back to his old self and his old jokes.
 
God bless everyone.
Cary

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Update August 24

Dad is at home resting comfortably.  He has his good days and bad days.  He sleeps most of the time on the bad ones.  He still gets confused and slurs when
he talks.  Some days he perks up a bit and still has that humor.

Mom has had a lot of help from our rotating cycle and the fellas they have hired to come in.  They really like two of them a lot.  Dad offered to adopt
one of them.
 
The doctors in Birmingham met to discuss everything.  Where it stands now is they will continue to up Dad's steroids as needed to try and get him back on
his feet doing the things he enjoys doing.  In two weeks, they will start another type of chemo and try this experimental treatment using scorpion venom
through an IV.  It is something that was developed and tested in Birmingham so they are the forerunners for this treatment and they have had some success
with it so far.  It has just been made available for use in IV for so they will not have to invade Dad's brain again.  Thank God.  There was talk of a couple
of procedures that would be invasive to his brain as well as talk of more brain surgery.  Those options have been ruled out which we are grateful to God
for.  We feel Dad's brain has had enough trauma and preferred treatments that didn't require surgery or going back into his brain.
 
We are still plugging right along.  They key is to get Dad back up and moving so he can go to Birmingham once a week for the scorpion treatment,
so keep praying for that.
 
Dad jokes of the day: 
 
My mom's sister Verlie, her sister Susan and her cousin Theresa are there visiting.  Apparently they have been visiting and talking a bit.  Verlie told
Dad that she was going to Walmart and asked if he needed anything.  Dad "Yeah.  A muzzle for you, you, you and you."  :-)
 
Susan cooked some food and brought it with her.  Mom told Dad that Susan brought some food for him.  Dad "I can't eat Susan's cooking, it'll make me sick!"
:-)
 
Take care,
Cary

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Update September 4

Happy Labor Day,
 
Things are okay here in Alabama.  We have been visiting with Dad and getting some things done around the house.  Sally came with me.  Her office
surprised her with extra vacation days and getting everything covered so she could come here with me for the whole week.
 
Dad had a couple of good days.  He was alert enough at times and clear headed enough to start asking questions about his health, his condition, what the
treatment plan is.  He was moving his left hand and left arm pretty good.  We had a football party with him on Saturday night watching the Alabama game with
family, friends and pizza.
 
The last couple of days have been on the downside.  He was emotional, depressed and scared.  A little shaky.  Didn't sleep much.  That is mainly due to
the steroids.  They are cutting back on the dosage to ease the side effects of the steroids.  Dad started a new oral chemo treatment on Friday.  He will take the new chemo for 30 days.  After two or three weeks on chemo, he will start the scorpion venom treatment.
 
He asked us to pray everyday that he gets better and set a target date of Oct 2nd for feeling better.  He wants us to pray everyday for Oct 2nd so I figured
we would ask everyone to pray for that date to be a day of miracles and God's power.  He has perked up quite a bit this evening.  He is back to joking around and back to his fighting spirit.  He is enjoying picking on Sally as usual. 
 
Dad jokes of the day:  I told him he needed to lighten up some and cut back on being so serious.  Dad:  "I have lightened up.  I lost 2 and half
pounds."  He said he is ready for October and figures it might be cold or frozen outside.  Dad "If it's frozen, we'll catch us some frozen fish.  We'll catch some Mrs. Paul's."
 
God bless and I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Cary

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Update September 7

Not a whole lot to report today.  Dad is still having a tough time.  He is still very emotional and confused and he doesn't sleep much.  My sister
Cheryl says that it is the result of the steroids and that he is a classic case of steroids psychosis.  He was on such a high does, it causes problems with
hallucinations, confusion, mood swings.  They cut back on his dosage but it could take a week or more to see an improvement. 

His physical therapist has see a lot of improvement with Dad's left leg and arm so that is a blessing.  We got a lift today so we should be able to lift him
out of bed and into a wheelchair starting tomorrow to give him a change of pace and get him out of bed a little.
 
That's about it on our end right now.  We're just taking things one day at a time. 
 
Take care,
Cary

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Update September 11

Well, Sally and I are back home again for a little while.  Sally is going to try and go back the last week of September and I'll go back the 2nd week of
October.  Dad is still about the same.  He still has a lot of confusion, is restless, awake a lot during the night.  It's strange though.  As confused and
disoriented as he is, he is still aware of everything.  He knows who leaves the room and when.  He and I watched football all day Saturday and he
would doze off often but asked what the score was when he woke up and knew who was playing and how many games we had watched, who won
and the scores.  He appetite has gone way up tonight.  He is eating a lot more which is good.  He mind keeps racing and going and it keeps him up all
night so we are asking everyone to pray that he will get some rest during the night.
 
I'll continue to keep everyone posted on how things are going.
 
God bless,
Cary

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Update September 15

Just wanted to clear up some information on Dad.  Apparently, there was some confusion on our end but the oncologist got us straightened out.  The chemo
has nothing to do with the scorpion treatment.  It is just a different chemo to try.  The scorpion treatment can't take place until three months after
radiation so we are looking at some time around Oct 24th. 
 
Dad's oncologist is encouraged since Dad is awake, alert, talking and eating well.  Dad has perked up some but went back to slurred speech the last couple
of days.  He is still enjoying visits with friends and family. 
 
Have a great day,
Cary

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Update September 24

Hello all,
 
Just thought I'd check in with everyone.  Sally flew to Alabama today to help out with Dad.  She will be there until Saturday.  Dad is doing okay.  Still not
much of a change.  He is still emotional and anxious and gets confused.  He is still having problems sleeping at night but has started sleeping a lot
more during the day.  I'm going back to Alabama on Oct 7 until the 14th.  Dad is scheduled for another MRI on Oct 9th.  I'm glad it will be when I am there
with him.  After the MRI, we will meet with his doctor and see what he thinks.
 
Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Cary

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Update September 28

Hi,
 
Thought I'd check in with everyone with a report from Sally.  Things are going sort of okay.  Dad has had a rough number of days with the confusion, mood
swings, etc.  He seems to have settled down some the last two days so hopefully some of the medicine is finally taking the edge off.  Physical Therapy has
been stopped.  Since Dad has lost so much use in his left arm and left leg, there isn't a whole lot they can do for him now.  Mom is talking about hiring
some therapists on her own to work with Dad.  The muscles have declined so much the joints are slipping in the hip and the are causing your dad
discomfort.  He still flashes that sense of humor though. 
 
Thanks for the continued prayers and support.
Cary

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Update September 30

I wanted to let everyone know that they have taken Dad to the hospital.  He has some congestion in his lungs.  Not sure yet if it is just a normal chest
congestion kind of thing or fluid build-up in his lungs.  They will keep him at the very least overnight.  Since he is already there, they are
going to do the MRI today.
 
I'll keep you posted.
Cary

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Update October 1

Hi,

The congestion is just some normal kind of congestion everyone gets.  His lungs are clear and there is no fluid buildup.  Thank God.  It wasn't as
bad as everyone had believed.  He is still eating like a horse and still has a sense of humor.  The nurse went to take his temperature and he told her
to make sure you put that thermometer in the right place.  :-)  They are doing the MRI as I type this.

I will update everyone as soon as I hear something.
 
Cary

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Update October 1 part 2

Hi,
 
Well, the MRI wasn't as good as we had hoped but it wasn't as bad as it could have been so far.  It showed a slight tumor growth.  We will know more
when the team in Birmingham looks at the MRI tomorrow.  For now we are still progressing with chemo and going ahead as planned.  Sally will come
home tomorrow and I will leave on Saturday to go the Alabama for the week.
 
Dad is still Dad in all of this.  He passes the time by playing golf in his head.  Last night he almost beat Tiger Woods but didn't quite do it.  He was
giving the nurse a hard time last night and the nurse kidding around said she guesses she would just finish up and be done with him then for the night.
Dad "You will soon realize that I am irresistible." 
 
Cary

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Update October 2

Well, Dad wanted Oct 2 to be the day we found out something definite.  It's not what we had hoped for.  There is tumor growth on the MRI.  He still has no
use of the left hand or left leg.  We believe he is having some vision problems as well.  The doctors are stopping the chemo treatment.  They are going to
wean him off of the steroids to try and help with the psychosis to give him some peace and improve his quality of life.  They have not said anything yet
but I believe this would mean he is no longer a candidate for the scorpion treatment. 
 
Not what we had hoped for at all but we remain strong in our faith that God will guide us along whatever path we need to follow. 
 
He still has that sense of humor though.  He is obsessed about money with his psychosis and thinks that he and Mom are broke and says that the
information we have is wrong.  He told Mom that he just didn't know how they were going to pay for everything.  Mom asked him how much did he think
they needed.  Dad said they needed 1 million dollars.  Mom said she got the million it's no problem.  Dad asked her where did she get a million
dollars from.  Mom said "I got it from Cary."  ............ Dad laughed himself to sleep. 

Take care,
Cary

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Update October 3

Hi,
 
The doctors have decided to back off of everything.  There's just nothing else they can do.  Our faith remains strong with God.  While there is a lot of
sadness there is also a lot of laughter and joy.  We will enjoy our time with Dad.  I'll be heading back there on Saturday and will continue to report to
everyone from there.
 
Dad joke of the day:  he kept telling Mom this hurts and that hurts and on and on.  Mom said let's start with you pointing out something that doesn't hurt
and go from there.  Dad "Come here.  Look closer.  Look in my left nostril.  There is a hair in there that doesn't hurt at all!"
 
Cary

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Update October 8

Thought I'd report in from Bama.  Dad is doing as well as can be expected right now.  He woke up and greeted me when I got here yesterday.  He is
sleeping a whole bunch now.  He wakes up and talks a little but it's really difficult to understand him at times.  He has had a few moments when he has been
able to visit with us some.  He still makes jokes once in a while and checks on the football games when he wakes up.  I told him Bama won yesterday and
he was able to give me the high sign with his right hand.
 
He woke up pretty good this morning and was fairly clear and easy to understand for a little while. 
 
We're looking forward to watching the Saints game together today.
 
Take care,
Cary

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Update October 10

Hello everyone,
 
Well, we have lost a little ground with all of this.  Dad is less responsive and sleeps quite a bit.  Except for last night which was a rough one.  I
stayed up with him before Mom relieved me 3:30am and then I went back to him at 6:00am.  He would doze for just a couple of minutes and then wake up.  He's
not eating as much.
 
We are still hopeful and appreciate the continued prayers and we still get good moments with him here and there.  I was trying to get a response from him
and told him to give me his best shot in the ribs.  He did.  He threw a couple of light punches and giggled.
 
I'll continue to keep everyone posted.
Cary

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Update October 12

Hello all,
 
Dad is still holding his own.  He is in and out of awareness.  We are enjoying the time we have with him.  He was fairly clear and was speaking pretty
well from about 4:00a until 11:00a.  Lots of laughs and great moments.  He said some very sweet things to all of us.  He knows where he is going when all
of this is over without a doubt.  He did say "If I don't make it through this, it's not my problem!"
 
Thanks for the continued prayers.  I will keep everyone updated.
Cary

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Update October 15

Hi,
 
Things are pretty much still the same.  Dad is hanging in there.  He is sleeping a lot more and he is in and out of awareness a lot.  We still get a
few moments where the real Dad shines through.  We just keep plugging along.  We had a lot of family in this week and some friends came into town for a
visit as well. 
 
During one moment, Dad asked Mom is Jesus did tee times and if He would have one set up for him.  Mom asked him who he would like to play golf with.  She
said you have always wanted to play golf with Tiger Woods and asked if he wanted to play with Tiger.  Dad "No.  I'd rather play with Jesus.  I can't beat
Tiger."
 
God bless everyone,
Cary

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Update October 18 (Wednesday morning)

Hi,
 
Dad's still hanging in there.  He sleeps the majority of the time now.  He has not been able to say a whole lot for a couple of days now.  Once in a
while, he was saying a few words here and there that we could understand.  He seems to be resting comfortably which is our main objective right now.
That's about it on our end right now.  We are continuing to enjoy photos and home movies and reliving fond memories.
 
Hope everyone is doing well,
Cary

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Update October 18 part 2 (Wednesday afternoon)

The Lord came for my dad at 3:50 this afternoon.  He had told us he was ready to go home to his heavenly Father.  We selfishly wanted him to remain but we
know he is now healthy and whole, free of pain and in the arms of our Lord.  He went peacefully with myself, my wife Sally and my sister Carla with him
while watching home movies.  I have tried to call as many people as possible so I do apologize that I have not gotten to everyone yet.  The arrangements
have not been finalized yet.  We are looking at having a memorial service in Alabama on Saturday and then the main service will be in Lafayette, LA
possibly on Monday. 
 
I'll pass the info along to everyone as soon as everything is set up.
 
Thanks for the prayers and support.
Cary

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Update October 19

A memorial service for Dad will be held in Northport, AL in the Tuscaloosa area on Saturday Oct. 21 at 12:00pm at St. Mark United Methodist
Church. 
 
St. Mark UMC
1421 McFarland Blvd
Northport, AL 35476
(205) 339-5990
 
Funeral services will be held in Lafayette, LA on Monday Oct. 23 at 2:00pm.  Visitation will be from 11:00am until service time.
 
Delhomme Funeral Home
1011 Bertrand Dr
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 235-9449
 
Dad was active in his church with the Food Pantry ministry.  He believed one of the best ways to advance God's word was to support seminary
students eager to serve the Lord. 
 
Memorials can be made to:
 
The Food Pantry at
St. Mark UMC
1421 McFarland Blvd
Northport, AL 35476
 
or:
 
Seminary Students
Lance & Melissa Williams
10215 Galway
Dallas, TX 75218
 
Thank you again for the continued prayers and
support.
Cary

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Update October 26

I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and prayers the last six months.  It has been a journey to say the least.  It has been tough and we
know that there are some hard times ahead for us.  We remain faithful that God will guide us through this.  It's just an unfortunate part of life we have
to learn to live with.  All in all, Dad is in a better place and he is happy and healthy and no longer suffering.  He is where all of us in his
family and many others are planning on being. 

I know some people couldn't make it to the services and that it okay.  That's just the way things happen and I understand.  I created a website as kind of
tribute to Dad.  It can be found at www.marsalis.net/carlmarsalis.htm.  It has some info about Dad and a link to a video tribute I made of
Dad that we used at the services in case anyone wants to see it.  I am also adding Dad's jokes of the day on there as I come across them or remember
them.  I know some people have asked for a copy of the video so just let me know and I'll get one out to you.
 
Thank you so much for the thoughts, prayers, cards, food, visits, help, phone calls, emails and everything else.  Some people have said that they
really didn't do anything but you have helped more than you realize by just being there for us.  Sally and I will be returning home on Friday to start
trying to put our lives back to something close to normal. 
 
We have had the support of some great friends and family, we have rekindled old friendships and relationships and we have made new friends during
all of this.  Please keep in touch and if there is anything I can ever do for you please let me know.  If you ever find yourself in our area of Lewisville,
TX you are always welcome.
 
Please pass this on to anyone I have missed.
 
God bless,
Cary Marsalis