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October 18, 2012

Mother and son battle cancer together

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“It hit really hard,” Timothy said. “Initially, I was discouraged.”

He underwent surgery to remove the tumor a week later, and a biopsy post-surgery found that it was cancerous, as the Rochester doctor had suspected.

After the whirlwind experience, Timothy and his family were hopeful they could put his cancer behind them. But he started having abdominal pains in late September, and a CT scan and blood tests in Parkersburg showed the cancer had likely returned.

Dr. Jan Duus at CVPH confirmed Timothy’s cancer was back on Oct. 15.

SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL

The difficult situation is made easier by the support Timothy has received from friends, professors and administrators at Ohio Valley University.

His friends planned fun activities for him, including a surprise trip to the movies, and the entire membership of social service club called Kappa, which Timothy participates in at college, wrote messages and signed a large board for him to keep.

“It will just be something encouraging to look at,” he said.

If the cancer warrants treatment with drugs, Timothy will undergo a nine-week course of chemotherapy done in three-week cycles, with doses of the medicine tapering off over time, he said.

Duus told him he would likely feel tired, run down and feverish as he progresses through the treatment. But because of his young age and otherwise good health, chemo would likely to be easier for him than others.

“I will feel the symptoms less than most people,” he said.

Timothy had to return home from college on Oct. 9 to prepare for treatment, should it be needed. Fortunately, Ohio Valley University officials agreed to let him complete all his classes this semester online, and they refunded his room and board money.

MANY BLESSINGS

Insurance has covered most of the cost of Lori and Timothy’s treatments, Doug said.

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