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My Story

Mar 01, 2017
by Jay Morton

Labor Day weekend 2012 I checked myself into the Emergency Room because I couldn't stand the pain anymore. It all started on May 3rd, 2012 when I woke up with a pain in my groin. over the next week, the pain had spread into my lower back. I made a Dr. appt. because I thought I was getting a hernia, and the back pain was a compensation for that. As soon as my Physician checked me over, he said I think you need a CT SCAN to rule out Lymphoma. The scan came back as inconclusive, so he ordered a PET Scan. The scan showed "some activity," so he ordered a needle biopsy of one of my lymph nodes. After that came back negative he ordered a surgical biopsy to remove the "most inflamed" lymph node from the scan. By this time, my pain had increased tremendously and I needed pain meds to make it through each day. The surgery was performed, and results were negative. About A week after the surgery I developed a severe cough to go along with the pain, and I was given an asthma inhaler for the symptoms, but that didn't work. I saw several more doctors, including respiratory therapists, had more x-rays, blood work, etc., but all came back as normal. By this time it was Labor Day weekend and I couldn't stand it anymore. I went to the ER, gave a full history, and was sent home with a dose of Benadryl, and 2 types of cough syrups; one with hydrocodone, the other with oxycodone. I suffered through the next day and decided I needed to change hospitals. I called a nurse at KU Med Center that was one of my personal training clients and told her I was coming in and needed to be admitted until this could be figured out. After the ER nurse questioned me because she thought I was just looking for more pain meds, Virginia showed up and got things straightened out. I told the doctor my pain on a scale of 1-10 was a 20, and I have a very high pain threshold. When my new oncologist took a look at my PET scan from July I could see the panic on his face. He asked me what 3 times to make sure that they told me everything was fine, and then said, it was everywhere! The entire scan was "lit-up" and that we needed to figure out what "it" was. After a week of running tests, the Dr. told me: "We know it is cancer, we are just trying to find out what type and what stage. This was September 7th. He also told me that the reason they were having so much trouble diagnosing everything was because my red blood cells were about 4 times the normal size, and the would burst before he could get the slide under the microscope long enough to tell. BY Monday, Sept 10 we had a diagnosis and stage: Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma- Stage 4. Chemo was started that day. In the 2 weeks I spent in the hospital, I lost 52 pounds and looked like a skeleton. On the bright side though, within 24 hours of receiving my first chemo treatment my pain had gone from a 20 to a manageable 6. By the end of the week when I was sent home my pain was down to a 2.

    Once I was home, all that I wanted to do was sleep. I couldn't eat anything that was ever in any plastic, foam or metal container because all I would taste was the container. I had to either have foods that were coated in cheese, or were very sweet in order to be able to stand the taste. I drank 3 protein shakes per day (made with ice cream, milk and peanut butter) and I was always hungry. When I wasn't eating or sleeping, had a constant terrible taste in my mouth, and butterscotch candy was the only thing that helped to keep the nausea away. Another important thing I did was to drink plenty of electrolytes (Rehydrate). The day after I got home I passed out because I was only drinking water, and my body was depleted. I shaved my head about 2 weeks after my first treatment because it was just a mess. I also had a lot of fluid retention and edema because of all the IV fluids I received at he hospital, so I "got to wear" some super-fashionable compression leggings for about 3 weeks. One thing I wasn't told until about 6 weeks in, was that the chemo would give me severe mood swings. I am a very calm person, but I developed a rage as a side effect of one of the drugs. It was controllable once I knew about it, but it would come on sudden and without warning. Trivial matters would make me extremely angry at the drop of a hat. I want to make sure you are aware that that can happen. I didn't feel like myself at those times
    My chemo protocol was administered every 18 days. For the 2 months, I was tired all day, and at 2am I had insomnia (the insomnia actually continued for almost a year and a half). After that first 2 months, when my body started responding, I would only be extremely tired for the first 4-5 days after each treatment and would actually feel normal again until the next round. It took the first month to start regaining the weight that I had lost, and I know that had a lot to do with my energy levels too. Another thing that helped me to get through the chemo process was doing everything the doctor told me to do. I stayed away from sick people, I washed my hands and all my fruits and vegetables, and I wore a mask when I had to be around others during my Nader period.  By the end of my treatments, I had gained all of my weight back (plus an additional 30- Yeah prednisone!), and I was able to start going back to more of a normal lifestyle. My wife and I liked to joke about it a lot, because going through chemo in some ways was like pregnancy: I craved certain foods, certain smells and tastes made me nauseous, I was tired and irritable, I gained a lot of weight, and at the end of it all I had a new outlook and appreciation for life.
    P.M.A.- Positive Mental Attitude! It is tough to hear the word cancer. It is even tougher to hear the doctor say stage 4. I am not sure where you are at in your staging, but there is always HOPE. If I had waited one week longer to check myself in, I would not be here today. I am the BIGGEST believer in timing, and that everything happens for a reason. My Faith, my family, and my friends got me through chemo. My mental attitude got me through each day. I hope this has helped you, and I am always here as a resource, a person to contact, and as a person who can listen if you need to talk.

Welcome to Jay Morton's personal fundraising page!

Feb 19, 2017
by Jay Morton

Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year. I am part of a team working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.

 

But as you know, everyone wins when cancer loses, and thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.

 

Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.

 

Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.

 

We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!

 

All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.

 

Please visit my Web site often and tell friends who would also like to donate!

 

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit www.lls.org

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