Chuck and Penelope headed to UCLA, December 14th, not knowing what was going to happen. A phone call the night before warned that his insurance had not authorized paying for a second Thera Sphere treatment. Which is a big deal. One treatment is $80,000. However, that didn't stop our Champ. He told them he'd be there at 8:00 for a scheduled MRI.
After the MRI, BB1, got word that his insurance authorized the treatment. He met with Dr. Gnomes, his Surgeon and she was pleased with the results of the MRI. She was finally able to get a clear picture of his first Thera Sphere treatment, almost 4 months ago.
The first treatment blasted the liver tumor with billions of radiation balls, but the surgeon had been unable to decipher if she'd hit the mark because the picture was too foggy.
She had told Chuck to go and enjoy his trip to Zion in August, with Penelope, in his Motor Coach and give the liver time to settle down. He did, but the side effects were rough for the first 3 weeks.
Now that the liver has calmed down, she was able to get a clear and it was good news.
The Surgeon, had hit the tumor in the bulls eye. She was thrilled. The Thera Sphere had stopped it's growth and a second treatment was unnecessary at this time. She want's to see Chuck in 3 months for another MRI, and at that point, if there's any changes, a second Thera Sphere treatment will be discussed.
|Chuck at the Lakers Game recently with his brother Jim|
Chuck is over the moon. He feels pretty good, except for his Popeye feet and legs. The edema is still an issue and has slowed him down. Which, if you know Chuck, is out of sync with his normal "in the ring, dancing feet."
"I'm like normal people now." he said, "I'm used to being more like Superman, even at 67."
So, that's it. Chuck can enjoy Christmas and head to Arizona for the Barrett Jackson Classic Car Show, in January and then hit Vegas for a few laps around the track.
Merry Christmas Everyone. Chuck thanks you all for the love, support and prayers on his behalf. He truly believes that's what is getting him through his ordeal with Cancer.