Posted by: davidalemmink | May 8, 2009

Friday, May 8

We’re back!

We just got home from the University of Iowa and our appointment with Dr. O’Dorisio, and I thought I would do an update.  We left late Thursday morning, and our trip was mostly uneventful, excluding the areas of roadwork.  On the way to Iowa, somewhere in Illinois, there was roadwork that slowed us down considerably.  On the way home, in the same location, even though it too was down to one lane, it was much faster and easier!  We made good time, but left much later than anticipated, so we did not get home until 10:30 pm.  A whirlwind 2 days, but we have great news!

David’s appointment went so well.  Dr. O’Dorisio and his nurse Jan Weatherford are amazing and truly caring people.  In fact, everyone we deal with at the University of Iowa is so helpful and friendly.  Basically, to make a long story short, Switzerland is a go!  Dr. O’Do said that David’s markers show that he is a good candidate for the Y90 treatment.  This, in essence, means that the tumors should respond well to the treatment.  Dr. O’Dorisio explained the treatment and that it generally takes around 2 months from when they send in the application to when we will actually make the trip.  He did say that he would suggest that they try to bump David up higher on the list.  We do not want to lose any ground from all the chemotherapy to the Y90 treatment.

While we were there, he sat down in his office and actually wrote the letter that will be sent to Basel.  This along with all David’s test results will be FedEx’d to Basel.  We then wait to receive our invitation to go for treatment.  Dr. O’Dorisio gave no indication that David would not be invited.

In the meantime, a few things will change.  Dr. O’Do suggested that for now Dr. Brinker discontinue with chemotherapy and David needs to work toward gaining back some of the weight he has lost, both of which will help to ensure that his blood counts remain high.  He also told us that David will no longer be receiving the long-acting Sandostatin shots monthly and will start with the short-acting, 3 times per day shots that he will administer himself.  This way, when the invitation is received, he will be ready to go!

So, as you can imagine, we are very excited about this news.  It is the news we have been waiting 365 days to hear.  Yes, it has been a year since David was diagnosed….a very long year.  One of many changes, treatments, and ups and downs.  We are very hopeful that the treatment in Basel will be what will bring David back to good health and normalcy.  We are so thankful to all who have contributed to the fund that make the trips to Switzerland possible.  God is good and we are so humbled and thankful.

I will continue to keep you posted!

Love, Connie



  1. Thank God! This is truly great news!

  2. Fantastic News !

    I’m so happy that the treatment plan is in place to get the Y90. It’s just what needs to take place now.

    As to putting on weight, sounds like time to “do” Texas Roadhouse soon.

    You surely have many wonderful friends and family if your corner who love you.

    All my love, Mom XOXOXOXOXOXOX

  3. Awesome news Connie! xoxox stella

  4. This is even better than I had hoped for! Here’s to pigging out and putting on weight!

  5. Dear Dave and Connie,

    Thanks for keeping us posted on Dave’s progress. It’s great news that you’ll be going to Switzerland soon. I keep praying for Dave’s recover. Good Luck!

  6. Phew!!
    Almost time to start packing! I’m so excited for you, Dave!!!

    Love, Lexie

  7. Thanks for the posting!! We are so glad to share in your good news! Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.


    Walter and Sue

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