Latest Update on Alec – 4/3/2016

Alec UnsickerI started this Cancer Sucks blog in December of 2014. That was almost a year and half ago. It has been a long year, he put up with a lot of pain and sucky stuff. But, he has had a lot of fun too. In that time, he has had two brothers get engaged. One of them got married and the other one is making plans. He got a new nephew who is crazy cute. He has visited some of the funnest places in the world like New York, California, Idaho, Spain, London, and loads of other places on mini vacations with his parents.

He did chemo treatments for about a year and then did radiation treatments for a few months. It was actually just a couple weeks ago when Alec finished his last radiation treatment. We had some things worth celebrating during his treatments when some of his MRI’s looked like his tumor was beginning to shrink. However, it never appeared that the treatments were completely solving the problem.  Earlier this week he had another MRI to see how everything was looking after the radiation treatments.

I got a call from my dad last Tuesday to hear about the results of the MRI. That call turned out to be a moment I will never forget. I can still remember when and where I was when I found out Alec had a cancerous brain tumor during his first bout he had with cancer several years ago and then again when I found out the cancer came back in December of 2014. But, both of those calls pale in comparison to this one. My dad called me in the evening while I was sitting at a kitchen table doing some homework for one of my classes. I was in the zone and had my phone on silent and didn’t realize that I had missed a couple calls from my dad. When I finally picked up, what I believe was his third try calling me, he told me that they got Alec’s MRI results and they didn’t look very good. During the time Alec was doing his radiation treatments he had developed new tumors up and down his spine. The doctors told us that he would have about 3 months until these new tumors would start compromising things until his body couldn’t take it anymore.

It is so difficult for me to think and write about this. Alec is my hero, I have and will always look up to him and his nerdy lifestyle. This blog post is not a death sentence. We aren’t giving up and are still trying other things to help slow down the tumors. However, in the meantime we are going to have a lot of fun. Alec is a huge nerd and one of the things he loves is Lord of the Rings. The Lord of the Rings films were all filmed in New Zealand and Alec has always wanted to go there and check out that whole scene. So, that is what we are going to do. Over the last week our whole family has been scrambling to get passports and flights to New Zealand. About 20 of us are going to New Zealand at the end of the month to hit up the sites there and hang out with each other. We are all pretty stoked about it.

Although this whole situation sucks, you can read an old blog post I wrote called Triumph to see how I feel about it.

You can expect to get a blog post soon that is written by Alec so he can tell everyone what he thinks about this and how he is handling it.


7 thoughts on “Latest Update on Alec – 4/3/2016

  1. Teresa Baines April 3, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Well, Braydon, you’ve been the best brother I can think of. Stay strong. Thank goodness that families are forever. Sending love to your family.


  2. Aubrey Webb April 4, 2016 / 5:20 am

    Hey if you want cool ideas to do in New Zealand call Trent Webb he has been many times with gave because it is a half way mark for them to meet.


  3. Keeth Kennington April 4, 2016 / 10:45 am

    We are so very sorry to hear the new news. We’ve kept Alec in our thoughts and prayers along with the rest of your family and will certainly keep doing so. Thank you for keeping us updated.


  4. Caryn Unsicker April 5, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I am overwhelmed by your story – not only by Alec’s courage, but by your own and that of your family. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers.


  5. Brent April 7, 2016 / 11:39 am

    Hang in there good man. You are an inspiration to me of endurance, overcoming adversity, and courage. Enjoy New Zealand


  6. Lorie Stransky April 7, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Prayers and hugs to all of you. Celebrate your families love and devotion in New Zealand.


  7. Kathy roundy May 10, 2016 / 2:25 am

    I have been so blessed to work with Alex aka ” mr. Nibbles”. Stay strong and in joy New Zealand. You all are such a wonderful family.


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