Kia Ora Whanau.
Jason continues with his brave fight against this terrible cancer.
Since April Jason has had two drain's removing the build up of fluid on his heart and his lungs. The heart drain was replaced by a surgical window being placed around the pericardium to more naturally offset any fluid on the heart.
The lung drain persisted and was the cause of a lot of pain, and a feeling of immobility for Jas, in having to cart around a huge tube and storage container that sat right into his lung draining out litres of gunky crap (not the medical term).
Following his first round of Chemo Jas has responded really well with the fluid from his lungs slowly but surely reducing. He has now had the lung drain removed! A huge milestone for Jas.
He has now started his second round of Chemo and we will see the results to date in early July. PD-L1 testing for the Keytruda treatment has also commenced with a massive thanks to all of you who have so generously contributed funds, aroha, food and positive Wairua (our spiritual connection to each other and our land).
While Jas is seriously fatigued from the Chemo and the size of the fight he is in, there have been good signs and positive progressions. And there is a plan for more in treatment and rehab!
He is continuing to take the fight to this disease and continuing to make all of us super proud of his efforts, courage and persistence.
Kia Kaha, Kia Toa, Kia Manawanui bro!