My Activity Tracking
My target 250kms
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For those that don’t know my story, I’d like to share with you what is going to motivate me to push for those extra km’s during the month of March.
My Husband, Gary was diagnosed in December 2019 with Melanoma in his thumb and had a half thumb amputation and 3 lymph nodes removed. Unfortunately, the melanoma had spread from one of the lymph nodes.
He never once thought this would take his life.
In Jan 2020, my hubby participates in a 12-month clinical trial of Immunotherapy.
Gary was positive this treatment would work.
In Jan 2021 it had metastasize to his lungs and he commenced 4 treatments of a stronger mixture of immunotherapy and was told if this didn’t work there was no further treatment available, this was his last attempt of a cure.
After the 4 treatments over 4 months the melanoma not only grew in his lungs, but two tumours had appeared in his brain, Gary had targeted radiation treatment and was told in June 2021 that he had 6-8 months to live even with the treatment.
Gary stays positive and believes he is going to beat this.
After the spot treatment on the two brain tumours an MRI showed good news, those two tumours were dying but there are now tumours in his stomach and more growth in his lungs. He was offered to give chemo a go, even though chemo doesn’t really do much or anything for melanoma – what did he have to lose.
Gary opted for the Chemo because he is a determined and stubborn individual – he says he gets that stubbornness from his Geordie mother.
October 2021 a PET scan shows my hubby now as at least 10 more brain tumours as well as more growth in the lungs, stomach, and random tumours in his body. Next form of treatment was a onetime only whole head radiation, he was told he had 2-3 months, maybe an extra month with the radiation but really, he was only moving the goal post, the radiation may hold the rate of grow temporarily or may do nothing at all.
Gary opts for the whole head radiation, still believing a textbook terminal diagnose does NOT apply to anyone named GARY DYBALL!!
This treatment showed a halt in growth of some of the tumours but 4 of them had kicked in and started to grow with the addition of a large new brain tumour. Again, to move the goal post Gary has spot treatment on the new tumour on Christmas Eve 2021.
With his determination and fight to live, he has surpassed his alleged used by date and is currently having 4 treatments of a new Immunotherapy drug from America, only the 2nd person in WA to be treated on compassionate grounds. Once again, our Oncologist says THIS IS your last course of treatment after this there is NOTHING. It may hold of the disease temporally, or it may not work at all. 25% chance of it doing anything.
Throughout this journey my husband has never dropped his bundle, he has never felt sorry for himself, he has gotten up every morning and is living each day with a positive attitude. He can often be seen scootering down West Coast Highway to the Trigg Canteen for a coffee in the mornings; He continues to train with a Personal Trainer, 3 times a week, even threw all his radiation, chemo and immunotherapy. When he has no energy, extreme fatigue, feeling nauseous, throwing up or feeling like his going to pass out.
A friend once said to him, why do you bother still training, you should just take it easy and chill.
My hubby’s response “I’ll go out on my terms”
My Amazing Hubby is my inspiration to get moving, rack up those km’s and never give up!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Maryanne Van Dal