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Loyal, strong, determined, resilient, compassionate, honest, and brave. Charles Frederick Porter II was born in Oxford England to an English mother with Jewish roots and an African American father from Annapolis, Md. Charles thrived in sports as well as academia and eventually received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. Almost a decade later, in 2010, he was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In May of 2015, he had a relapse.

 

Posted July 6th on Instagram

 

Here I stand.

Today my mom and I walked around the oncology unit in Santa Monica. After two years of a clinical trial my time was finally up. I hugged all of the nurses, some twice, hugged my doctors, check in people and anyone else who was feeling it at the time. Blood work looked good and I was given the breakdown of what will happen next.

I, myself had mixed feelings. To be honest I was shook. My mind was so cluttered with thoughts of what if, I didn’t even remember to celebrate the what is. Sure I was hugging and laughing but deep within I was doubting.

Another case of survivors remorse? Or just knowing that no scan has shown a complete remission and that still means that there is work to be done?

Mum and I left the clinic and went to get my final scan of the trial. Results TBD but I tell ya what.

Once the sea air hits you and you stop to check in on life, you realize the now. Right now I am grateful for the day. Grateful for making it through two years on a trial drug and the drug working. Thankful for those that came before me and those after me who continue to work on new and improved treatments and maybe one day a cure.

I will take a moment and celebrate the day for my friends, family and loved ones and all those that have been in the fight.

A special shout out to my boss and love @canditab for helping me to see another day and getting one step closer to meeting my daughter. Something once upon a time I never thought could happen.

#muchlove #be #neverquit

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2 Comments

  1. Randi Lubline / July 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm /Reply

    I am writing this for my husband Michael who is sitting next to me. The little keyboard is difficult. Our story is difficult to abbreviate but here is the short version. NASH nonalcholic liver disease,desperately needed transplant,liver was now cancerous & was confined to a nursing home for eight months until the miracle call came.18+ hours heart bypass then liver transplant. Off ventilator 3 days later.Mike was back. 116lbs most of which was smile. Within 2 months HCC metastatic to lungs. Try explaining he did not have lung cancer, he had liver cancer in his lungs.Told 2 months at best. That was over a year ago. Tumors are now growing but new liver thrives. Thanks for inviting me in all friends & some family have disappeared. We need time alone with our feet in the sand,so much more to my story so direct me what I need to do next. Love & appreciation for all you do & thank you again. ML

  2. Anti-Cancer Club
    Anti-Cancer Club / August 1, 2017 at 7:38 am /Reply

    Hi.

    Email me at TakeCharge@Anticancerclub.com! Let’s connect!

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