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Please Help Get a Transplant For Tony!

On February 19, 2018, less than two months after his father passed, my husband Tony received a call that we never expected and that would change his and our family’s lives forever. It was his doctor calling to tell him he has liver cancer! In addition to treatment, he is also in need of a liver transplant.

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June 14, 2019

Tony went for his three-month follow-up appointment with his liver specialist on 6/11/2019. The doctor released him to return to work on 6/15/2019. My depression has set in because although I hate that it took him and our family going through this, I’m sad that he and I won’t be having all the time together that we have over the past three months πŸ™ . Anyway, he still has lifting restrictions of no more than 50 pounds until September. His next three-month follow-up is also scheduled for September.

He also had his first MRI since receiving his new liver. There is only an eight percent chance of the cancer returning after transplant, but the doctor wants to be overly cautious to make sure it has not returned.

For the next month, he still has to continue getting weekly labs. Then he will get labs every other week. Eventually, he will get them once a month. Thereafter, it will be every three months for lifetime.

Changes were made to more of his medications: (1) two more prescription meds were stopped, (2) the number of times per day he takes one other prescription med was decreased and (3) he can stop taking his daily multi-vitamin as long as he continues to eat right.

So, transplant-wise, he is still doing great! However, his vision has gotten considerably worse in the last three months since he saw the ophthalmologist two days before his transplant. He has cataracts on both eyes and needs surgery on both. Surgery had to be postponed due to his transplant, and his liver specialist instructed him to wait until mid July. So until he has the surgeries on both eyes and his vision improves, I will continue to be his chauffeur πŸ™‚ .

Again, Tony, I and our entire family want to say thank you so very much for everything!!! We could not have made it this far in this lifelong journey without all of your prayers, love, support and encouragement!!!

From our hearts to yours!

Love,
The Billings Family πŸ™‚

April 15, 2019

Today is 4/15/2019, and Tony and I not long ago got home from his first appointment with his liver specialist since his transplant on 3/6/2019.

As always, he received a good report. However, there is an issue with his kidneys–they are okay but not as good as they used to be because of the surgery (transplant). To hopefully remedy this, the specialist may at a later time change one of his anti-rejection meds to a different one.

He cannot yet return to work and still has some restrictions regarding lifting, exercising and stretching. He will continue to go once a week for labs. His next appointment and MRI will be in mid June.

Thank you all again so very much for your ongoing prayers, love, support and encouragement!!!

Love,
The Billings Family πŸ™‚

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April 9, 2019

To: Kimberly Goodloe Kim, my dear friend, Thank you so much for your ongoing love, support and encouragement!!! Tony and our family deeply appreciate it!!! Love, Maxine :)

Maxine Billings

April 9, 2019

To: Taun Patterson Dear Sis, Oh, how wonderful to hear from you!!! I totally understand as I don't go on FB a lot anymore myself. Thank you so much for your kind words, and please know that I feel the same way about you!!! Your prayers, love, support and encouragement mean so much to Tony and our family!!! Love, Maxine :)

Maxine Billings

April 9, 2019

To: Charlotte Boykin Dear Sis, Oh, how your message deeply touched my heart!!! Thank you so much for your beautiful comments and your ongoing love, support and encouragement!!! I totally understand why being an organ donor is so important to you!!! Love, Your sis Maxine :)

Maxine Billings

April 9, 2019

To: Cameshia Garricks Dear Cameshia, Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words!!! Oh, how wonderful that you are following in the beautiful footsteps of your dear mother!!! I can just imagine how proud of you she would be!!! Your love, encouragement and support mean so much to Tony and our family!!! Love, Maxine :)

Maxine Billings