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Please Help Prolong Tony’s Life!

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 had liver cancer! In addition to treatment, he was also in need of a liver transplant.

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September 12, 2019

Today (9/11/2019), Tony saw his liver specialist for his six-month follow-up. All went well. He just needs to watch what he eats because he has gained five pounds since his last visit three months ago πŸ™‚ . One of his anti-rejection meds (Cellcept) was reduced from two twice daily to one twice daily. His magnesium prescription was also reduced from two twice daily to one twice daily. He will have his labs repeated in two to four weeks to see how he is doing on the lower dose of Cellcept.

He also had an MRI today to see if the tumor has returned. Results came back normal. His next follow-up appointment with his specialist is in March, 2019 (the one-year anniversary of his transplant) πŸ™‚ .

We continue to view everyday as a blessing because Tony is still here with us. We are also still very appreciative of everyone’s ongoing prayers, love, support and encouragement!

Thank you again so much from the depths of our hearts!!!

Love,
The Billings Family πŸ™‚

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™‚

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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