Hard, hard news…

//Hard, hard news…

Hard, hard news…

Mike was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, April 22nd with fever, nausea, vomiting and loads of pain – side effects from the immunotherapy infusion.  A 5-round course of radiation was ordered to target his main tumor, the mothership, on his back/shoulder which seems to be effecting it’s composition.  Also while in the hospital, the doctors ordered a CT scan of his abdominal area to rule out any issues.  What the scan showed was not what any of us wanted to hear.  Numerous tumors had grown in his abdomen.   These were not pseudo tumors that sometimes show up after immunotherapy, but actual disease…the cancer…spreading.  This led to the realization that immunotherapy was not working and would be stopped immediately.  No point in making him endure terrible side effects for something that isn’t working.  Incredibly heartbreaking for us and for him.  Doctors, Mike and family needed to come up with a new plan for this new prognosis and set to work figuring out what that plan B looked like.   He’s never been alone at the hospital…I flew down Tuesday, the 24th a little ahead of an already scheduled trip and we (me, Jenny, Ryan, my mom, and my dad) have been here around the clock, day and night.


During this hospital stay, I should also note that Mike lost his phone, so if you’ve been trying to contact him, he’s not ignoring you, I promise…he’s just been without a phone for about a week now.  By Friday his body was feeling good enough and stabile to be discharged from the hospital.  Months ago I had purchased tickets to the opera, Turandot, for me, Mike, Jenny, Ryan and my Mom to all go to together before any of this cancer business resurfaced.  Somehow, Mike got it set in his mind that he was going with us no matter what and with some magical bad-assery he pulled himself together, got fancied up, stayed for the entire opera and really enjoyed it!  It was so good to be able to do something special as a family.


The next morning (Sunday, April 29th), Mike woke up with a ton of nausea and severe pain once again and we felt the best place for him would be the hospital to keep him hydrated with fluids and IV meds.  So back to St. Dominic’s we went.  They ordered an MRI of his brain to check for any swelling or tumor growth that could be causing the nausea and thankfully that scan was clear.  Dr. Young, his oncologist, was here last night and let us know the plan of action.  Mike is going to start a pill that is a B-RAF inhibitor (google it…it’s way too long to type out what exactly it is and why he’s eligible to take it).  This medication has success killing/inhibiting tumor growth for a short term. It will not send him in to remission, but will hopefully buy him and his doctors some time to figure out another treatment option.  He will start on that as soon as insurance approves it and it arrives which should be any day now.  In the mean time, Mike is fully aware of the situation/prognosis and continues to have a pretty positive, “let’s do this” type of attitude but certainly is emotional about it, too.   We are still hunkered down in the hospital getting his pain under control to where he can come home.  Once again, he’s turned a corner and is doing better physically today and we’ve been able to lucidly (is that a word?) talk about allllllll the things.

We need our warriors of the #teammikey army to think of Mike in these next few days as he starts this new drug and hopefully continues to gain strength to go home.  Send prayers and all the good vibes, juju, voodoo, spirits…everything ya can…in the coming  days, weeks and months that we can find a medical trial or some option somewhere that will bring remission.

And because I like to be positive, I will end this lengthy, emotional journal update on a strange, yet amazing little note.  A cardinal showed up at Mike’s hospital window one morning when my mom, myself and Mike were there.  The cardinal sat on the ledge not 8 inches from where I was sitting, singing and looking IN TO the window for a good 5 minutes.  It was amazing!  My mom did a quick little search of a cardinal’s symbolism and found that in some cultures (Native American, in particular), the cardinal is revered as a messenger between Earth and the Spirit.  Wowzers, right?  This very same cardinal has since visited Mike’s window EVERY DAY singing different songs, staying for several minutes and always looking in to the window, unafraid and persistent.  Hope is out there for Mike…our little red messenger says so.

With strength, love, and hope…




By | 2018-05-01T22:09:19+00:00 May 1st, 2018|16 Comments


  1. Julie Price May 1, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    The cardinal does not surprise me. Mikey has always been one of those people who just (for lack of a better way to say it) glows. You know what I mean. He glowed at age 6 and he grew up and still, there it was. The glow. This is why, I’m certain, his nephews lose their minds over him. People instantly see it.
    That said, I sometimes wish we could look out and see a light shining above the heads of the people who are praying for us when we’re suffering. I know that if Mikey could be riding a big drone and looking at one state after another, he’d see what looks like a convention of fireflies. I’m one of them.

  2. Jodi Dalton May 1, 2018 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I am so saddened and heartbroken to hear this but hopeful at the same time. I have NO idea why GOD would do this and I hope there is a plan for Mikey!! I am just so so sorry and will be praying extra hard for strength, comfort, perseverance, solutions, restful sleep, and that cardinal continues to bring hope every day. You all are on my heart and mind every day! ❤️

  3. Andrea L Hunt-Shelton May 1, 2018 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Everything I’ve got is headed your way. Nothing but love and good vibes. Love to you all. You’ve got this.

  4. Lindsey May 2, 2018 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Love and strength to all of you guys! Mikey has a lot of love coming from all over. The cardinal is super special and definitely a sign that he has more on his side than us earthly beings. Go Mikey!

  5. Ashley Garavelli May 2, 2018 at 1:38 am - Reply

    We have not and will not stop praying for Mike. Please give him our love and let him know that he is always in our thoughts. Love you guys!

  6. Jessica Eubanks May 2, 2018 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Hey! I graduated highschool with Mike, we didnt know one another well or anything, But I have definitely been keeping up with his journey! I’m sad to hear the recent news and that Mike hasn’t been feeling wel. I just wanted to drop a line to send all the healing, love, and light possible to Mike and his family and friends. Glad he made it to that opera, that’s the attitude it takes!💪

  7. Nicole Mattox May 2, 2018 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I love happy and hopeful signs such as the cardinal. Approaching each day with thankfulness and gratitude helps make the moments of adversity a little easier to handle. So much strength resonates from your update and I wish for your family to find a symphony of peace within the small victories.

  8. Leigh Anne Rohl May 2, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Will be praying for Mike! Also, in some cultures the Cardinal represents an Angel. 🙂 My heart is with you all through this struggle!

  9. Larry D Cagle May 2, 2018 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    There are no words which can take away the pain and struggle which Mike is facing nor the emotional rollercoaster you all are on. My prayer is that God grant each you peace, love, and mercy that he is capable of giving. That his will be done and I pray that he demonstrates he is the great physician to all around who needs to see his power in action. I pray that he wraps his loving and strong arms around you as a family and holds you all close while hearing and answering our prayers for Mikes recovery. Finally, I pray for grace and mercy on us all until his return. In Jesus name. amen.

    Be still and know that I am God dairy the Lord.

  10. Anthony Cagle May 2, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I’ll say a prayer for Mike and all of you too. May God shine his grace and mercy upon the whole family.

  11. Zach deckard May 3, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I’ve never met your brother, but I have two and could never imagine going through this with one of them. Thinking about you and your family. Hope that cardinal sticks around.

  12. Mary Parker May 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I believe in modern day miracles. Remember, Rom. 8:28, “And we know that all things work for good to those who love the Lord, to those who are the called according to his purpose.
    I know you good people are God fearing and must believe it too. I believe God is using Mike to teach us all the ways He still works today, if we only believe, trust and hope.

  13. Jennifer Sartain May 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    My prayers for healing and strength.

  14. Julie Price May 7, 2018 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Thinking of you all and praying!

  15. Taylor Golmon May 7, 2018 at 3:13 am - Reply

    You’re in my daily thoughts, Mike and family. It was only six months ago I got to attend the Pokey LaFarge show with him and other friends, and my, what a treat it was to witness (hear) Mike thoroughly enjoy himself (by hooting/shouting louder than anyone in the entire room all night). And I have to say – everyone should be given the opportunity to see Mike Medlock dance by himself in a crowded room. 🙂 It’s really a show in itself!! I don’t think anyone could have stopped him.

    So keep going, Mikey! We know you can!

  16. Natalie Dianne Boteler May 7, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    LORD we ask for complete healing in Mike’s body. Please wrap Your loving arms around Mike and family. Give doctors and medical team wisdom. LORD Thank you for dying for our sins so that we may have eternal life. We ask these things in Jesus name. Amen.

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