On a path of peaks and valleys…

//On a path of peaks and valleys…

On a path of peaks and valleys…

#teammikey warriors,

Late Monday night, Mike had what I will call an “episode”.  He was incoherent, unable to speak, and kinda delirious (like he’d had a seizure or stroke, but he thankfully had not).  He was admitted to the ICU at the hospital that night.  They cultured his picc line to check for infection (which is pretty protocol).  He did test positive for c diff…not fun…which they have started treating.  The docs gave him a steroid shot for possible swelling on the brain as a cause of the incoherence.  They really weren’t sure what was going on.  There was talk of moving him to hospice for care since he was out of it and not super responsive.

Mike also had a CT scan that first night – it did not reveal what we wanted to hear.  The scan showed cancer lesions growing back in his brain.  Just absolutely crazy considering not even 2 months ago, his brain was clear…what a wicked cancer beast, melanoma.

Thankfully, yesterday evening, Mike “woke up”!  He spoke very very briefly with my mom, knew who he was, who she was, etc., but could not remember how he got to the hospital or any of the events of the last 48 hours.  He is speaking more today and is more coherent, dishing out a few of his notorious Mike grins 🙂  His doctors are pretty surprised and very pleased (as, of course, are we!!!!) He’s been moved out of the ICU and onto the oncology floor!

Early hours of this morning, they did an MRI that confirmed lesion growth.  He is aware of  yet still processing his disease progression and will be kept in the hospital for a few more days…hopefully released home at that point.  Mike has a consult with Dr. Zachow, his oncology radiation doc to assess and discuss any possibilities.  They may try to gamma knife any larger tumors, if applicable.  We’ll know some more after that consult and I’ll try to update asap once we do.

So that’s where we’re at.  It has been an insanely emotional 72 hours.  Mike keeps hitting these valleys, yet somehow he keeps climbing out.  We’re not super sure what the next few hours, days, weeks hold, but always finding hope in the good and strength in Mike’s tenacious warrior spirit!  Garnering all love, prayers, vibes, juju, positivity, energy and endurance for Mikey!




By | 2018-07-19T15:31:19+00:00 July 19th, 2018|12 Comments


  1. Gracia July 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Ugh. Not the news anyone was hoping for, but Mike seems like such a fighter!!! Praying for comfort and answers!

  2. Andrea July 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    ❤️ Everything I’ve got, headed your way.

  3. Lindsey July 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Sending big love to all of you! Go Mikey!

  4. Jane Tock July 19, 2018 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am holding your adorable little brother and your entire family in my prayers and in my heart.
    I pray for the peace that passes understanding.
    Give Mikey a huge hug from Mrs Tock. 💕
    I miss you Medlocks. I walk by your old house everyday. Clark Park is not the same🌿

  5. Pody July 19, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Keep on truckin Mikey!!! See ya tomorrow for some hugs!!!! We love you =) =)

    Pody & Andy

  6. Danielle Ryan July 19, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Prayers continued for Mike and your family! #teammikey

  7. Leigh Anne Rohl July 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Been praying for him like crazy and hoping God keeps giving him and you ALL courage and strength. God bless!

  8. Bronwyn July 20, 2018 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Praying that God kicks that cancer to the curb. Sending love.

  9. Jennifer Sartain July 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Praying for healing, comfort and strength.

  10. Natalie Dianne Boteler July 22, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    LORD we ask for healing of Mile’s body. Please wrap Your loving arms around Mike and his family. We ask for Wisdom for the doctors, mediyteam and family. Please send love and prayers to Mike and family.
    Love, Dianne Boteler and Briarhill Baptist Church.

  11. Martha Hill July 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Prayers for you, Mike. I know you are fighting with all you have. We are also. Know you are remembered often and prayers are being said on your behalf. May our Healing God pour out his healing powers over your entire body. Love.❤️❤️❤️

  12. Tammy Bedi July 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Much love and prayers for comfort, peace, and strength for the days ahead. I am so glad I got to meet Mike, and his precious mother, sister, and nephews. All of you are truly the best example of what a loving family looks like.

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