This site is dedicated to showing our love and support for Justin Kropff.
Dear Friends and Family of Justin:
We know you want to show your love and support for Justin during his fight against Choroidal Melanoma. We want to Thank all who did so by buying a kropfftee. The campaign was a huge success! Your shirts should be arriving in the next week or so!
Once you have your shirt, please take a photo in it in a cool location or fun pose...even better try to take photo that is an inside joke or has meaning to you and Justin/Allison!!! Then send them to email@example.com if taken with a digital camera or text to 7163386949 if taken with a cell phone (please text your names) so we can post it to this blog! You can send a title for your photo if you would like as well! Just an FYI photos that are being texted are turning out better and clearer! Check the blog periodically and see what people are posting!! Please email us with any questions!
WE LOVE YOU JUSTIN!!!
"We’re doing it!" That’s what Justin Kropff said when we walked into ICU tonight after a long day of surgery and recovery. He’s doing well. He looks good and says he’s feeling ok. He’s very tired so hopefully he’ll get in some sleep. He’ll stay in ICU tonight where they’ll monitor him. The nurses say though everything is on track.
He is doing an awesome job. He’s kicking butt! He’s the strongest person I know. It’s tough, but he is fighting.
Your love and support is really helping. Thank you SO MUCH. When I told him about all the messages and “Kropfftees” pictures throughout the day he gave me a great big smile. We are doing it.
Good morning Team Kropff! Justin Kropff just went in for surgery. He is feeling good and ready for round 2! He got quite a laugh before he went in …Dr. Zager came walking up to his bed in pre-op wearing eye black with “Team Kropff” written on it! (He was attacked by the other Team Kropffers outside - we’re taking over!) It was very encouraging before the surgery, Dr. Zager is pretty awesome.
Thank you for all of your support! It helps more than we can ever tell you.
Happy Friday! I hope each of you are enjoying a beautiful day. Yesterday (Nov. 7, 2013) Allison and I spent the day at Moffitt Cancer Center’s “satellite” campus. It’s located closer to where we live than Moffitt’s main hospital. Scheduled were scans of my liver, and the rest of my body. These scans had been scheduled for over a month, and are protocol for cases similar to mine. The results would determine the effectiveness of my first liver percutaneous hepatic perfusion (PHP - the procedure/surgery to administer my first round of chemotherapy that I underwent Sept. 24), and whether or not we would continue with this therapeutic plan of action. We’ve now had two of these ‘scan days.’ They roughly last from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It can get tricky managing hunger during fasting periods but it’s not a big issue. However, it’s always terribly frigid in that building. It felt great to remember to bring a sweater-vest yesterday (I must keep clear access to my IV just below my bicep or else I’d full on Mr. Rogers sweater it). This morning I returned a missed call from my doctor (that he had made to me last night). He asked, “Hey, Justin! How’s it going?” I answered, “Wellllll……” It turns out Moffitt’s connectivity and communication between campuses is rather seamless, and that those scans can be ready - and read - rather quickly. My doctor wanted to update me before the weekend that he had looked over all of my scans, and that all but one of the tumors on my liver were regressing - some even DRASTICALLY! (Wow, I haven’t written this out yet - I just got chills all over again!) He said that the spot that doesn’t look to be shrinking is still showing progress because its SUV reading is lower, which means it (and all of the tumors) is becoming less active - a great sign that the therapy/treatment is working! He wanted to update me before the weekend so that I wouldn’t stress awaiting results - LOVE this guy! Further, he noted that there are no other signs of disease within my body. Additionally, Allison and I have expeditiously improved our diet after reading about recent dietary impacts on cancer research. We feel this is not hurting Team Kropff efforts!
Which brings me to TEAM KROPFF! I would appreciate the opportunity to share with you how you, too continue to positively impact this fight. Oh my goodness (OMG, if you like)!! The support, encouragement and love that we continue to receive is so very wonderful! It has been and will continue to be an amazing and truly awesome emotion to feel, knowing that we have you fighting alongside. Seeing the photos that you share wearing your Team Kropff shirts is remarkable each time I see them. Thank you for your kindness and generosity! Thank you for your uplifting spirits!
So, because the PHP is working, we’ve been given the go-ahead for our second procedure Nov. 19. We check in Monday evening, Nov. 18. This upcoming procedure will be similar to the last. We will be at Moffitt for a couple days of recovery.
I hope you have a great weekend. With your help, mine is already shining bright! GO TEAM KROPFF!