Dr. Schertz

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know that Dr. Schertz was like a father to me. The man almost single handedly saved my life. On November 28th 2013, Dr. Schertz was walking back to the cancer center from Roanoke Memorial Hospital when he was struck by a car. He died as a result from his injuries. I know I am a little late posting this but it’s effected my whole family more than anyone can imagine. I now see Dr. Kochenderfer.

Here is a link to Dr. Schertz’ Memorial Website.



6 Months Seizure Free!

Today marks 6 months since my last grand-mal seizure. Every since I have seen Dr. Ferrara and he’s put me on Tegratol I have been doing better and no seizures. The medicine is similar to the Dilantin I was on but doesn’t make me AS loopy. Sometimes I still space out but it’s not as long. I also get really strong headaches at times but they seem to go away pretty fast. But aside from that, the meds are keeping me from having seizures so that’s a good thing. I can finally drive today!

I did go talk to Dr. Whisnant last week about low-T and he wants to have blood work done. I just need to go up to the hospital one morning before 8am to have the blood drawn. Before 8AM!!! Yuck. I’ll post again when results are in. I also see Dr. Shertz this week for a check-up, and Dr. Ferrara next week for a check-up. I’ll follow up once I see them!



Health update

It’s been a year and 2 days since I’ve updated this blog. Believe it or not, I am still alive and kicking though!  Last weekend, we took the kids to the Outer Banks and had a lot of fun. Kolbrin has 2 teeth now, and is scooting everywhere he wants to go. Kobie is doing good, growing like a weed and I hate it! I wish both of my boys would stay small forever. It is what it is though.

Saturday night I went to bed around 10:45 because I was exhausted. I was woken up around 12:00 with a bunch of strange people in my bedroom, plus my wife, neighbors, and father in-law. Those strange people were EMS workers. I asked what was going on and why they woke me up. Amanda told me I had a seizure and I asked if I was okay. Nobody knew. They loaded me up on a stretcher and took me to Franklin Memorial Hospital, where Dr. Lane ran bloodwork and a CT Scan on my head. Everything came back normal, and he thinks the seizure was caused by scar tissue. It was a very scary night though to say the least! I am now back on Dilantin to control seizures. I have to follow up with Dr. Shertz Friday morning so once I find out anything I’ll post it on here to let y’all know! Thank you everyone for the thoughts and prayers.



It’s a boy!

I just wanted to give a quick update. We went this week to see the sex of the baby, and it’s a BOY! Jayce Maxton Robertson is due on August 18th. If you know me, you know I’ll probably make a website for him to showcase his photos. 😉 I cannot WAIT to tell Dr. Shertz



Against all odds..

If you have known me a while, you know I am the most stubborn person you’ll meet. If you tell me not to do something, I’m going to do it. If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to prove you wrong. When I was diagnosed with my cancer…, I was told my chances of living were very slim. I proved the doctor wrong. When the doctor told me after my second brain tumor I probably wouldn’t be able to walk again, I proved him wrong. Doctor Shertz told me I would never be able to have kids again, and guess what, yep… I proved him wrong! We found out Christmas Eve Amanda is pregnant, and is due in August. We’re both very excited and this is truly a miracle baby!

I will post updates here as the pregnancy progresses, as well as on my Facebook page.



Latest update

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog, and I’m sorry for that. I went a few weeks ago to get a CT scan and a brain MRI as a normal checkup. I spoke with Dr. Buck and Dr. Shertz last week and the scans look good. The tumors are still there but not growing or spreading so that’s still good. My lungs are thick, but that’s because of everything Dr. Shertz said. I did talk to him and Dr. Buck about me spacing out, and Dr. Shertz thinks I am having seizures. Between those 2, they’re going to find a neurologist to send me too in the area. Aside from that, everything is just peachy with me! I just found out (as I am typing this) Amanda just passed her HESI for school, and will be graduating next week. I am so proud of her! She’s going to make a great nurse.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and ate lots of Hokie birds. Christmas is right around the corner, and I hope everyone has a great Christmas. I am so thankful to be here to share it with my family and friends. I go back to Dr. Shertz in May so I’ll update again at that time. Thank you all for your support.



Website font fixed!

So I TOTALLY forgot that the font was messed up in IE on my blog page. I have fixed this so now you IE users can view my blog with no problems. Also when I was looking at my web stats I see a lot of hits still going to www.dreamscapetech.net/livestrong so please make sure you update your bookmark to www.joshesjourney.com

I went this week for a CT scan of my neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. I go next week for an MRI of my head. THEN I will go the following week to see Dr. Buck, and the following week to see Dr. Shertz. It’s been a while since I’ve seen either of these great doctors, so I am excited to get some results. As soon as I get some results I’ll be sure to pass them along. Thank you to everyone that continues their support and prayers.



Website messed up in IE..

Ok, I know the font is HUGE and I am trying to figure out what’s causing it. In the meantime if you’re visiting my blog please use Firefox. Apparently there’s a rew people who still use Internet Explorer out there. 😉



Just a friendly update

Hey guys! I just wanted to give you a quick update on myself. 2 weeks ago I went for an MRI of my head, and a full body CT scan as a normal checkup. On my way home, Dr. Buck called me, and said that everything looked great with my head. The 2″ hole in my head had started to collapse and was very little dura-bond left they could see. The brain is filling itself back in. That’s a good thing!

I followed up with Dr. Shertz this week, and he said everything looked good. The scans only showed scarring in the lungs, and a slightly enlarged spleen. The liver was back to normal size with no residue of tumors or any sort of scaring. He bumped up my scans from every 3 months, to every 6 months. He also made me an appointment with Dr. Harrons office so I can discuss my ‘spacing out’ issue, and determine if Dr. Harron needs to do anything or if I need to see a Neurologist to see if this will ever go away. Hopefully it will.

Everything else in life is going good, I’ve found a lot of my old friends on Facebook, so I can keep up with people a little better. Amanda is doing good in school, I am so proud of her. Kobie is doing excellent in school and he makes us both so proud. Sadie is growing up super fast, and is spoiled rotten. We’re all excited about going camping this summer. We’ve got several camping trips planned, and we can’t wait!

I will post more updates when I talk to Dr. Harron to see what’s going on with that. Until next time friends, have a great spring and enjoy the weather. BYE!



LATEST AND MOST IMPORTANT UPDATE I’LL EVER POST!!!
So, everyone wants to know what my CT results are. You all know every 3 months I have to go for a CT scan of my entire body, to see the status of my tumors. They slowly shrink each time (very slow), but they have not been spreading or growing so that’s a plus. I’ve had the cancer in my body ever since. I get so scared every 3 months when I have to go for my CT because I have gotten such bad news every time I go. ;(.. THEN I see my oncologist a week after, and usually the Thursday before they call to remind me of my appointment. When I see his number pop up on my caller ID, my heart sinks, like “WHY is he calling me?” then I remember it’s a reminder. Well anyway, I went today for the followup of my CT last week and as always, I was scared to death when I walked in there. Dr. Schertz came in and sat down. He looked at me. I KNEW something was up. Guys, I have some bad news for all of you all………………… You’re going to have to put up with me for a long time. As of January 26th, 2010, I am in clinical remission!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This last CT scan showed no evidence of cancer in my body. The tumors are gone!!!!!!! I am cancer free!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 :)… Thank you to everyone who has stood by my side throughout this fight, and prayed for Amanda and I. You have no idea how much it all means to us. Thank you thank you thank you. I love you all… I also love and miss my biggest inspiration through all of this, Brooke Mckinsey Smith and I think she has been looking over me for a while!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Now, I need a beer.


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