Dana's family comes to Detroit to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with her and Brad. Unfortunately, by the end of the week, Brad's back pain is unbearable and he is unable to move without being in excruciating pain, prompting a trip back to St. Joe's. After an additional CT scan, we learned that Brad's cancer has progressed. Past treatment options are now off the table and Brad must start radiation to his spine immediately. While in the hospital, they finalize his next treatment step, which will be the drug, Cabozantinib (which can be taken orally at home). Needless to say, t's been a tough week in the hospital, with emotions flying.
Corresponding Podcast Episodes:
Episode 33: Thanksgiving for Real
Summary: Brad, Dana, and Jeremy are joined by Dana’s family for a very real post-Thanksgiving discussion about this diagnosis and how different family members deal based on their own individual experiences. In this episode, Margo and Thomas return, in addition to Jeremy's wife Meredith, Dana's aunt, Denise, and Dana's youngest sister, Stephanie.
Episode 34: 3:33am
Summary: Summary: Brad and Dana end up in the ER yet again and are shocked by the reality of their situation.
Episode 35: Dana and JDP in Room 581
Summary: Jeremy and Dana talk about the “what’s next” after Brad’s unexpected progression and impromptu trip to the hospital.
Episode 36: Mortality
Summary: Brad addresses his mortality with Dana and Jeremy in this emotional episode.
Episode 37: Progression
Summary: As Brad’s entire treatment process radically shifts, he talks with Dana and Jeremy about the newest updates as well as reflects on past decisions.
Episode 38: Frost Cousins
Summary: Brad’s cousin Courtney stops by the hospital on her cross country road trip back home to Montana. They reminisce about growing up in the Frost clan.