Update 10: Speedbumps

Hi everyone – hope you have all had a wonderful summer. I’ve been having a great one myself.

I wanted to give you quick update with some news about my treatment and how things have been going over the past few months.

In a word, I’d say things are going “Okay”.

I don’t want to scare anybody – I’m still in remission and cancer-free which is objective number one – but I’ve had a bit of an unpleasant reaction to one of the steroids I’ve been taking as part of my treatment.

Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)

In July I noticed that out of nowhere, my left hip was starting to develop a really sharp pain. I had never had any hip trouble before and couldn’t think of anything I had done specifically to injure it, so after about a month of trying to stretch it out and rehab it on my own, I brought it up to my doctors at SCCA. We decided to do an MRI to check it out.

The MRI revealed that I had developed a thing called Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) effecting the tops of the femur bones of both of my legs where they join to the hip socket. What’s happened is the steroids has sludged up the blood flow in the femoral heads of my legs, and without proper circulation, that part of the bone starts to die, leading to arthritis and ultimately destruction of the hip joint.

Treatment

From what I understand, this is a well-known side effect of Dexamethasone (the steroid I was on) and I’ve since stopped taking it to prevent any further damage. What’s frustrating is that from a damage standpoint – what’s been done is done. There really isn’t anything I can do on my own to make it heal (meaning I won’t be able to “physical therapy” my way out of this one).

With that said, I have a couple options for treatment. In severe cases, the remedy for something like this is a total hip replacement. Though I’m not quite in this range yet, it’s definitely something that could still be on the table for me in the near future. Kind of weird being 27 and facing a double hip replacement right?

My other option (and the one I’ll be going with on both legs) is a surgery called a Core Decompression, where they will drill some very small holes into the pocket of bone that has died in order to relieve some of the pressure and try to stimulate blood flow to that area and hopefully, bone regeneration.

The surgeon said that this type of procedure is “idiots work” so hopefully meaning it’s fairly simple to do (though I think I’ll stick with having him do it instead of the village idiot). I’ll be getting surgery in the second week of October and should be down for 1-2 weeks and then on crutches for a while after that. 

I’m pretty optimistic about this surgery. If anything, it should help with some of the pain which will be a relief. And though this may put a damper on my dreams of becoming a competitive speed-walker in the 2020 olympics, this is just another speed bump in the road back to health 🙂

Thanks again for all the love and support,

Brock

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8 thoughts on “Update 10: Speedbumps”

  1. Brock – keep up this positive spirit! You’re amazing as always! If not speed walking – you’ll think of something!

  2. Will be praying for this to be a successful procedure and that there will be new bone growth and a good blood supply. Keep a positive attitude; trust God to put a new purpose in your life. Pat Allen
    I’ve followed your progress since Bob & Jill Brenden told me about you last year when Bob was in Seattle battleing his cancer.

  3. Know you are surrounded with love and healing energy from all of your friends and family! All the very best as you continue your healing journey!
    Hugs, Ruth

  4. Positive thoughts and prayers that this procedure will ease your pain. Appreciate you taking the time to update us and I fully enjoy your candid humor during what must be at times a frustrating situation. Your truly are an inspiration Brock! Keep battling young man we’re all pulling for you. God Bless♥️ The Ecklund Family

  5. You amaze me Brock, with your humor through all of this!
    Know that you could always become a writer if the speed walking doesn’t work out 😉
    Thanks for keeping us in the loop, you are well loved. Prayers continue. Sheri B

  6. Hey Brock. I’m glad to hear that you’re Cancer-free. I hope the treatment goes well to help with returning bone density. Please let me know how things go. 🙂

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