Thursday, October 20, 2011


Hey everyone! This is Corinne.  My mom has been really busy and hasn't been able to put up a blog.  We have a neighbor who has been writing and sending email updates to family and friends and my mom asked that I post the most resent update that she sent.  So here it is...

Dear Perry Family and Friends,

Yesterday Craig received 2 liters of IV fluids that were badly needed.  It has been more difficult for Craig to eat and drink enough, and he has lost 8 lbs. since last Saturday, October 15.  He will receive fluids daily while receiving radiation to help him stay hydrated.  In an effort to get more calories into him, they will be starting Craig on protein drinks and smoother foods that will require less chewing.  He is very weak right now.

Marsha and Craig met with Dr. Weis, the oncologist from whom they got their second opinion last year.  They met with him yesterday for 1 hour and 15 minutes and were able to receive a lot of information and get many questions answered.  Craig's radiation treatments are scheduled to be completed next Wednesday, October 26, and they have already set up an appointment in one month from that day to do a brain scan.  They cannot do a brain scan before then, because the brain needs that time to settle down from the radiation.

If the radiation treatments have been working, they will then proceed with chemotherapy for the rest of the body.  If the radiation is not working, there will be no reason to put his body through more chemotherapy that will just make him sick.  The brain trumps all else and must allow the body to get better.

Craig's mobility has been significantly impacted by the tumors and pressure in his brain, but he still has limited ability to get around. Craig is fighting and not giving up.  He is trying his best to do everything he can on his own.  Marsha hopes to make arrangements for Craig to come home after the radiation treatments are finished and he will no longer need to be so close to the hospital.

For those who would like to receive e-mail updates on Craig's status, please reply to

Thank you to everyone for your love and support.  My family really appreciates it.  And Thank you Eva Black for helping with the email updates. :)


  1. Craig and Marsha, We are sending prayers your way from Bicknell too. Gregg and I talk often about how you are doing and wish we were closer to help.
    Ellen and Gregg Anderson

  2. I wish you could feel the hug of our family to yours at this time. I had put your family's name in the Las Vegas temple this afternoon before I got the news. I am not quite sure what to say but know that we love you.
    Natalie Jacobsmeyer and family

  3. I am so sorry to hear about Craig's passing. My heart and prayers go out to your family. I just can't imagine what you are going through. But please know that as your friend I am thinking about you.

  4. Dear Perry Family-

    I am so sad to hear of Brother Perry's passing. I only knew your family for one short year while living in your ward, but you guys made such a positive impression upon me. Your love for each other, your testimonies, and your strength amaze and inspire me. I have been reading this blog ever since I discovered Brother Perry was sick. What unrelenting courage and strength he and the family displayed through his illness. I can't imagine the sadness and loss you must be feeling at this time. I pray that you can find peace and feel Heavenly Father's love and comfort. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

    Lauren Castro

  5. Marsha and family,

    My mom just started forwarding the email updates to me yesterday and then I received the news that Brother Perry had passed away. I send my condolences and my love to your family. How wonderfully you have all fought this together. My prayers will continue to be with your family. I'll always remember Brother Perry's optimism and courage.

    Melinda Monson