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Letter From Sherrill Nielsen

March 23, 2010 | People

This letter by Sherrill Nielsen was just sent to ElvisMatters.

Hello dear friends

Sherrill and I are touched by the out pouring of love and concern for his health. I thought I would give you all a recap of what we know thus far. In January, Sherrill and Brenda Nielsen along with Sherrill and the Elvis Connection (Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Butch Owens) performed in Denmark. While in Denmark, we rushed Sherrill to the Emergency Room only to find that he had a blood clot in his left leg. That didn't slow down the concerts (we were celebrating Elvis' birthday and we did that in style).

Upon returning home to Alabama, he developed a dry non-stop hacking cough, they treated him for Pneumonia. It continued to worsen, and finally, we got referred to a Pulmonary Specialist who started running CT Scans, PET Scans and they showed a suspicious object in his lungs. They did a CT Needle Biopsy of the lung and found out that he has Stage III non small cell adenocarcinoma in the upper right lobe of chest and into lymph nodes. It is inoperable at this time, so they must kill and shrink the cancer first.

Last week he started his chemo therapy treatments and found that he was a candidate for a new drug Erbitux, which they started Thursday. He will start radiation this week. So his schedule will be chemo once a week, Erbitux once a week, and radiation every day. They will do this for 2 months and then reassess the situation. He is weak but in good spirits, particularly knowing that there are many people throughout the world that love him and are praying for him. We are believing God for his healing. For those of you who know him well, know that he has been a "health nut" for many years. Hasn't smoked in 37 years, rides his exercise bike 15 miles every day, watches his diet religiously and does not have a sign of cancer on either side of his family. So this has been a shocker.

Keep up the prayers and we'll have him back on the road to Europe..... and as Elvis would say "he is my favorite tenor".

Love to all

Brenda Nielsen

Sherrill sends his love

Sirbalkan wrote on March 23, 2010
Hope he gets his health soon. I'll pray for him.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on March 23, 2010
Sherrill Nielsen, A man with a beautiful singing voice. I hope medical Treatment, and prayer will help get him, on the road to recovery.
Erika Freiburger wrote on March 23, 2010
I will pray for you,Sherrill. You have to be strong!
Mofoca22 wrote on March 24, 2010
get well soon buddy i want to hear you sing ole sole mio and killing me softly again
ranskal wrote on March 24, 2010
Good luck Sherrill. I pray you overcome this nasty illness.
Pachakuti! wrote on March 24, 2010
It is no secret how devastating chemotherapy can be, adding to the stress of cancer itself. Being familiar with chronic diseases and cancer in the family, I'd suggest Sherril's family to find out whether medical marijuana is available in his state. It's the best and most natural way to feel better and to regain appetite. Perfectly legally available for cancer patients in the US is also a tablet containing the plants working substance named THC, the medicine is called dronabinol. Hope all Elvis-involved sick people get better soon!