• February 20, 2017

‘Fight for Lupe’

Soldier battles stage 4 colon cancer, facing a tough fight that would have been easier if disease was caught at first sign of symptoms in 2010

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  • sammysmommy posted at 5:16 pm on Sun, Feb 2, 2014.

    sammysmommy Posts: 1

    Lupe passed away this morning

  • JIML posted at 9:16 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    JIML Posts: 53

    Ridiculous and completely unacceptable. God bless him and his family.

  • rachnick posted at 10:56 pm on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    rachnick Posts: 2

    It's sad to see that nothing has changed at Darnall. My mother went there in 1983 with a lump in her breast. She was told to go home - that it was nothing to worry about. In 1985, she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and died within three months of her diagnosis. When she was finally diagnosed, instead of scheduling her for immediate treatment, she was put on a month-long waiting list to see a surgeon. By then it was too late for surgery. She was given chemotherapy and when she had difficulty breathing or other scares during chemo, she went to the ER at Darnall, where she was told dismissively, "Go home. You have cancer." She died in agony and it was preventable.

  • superbarbie posted at 11:56 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    superbarbie Posts: 1

    I guess I should consider myself lucky. In 1998 I went to Darnell for a mole on my chest that looked funny. I was told that we would keep and eye on it and if it changed they would remove it. Well it changed, but despite my complaining nothing was done. Thank God in December of that year we got orders for Germany, ones settled over there I went back to the doctor to show off my mole, he immediately thought it was suspicious and cut it out and send it off for biopsy. It came back as Melanoma, thank God it hadn't spread yet. Had I stayed at Fort Hood with the attitude of some of the providers I would be dead by now.
    I hope Lupe is as lucky as I am and makes it through this with flying colors, I will be keeping him and his family in my prayers.

  • Brandi posted at 9:33 am on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    Brandi Posts: 1

    This is about Standard Care for Darnall & Tricare. I complained about a lump in my right breast in 2010 to my West Ft. Hood care provider; I was sent to a Neurologist for pain to my hand. I continued to complain and finally in 2012 had a Mamogram which showed a massive growthy, had more mamograms, MRIs, ultrasounds in Fed/Mar of 2012; was approved for exploratory surgery in August 20th; Tricare refued my referrals because mt care provider kept changing my records. I was finally sent to BAMC by my surgeon at Darnall; had a double Mastectomy (explantation), suffered a massive blood clot to my right breast and had reconstruction in Feb. 2013. Waited in the ER for 3 hours after being removed from the EMS gurney; arrived with severe chest pains, was placed into the waiting area for 3 hours before they decided to take my vitals or EKG. Yep, thats the care we get from Ft. Hood.