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Benefit scheduled for man stricken with rare form of cancer

Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:18 a.m.

Kim Freude wipes a tear from her eye after becoming emotional while talking about her husband James' cancer treatment at their home Wednesday afternoon. Freude had a tumor removed from his head and is undergoing chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer that he is fighting in his lymph nodes. A benefit for Freude, who is an independent contractor and hasn't been able to work for months, will be Saturday at Lu Raq's Restaurant and Beer Garden.

James Freude has literally been around the world and back.

And now, he's been around cancer and has all the hopes of getting back.

"Cancer sucks," said Freude's wife Kim as she stared longingly at him, tears growing in her eyes.

"No matter how prepared you are, you're never prepared," he added.

Freude's friends have planned a benefit for Freude at Lu Raq's on Saturday.

Freude is a self-employed drilling consultant who was diagnosed with what his doctors have told him is a strange cancer.

The official diagnosis is lung cancer, but the tumor was not found in the lungs, it was found in the brain, said Dr. Pamela New, his neuro-oncologist at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

"It's kind of rare to show up first in the brain," she said. "He's gone through months of doing tests and he's still doing very well."

He was diagnosed in February.

Doctors have told him he is a stage 4, the most aggressive stage, but he feels OK, he said.

New said this is because the cancer is not throughout his entire body.

"I would like to think it's stage 2 but this is beyond doctors," he said. "They really don't know what I am."

Right now, Freude is undergoing six rounds of chemotherapy and each round consists of three sessions.

Despite the dire diagnosis, the Freudes keep positive by the outpouring of support they have received from family and friends.

"He's my little iron man," his wife said.

Some of Freude's friends from the Middle East will even be at the benefit.

Because of Freude's job, he has traveled to a lot of states in the U.S. and has been to South America and Europe.

His most recent trip was in Oman.

Shortly after he came back, he was diagnosed.

Tim Ryan, a close friend of Freude, helped organize the party.

Ryan met Freude through oil field work about 10 years ago and feels the family needs all the support they can get.

Freude has been out of work for six months, which is difficult for him. His wife has taken a job at Trudy's Hallmark to ease the financial burden.

"It's the oil fielders," Ryan said. "We're always good about caring for our own."

This truly is a good feeling, the Freudes said.

"It's like one night of no cancer," Freude's wife said.

"And we're damn sure appreciative of it," he said.



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