View Full Version : Update on Tred Barta

July 2, 2009, 07:54 PM
Outdoor Life (Dean Travis Clarke) --- Things have gotten both better and worse and certainly intense for Tred in the past two days.

On Friday Tred and Anni got results back from and MRI that Annie had requested because the paralysis was proceeding in the opposite direction that it should have been. It showed that the damage to Tred's spine is progressing and advancing up his neck meaning his arms are now in jeopardy. Of course, this got all the medical teams jumping – initiating all sorts of tests and sample collecting. Yesterday they got preliminary results on a blood disorder that ostensibly could be treated with a procedure called plasma pheresis. Tred was immediately transferred out of rehab and into an hospital for that procedure.

However, on the way to the hospital, doctors called Anni to tell her that that one test (a lymphectomy – analysis of lymph nodes) showed full blown Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. (No not what won this year’s spelling bee.) In fact, this is more easily treated than spelled or pronounced. It’s a very treatable form of lymphoma (a form of cancer). So Tred has now also started chemotherapy.

Anni says that although this all sounds horrible, it is, in fact, very good news in that the aggressiveness of disease’s onset indicates that perhaps it is the cause of the paralysis. And since it is a treatable condition, doctors think that over time the paralysis could be reversed to some degree.

Both Tred and Anni are optimistic, though admittedly, Tred needs some cheering up. He’s tired and intimidated by the number of letters in the name of his disease. No, seriously, he looks at it like he's now both paralyzed AND has cancer. I will be traveling to Colorado to see Tred shortly and to tape him for an online news item. But mostly just to let him know that we are all supporting him in every way we can. PLEASE keep him in your thoughts.

We are all pulling fer ya Tred!

July 2, 2009, 08:00 PM
Thanks for the update.
It really sounds grim.

July 2, 2009, 08:06 PM
I was fortunate enough when I was younger to work in airplane sales in a competing company to Tred's, from time to time I had to call Tred and see what he had available for sale, He was always a great guy to a young person trying to learn the business... He always left you with a chuckle...

I have enjoyed his television shows since, and I know he will be back... Great guys like him are hard to find...

Those doctors better be careful or he might skewer them with his Long Bow....


July 3, 2009, 06:17 AM
Thanks for the update, wish him well.

July 6, 2009, 06:44 PM
Oh man, ***??? In my prayers...

July 7, 2009, 08:14 PM
The misfourtune that has been bestowed on Tred is sad, however Tred lived, hunted and fished like each day was his last day afield, and sadly one day it was. But he did what many had only dreamed about. Don't wait on the dream trip, just do it. I did my dream hunt this year when I went to Africa. Yeah I can be alot of money, but it is just that money. There are alot more precious things. Thanks Tred, you the man.

July 7, 2009, 09:23 PM
The misfourtune that has been bestowed on Tred is sad, however Tred lived, hunted and fished like each day was his last day afield, and sadly one day it was.

If Tred retains the use of his arms I suspect he has yet to draw down on his final throphy.