Katie you are so awesome thank you so much
Wow thank you so much Lisa. I was feeling pretty down on my birthday as I hate to ask for anything more of my wife as she already does so much for me. I will make to try to eat healthy
Today is my 40th birthday. Stuck in a hospital bed in my house waiting for wounds to heal. Wife is of course stressing over money as the medical bills keep rolling in. Can't really think about spending money on a birthday gift really. But what I thought of was to see if any of you would be willing to donate towards a birthday gift even if it is just $3.33 as 333 is my favorite number. I will post a picture of what you guys got me for my birthday.
Hello all. Sorry a update has taken so long coming. I am back home with a wound vac on my butt trying to heal the damage caused by the long surgery. My physical therapy has really taken a hit my legs still have numbness in them I am hoping that will go away as well over time. If any of you would like to donate to help me buy my wifesome much earned gifts for xmas to show my love for her unwavering support
Sorry it has been so long. Having to go back into the hospital for a week took alot of hope out of my sales. The wound that had been created from the 14hr surgery got infected and had to be debrided and a wound vac applied ontop of that they hit me with every antibiotic they have wich made me pretty ill no taste buds not hungry. But luckly Im back home for now watching new medical bills roll in. If your able to help that would really take some of the stress off,
Updates have been slow as I am back in the hospital. Antibiotics are kicking my ass and there is talk about releasing me tomorrow. I hope so as I cant take being in a hospital much longer. Thank you all for being there with me threw this every dollar that gets donated is a little less stress. Only need another $150 and the gas fillu9 should be covered.
Going into surgery for backside wish me luck
The fear of being stuck in the hospital for another 10 weeks or more, the giant medical costs that are racking up everyday. The last thing I want was to put my amazing wife in so much debt over me is not something I ever want. And with your heop even small amounts help me feel that some day when this is over we wont be drowning in debt
Sorry I havent posted in a while but my wound on the backside got infected and now I'm checked back into a hospital near my home plan for surgery tomorrow. If the infection has gotten in the bone were talking 6 weeks in the hospital. I'm so sorry to have to keep asking for help with my bills as I was hoping this would go a lot smoother then it has. You all feel like family to me
Only need $250 more to order our propane tank to be filled to help heat out house this winter. I know we can do this if we all work together on this. With your continual support in this I hope to be walking by May 1st
We still have $300 to go to reach the goal to get that propane tank refilled for heating our home. It is 3am and 11 degrees outside home alone in the dark unable to go back to bed. So I decide to do reps of 20 on my leg exercises 1 to help warm up but 2 might as well I might not be walking right now but who knows when that numbness will go away.
We are getting closer to getting the money together to fill our propane tank only $500 more to go. We can do this , I know we can
If I could 100 people donate $3.33 I think that would be pretty close to what elsevis needed to get the tank filled to heat our house for winter
We got our first donor towards the propane refill last night. I know we can do better looking for at least 2 donations today and look forward to thanking people via the phone
We applied plastic on our windows today to help make our heating $1 go farther. Here not to long ago I set a goal to collect enough money to build a ramp for my house. Now I would like to set a goal to get the propane tank filled if we can do it. Please if you can lets get the money together to order that tank so my wige doesnt have to stress how to come up with sucy a big amount ontop of all the other house bills. As a reward anyone that donates $50 or more I will call them and thank them personally and chat for a bit
I reallyvwant to do this hefor Dec 25th ad kinda of a xmas gift to help my wife
As I look down at my legs and feelmthe numbness from the knees down I can help but wonder if seeking a better life for me and my wife. But then I think of all of you that have and are still helping us try to get there and close my eyes knowing I just have to have faith that things will be better tomorrow. If you can still find ways to help me and my wife I promise to not give up as I cant as none of you have given up on me. My heart is so full of love from you all
Sorry I have not posted in awhile I just got home and trying to get settled in. Looking at our mounting housing bills $400 toward trash $700 for car ins 200 elecyric bill $800 propane tank fill ontop of new medical bills here at home. If any one can help out towards our bills for winter. My wife is going back to work soon so atleast some money will be coming in. But untill then we really could use some help
We did were able to raise the money needed for me to get in my home and take a moment to reflect on my journey so far. I will post pics of the finished ramp you all help to help have built. Thank you all again
We are so very close. I know we can do this down to only needing that last $100
We are so close to raising the money for the wheel chair ramp. Less then $200 and I can get into my house that I have not seen in over 3 months.
We have raised $310 towards the $500 needed for a wheel chair ramp to be built. Come on! We can do this
A picture of my deck that we need to add a ramp so I will be able to get in house
this is where we will need to add ramp
Awesome news!!! Was able to raise $100 yesterday so only $400 more to go to reach the goal for the ramp. Come on we an do it! You guys are amazing.
I need to have built a ramp to be able to get in my home. My Dad and his friends offered the labor for free but the boards and materials are going to cost at least $500.00. If we could raise the money to cover the ramp that would help so much with winter coming and with heating and everything. I know you have all given so much to help me and this would be a huge help for me as I am still unable to walk just yet.
Sorry it has taken so long to update. I have been having 4 physical therapy sessions a day and by the end of the day I'm exhausted.
Freaking out abit getting our first billings for me being here in rehab and seeing numbers in the $500k range. Any help you can afford to send our way would help. You have all given me so much. It drives me everyday to show you what your support can do for this very lucky man and very supportive wife. Thank you all so very much
Was permitted to leave hospital yesterday. On a day out pass to help me wrap my head around being out in a wheel chair. In some sense I felt I had more freedom now that the growth was gone. But walking is very nice. Not to mention the pressure sore on my backside from the long surgery is very painful to sit on and length of time . We need to pay for our almost $1000.00 train ticket home soon. So any help any of you could manage would greatly appreciate.
The video I posted was me walking for the first time. Well today after 179ft I fell luckily I dont think I broke anything but I do hurt. I have to keep pushing
Crazy busy day. Backside hurting. Needing to suck it up today.
Working hard today. Threw the pain. But have to if I hope to get home. As faras I know ins should cover most of hospital stuff. Sadly not the docs or the surgeries. And who knows what other costs when we get home. I know 30k seems like a lot but almost 10k just in travel . Please know I would not ask for help if it wasnt needed
thank you all for changing my life
The idea of buying train tickets to get home is exciting. But at the same time worried about the medical bills as they start flooding in whenmwe do make home. My Dad and his friends from church are trying to get the money together to build a enclosed ramp be for I get home. Any donations would really help as lumber is crazy expensive
Lol I need someone to donate $33 to get the whole 333 thing. As you know I have this crazy thing where I see 333 all the time and even dr gelmans practice address is 333
Got a lot done today
wanted to take a moment and thank you all for the support. Could not havd made it this far with out all your help
This is my wife
On of our possible nightmares came true this morning. My wife's employer called saying they are denying fmla
Sorry, I have not posted in awhile just been working really hard on physical therapy everyday I will try get some pics posted of me working out. They have given a pencil in date of leaving by Nov 4th to go hoje in Michigan. Thats great and scary news at the same time. Want to go home of course, not sure if my legs will be ready by then
Today I am exhausted from physical therapy. Guess that means I am getting closer to my goal of walking again and getting back home. Thank you all for the support you have given. If any of you can give again that would really help cover the bills we have at home building up. While we are stuck here spend more money then I can think of being here in rehab.
Its 333 and I wanted to share with all of you that I am getting stronger and am able to stand on my own for about 5 mins now and hope to start walking soon. I know the medical bills are pilling up everyday I'm in here but dont have much choice in the matter. Thank you all for helping with donations and any other you can afford would be very helpful
Thanks to Mike my wife got 20 "roses" because of you. Something I wish I could myself right now as she is helping me so much.
Guess tomorrow is my 1 day break from physical therapy in the week. What to do? What to do? May relize that it was the 28th of aug not the 28th of sept I started this hospital journey. Never would have guessed I would still be here. The 1 true positive is my amazing wife is with me. I have a idea if you could donate this weekend for me each $ equals 1 rose towards my wife. Monday I will let her know how many "roses" were left in her honor for being the amazing wife and best friend I could have
Been going to physical therapy all week getting stronger. Right knee to weak to lock on its own they are looking into making a brace for it. Guess back wound is down by 50%. Both legs still numb from top of knee to ankle. I have 2 openings from surgery on wound vac. But othere then that I'm just peachy! Lol thanks for all your support in all this
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile going threw rehab is much harder then I thought it would be. I spiked a 103 fever last night not sure why
So many of you have reached out to me and my wife. I know I will never be able to thank you all the amount you deserve helping me get my life back is priceless. Sad the real of it is it does come with a giant cost even after ins helps. But you all help send me to the best and of course the best cost the most. Thank you all! I look forward to taking my wife in my arms and showing her how much a husband can mis his amazing wife.
We have been switched over to another build for rehab for my legs. Guys are talking 3 to 4 more weeks!!! Gee I can only guess at how much something like this will cost. I am asking if some how you could donate again that would really help out
Having a hard day today. Testing my mental spirit. As they start to pull back the pain meds
Not happy with how long it is taking to walk again
I was thinking most of this money will be eaten up my medical expenses and thats fine. But after Im healed inwould like to the my wife away for a romantic weekend. Please feel free to donate to the treating my wife amazing fund as she has been there 1000%
Getting stronger! But another day in a place I dont want to be. Ready to go home
For every $1 any of you give from you heart really helps us less about the money side of the giant task and focus on getting stronger. So we can get home and start our new lifes
Been in the hospital so long time starts to distort days run together. And god their food is awful. Getting random muscle spasms in my legs
My goal is to be able to get in and out of wheel chair to go for a stroll eith my wife. Been in this room damn to long
When I decided to take on this huge task of having the surgery. I understood it could kill me and tried to say my good byes to everyone. But the surgery it self has gone all but flawless and much like really life it was the things you cant really plan for that seem to be the real test. I ask for you support as there is still been no confirmation of my wifes work doing fmla thing so money is getting tighter and more time is looking to be needed
Today was hard having to have a new pickline in then PT came and helped force me stand even longer each time. Still can walk but I hope it will come soon
Took 2 supprorted steps yesterday and they took out my cathander this morning!!! Making baby steps forward
Hurting something awful hoping pills kick in soon
Second Round with none working legs. I think we are making ground. Yes pun was intended
Yesterday was harder then I had figured ot would be. It is shocking how fast you can lose abilities in something like this. What adds to the stress is know my wifes last pay day is sept 10th and they are talking sometime on Oct toll I can even come home. I did not want to ruin us money eise with this operation. But even eith ins a month long stay in hospital alone is going to me massive
Say up twice today anf got shocks and shoes on hoping to help trigger walking. Sadly no luck. Have to keep trying. And pointers for long hospital stay
Being able to think about things happen. The surgery was long and hard. The pulled me out was giving me jello and water then I crashed to 18 beats per min. I almost died. Know knowing that I can understand why it has taken over a week for my brain to come cabk online having a hard time moviing my legs at all giaint sor on my back and can go 0 to mega pain in no time. Im doing better. Laat night I slept for a good solid 4hrs and understand this could take months to get better.
Thank you all for taking a chance on me
As alot you know I am lamed up at U C irvine hospital in Orange California.
Please feel free to send get well cards to room 6831 I would love to see some encouraging words in hard copy since she does really do tje internet
My mother flew out for the surgery but can not afford to stay at hotel while she is waiting for me to get well enough to travel home. She is 67 and would want her to stay with some kind near anheim orange calfornia
Hey Guys! I just got got out of ICU and hamt my own room now. Made a lot of big progress. But I have along time to go
My Surgery is in 2 hours. So this might be my last post. I love you all and I can not thank you enough for your support in all of this. My wife is everything to me and to get a second chance to give her then man she deserves means a lot to me. I will post as soon as I can if andwhen I wake up.
I found out some shocking news today. I guess they want to remove the apron that hangs down as well which will double my recover time to almost 5 weeks in the hospital. My wife's vacation time runs out Sept 10th meaning no money coming in at all until we are able to go home. I know I have asked a lot from all of you already but any extra help would greatly lesson the fear of covering our bills at home.
In less then 24hrs I face the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. All of your support is helping me threw this and will never be able to thank you all enough. A chance to spend more time with my wife. My best friend she is so amazing and I would storm the gates of hell to spend just 1 more second with her. So know with your support I plan to go into this fighting.
Out of L.A. now in the hotel across the street from where I will not doubt he for the next 2 weeks healing. I am so scared of the giant medical bill for being in the hospital that long. I will of course try to heal as fast as I can but there are somethings we can't control
Thank you all for helping me get here. In about 48 hrs I will be in surgery and hopefully will come out a changed man able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
Just got out to L.A. the trip took a lot more out of me then anything I have done yet. 3 days and counting till surgery. I will post more updates tomorrow.
A week from today I fly out to California. I'm starting to get nervous as I have not flown out of Detroit or on Delta. I hope it goes as smooth as flying on American did. I will be post alot more as time goes on as I feel since all of you have donated and made this all possible. I owe you to at least updates of where your hard earned money is going. Thank you all again for helping this happen. I plan on making the most of this second chance at a better life
In the morning when I wake up my right hips hurts from sleeping on it all night. When I get up and move around my back starts to hurt. When I go out my knees and feet hurt if I stand to much. Then if I sit for more then 30 mins in a car seat I often have to pull over and adjust as the extra preasure on the back side of my testicles starts burning in pain. So at the end of the day when I climb into bed I exhale with relief knowing soon I will be in less pain. I do not take pain pills often as I know they are not good for me I try my best to power threw the pain
My wife told me someone at her work asked if I was in pain. My wife being a oretty private person did not answer. So I thought I would come on here and talk about my pain as I am sure some of you also wonder if I am in pain
Found out the the out of network Doctor fees could be as much as $29000 and that doesnt included the hospital costs. I would be lieing if I said I was not afraid of being in debt for this for the rest of my life.I will be keeping you all posted where all your hard earned money goes. Thank you all for helping me get cloe to a better life with my amazing wife.
I went to the Doctor on Friday and not only did I lose 23 pounds in 5 weeks but I am super healthy based on my pre surgery test I should be able to handle the surgery great and heal very fast. we fly out in about a week wish me luck
Just paid off my $1400.00 plane tickets I figured my the end of this I would have spent almost $6000.00 just in travel to get the surgery I need. Thank you all for helping me get this taken care of. I look forward to having a better life all cause of all of you.
I go for blood work friday morning the next Thursday for my pre surgery screening. Please pray that there is nothing that interrupts the Surgery on the 28th
I ordered my tickets to go back out to California on Aug 25th and hope to come back Sept 1st but it all depends how fast I can heal after the Surgery. I have to fly first class so the seat will be big enough. wich burns threw the money faster then I like but its cheaper and faster then taking the train. Wich is how I got out there the first time thinking I was to fat to fly as Kevin Smith had got kicked off the plane what hope did I have. he must have been flying couch with the 17 inch seats. first class seats are 21 inch on most planes now. thank you all for helping me be able to do this I look forward to paying it forward. I am scared about putting us so far in debt we will never see the light as we work very hard not to be in debt other then our house.
Setting up my pre surgery exam and blood work for next week. Got my first medical bill for the surgery for $8500.00 if that is a hint of how pricey this is going to be I am in more trouble then I thought. And on top of that I dont overly care for needles. Wish me luck. God knows I'll need it
Back home! Trying to relax a little befor needing to head back out for my surgery at the end of August
As we still have no idea what the total cost of this surgery will be at the end. Just the getting out her and back home twice is costing a small fortune for a guy of my size. Plus my wife and hotel stay for a week each time pre op and not know hotel cost for my wife post op as I will be trying to heal as fast as I can to get home. This first out is looking to cost around $6k. Thank you all for your support and thank all of you that can still donate a few bucks every dollar gets me closer to being with my wife as a man she deserves
As many of you know I went to my doctor appointment today.
When he first saw my growth he studied it and was very postive that not would it be easy to remove but my skin was healthy and feels my recovery would be fast.
He said he would start the paper work but sometimes it takes the ins companies months to get everything in order.
He comes back 30 mins later letting me know its been approved and the look to do do my surgery at the end of August!!!
We are here in California and meeting with the doctor tomorrow morning. I will post the info tomorrow.
in the big town
Want to take the time in my journey to California to see the Doctor I need to see and say thank you. With out all your support none of this would be happening right now.
On train still heading to Los Angeles tomorrow morning. We are riding threw Colorado right now
Super tired on train. The movement and noise only let me get maybe 2 hrs of sleep in Kansas right now
Went to pool today with our new friends Ross & Emily. Tomorrow 8am We get on the train to California.
I changed the video and will add more on our way to California
Went to the pool today and goyt a couple laps in. Body feels a little better but still tired. Spending tomorrow resting as much as possible
I hurt today. I think I over did it. Trying to do to much to get ready for trip. I wish I could do more but this damn growth just wears me out to fast. But I will beat this thing. I have to.
I will of course keep you all updated as to how things are going. Heading to California on the 22nd to meet with the doctor on the 25th. And will hopefully know when my surgery will be
Saw one of my best friends today. Aka my little brother. It was really nice going out, made me feel normal for at least a little awhile anyway. I hope someday to be able to be as important to him as he is in my life. Thank you Jason for being there for me.
You have all been amazing. It touchs my heart to think a thousand people feel for me so much to donate towards me and my wife to have a chance at a better life. That completely blows my mind. Often we see the world as a dark non caring place. How wrong we are. I will never forget any of you and how you reached into your pockets and gave to a couple that will forever be in your debt. My wife's happiness to me is worth more then anything and that is what you are helping me give her. And for that there will never be enough thank yous to say
Getting nervous as the 22nd of July is coming fast. Heading out to California to see the doctor and get the date of the surgery. Thank you all for the support. I would not have been able to do this without all of you.
Hello my name is Dan. I have Scrotal Lymphedema and the doctor that specializes in that type of surgery is who I would prefer to remove the 75 pound growth on my abdomen is not covered by my insurance. Please help me get this done as I don't see any other way to live a semi normal life. Thank you for taking the time to read this and god bless. The 20k goal was to cover the first projected expenses. With not knowing what the total cost will be, The goal amount will change. I look forward to paying forward all the kindness.