Most of you know Shaun Youth as a fun-loving audio engineering teacher who loves to joke and knows every Pro Tools quick key in existence. He has made a huge impact on any person who has been lucky enough to know him.
On February 16th Shaun was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer affecting the lymph system. This came as a shock to everyone since Shaun is an extremely healthy, active person.
After several invasive tests to determine the staging and the best treatment, it was determined that 4-6 months of chemotherapy would be needed.
Not wanting to fill his body with toxic chemicals, he wanted to try a natural approach first. After much research, we came across a therapy using fresh pressed juices, organic foods, a surplus of supplements, and a daily detox regiment.
After six months on this therapy, Shaun felt healthier than ever and his swollen lymph nodes seems to be getting smaller. Unfortunately our bank accounts were not looking as healthy. We were broke and falling behind on bills and our school savings had been depleted.
We decided that Shaun would need to go the conventional route: chemo. Shaun had his first chemo treatment on October 26th.
Unfortunately the conventional route is not turning out to be any cheaper. You don't realize that insurance doesn't cover everything until something drastic happens to your health.
While the doctors said most people are able to work while on chemo, Shaun can barely get out of bed most days. His white blood cell count is too low to be around people. He is unable to work and may be out of work for several months.
We are living on my income alone. Anyone who lives in our area knows how difficult it is to live in a single income home. We are several months behind on bills with the addition of the growing medical debt. We are making several trips a week to the doctor (an hour each way) having to pay the high gas prices, co-pays, and parking fees (no validation). Plus purchasing many prescription medications and high dose supplements.
We are the kind of people who rarely ask for help but don't know where else to turn. We both have family members who are already paying for their own medical conditions or crisises.
Shaun misses teaching, engineering, and most of all seeing his students every day. Please help us by making a donation so Shaun can recover and get back to what he loves doing.