John Agger Cancer Treatment
In December 2011 John, was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer. He has one tumor in his pancreas and several that have moved into his liver. In our efforts to win the battle against cancer, we turned MD Anderson in Texas for treatment. As one of the two leading cancer centers in United States we were very hopeful that they would be able to successfully treat John. After trying different therapies, they don't believe chemo can help him. Throughout his treatment, we have adopted an organic, whole food diet and have researched the benefits of alternative holistic cancer therapies. After much thought and consideration, we feel that this is a viable option and now--as our oncologist confirmed this week, something we have suspected for awhile--our only option. As we narrow the field of choices, looking for the most suitable treatment for John's rare cancer, we are painfully aware of the expense of such treatments; especially because none of the expenses will be covered by insurance. Whether we can afford it or not doesn't matter, because how can you put a price on someone's life?
John is the father of three beautiful children who have their whole lives in front of them. Before receiving the diagnosis, John was healthy and active: we had no idea what kind of surprise was lurking beneath the surface. The impact on our family has been incredible and the thought of seeing his children grow up without him is heartbreaking.
John is currently serving Active Duty Air Force and recently returned home from deployment to Afghanistan. In fact, he was home for less than two months when he received the diagnosis. The joyfulness of his homecoming was cut short by the news that he was in for the fight of his life. John has given the Air Force 14 years of dedication. To serve this Nation, he has missed years of his two oldest boy's lives. So far, he missed most of our daughter's first year. This doesn't stop him from loving what he does and living to serve.
In the beginning of the treatment, we were told to expect to have to keep this up for a year, but as most of you know, we were optimistic that John would only need to travel for treatment every 6-8 weeks, based on some very good reports we have received recently. This type of schedule would cut our expenses quite a bit, leaving a time where all we need to pay for are his medications that he uses at home. We were hoping that the decline in tempo would allow us a break to get caught up on finances, but it looks like we will need to keep pressing for at least a few more months. This is ok, God is looking out for us and has provided for us thus far and I know that He will continue to provide what we need as we need it.
Please continue to pray for us. This treatment is hard on John and having the strength to face it every day is a personal challenge for him. He puts on a brave face, but don't be fooled, he's not having fun.
The financial impact of the latest news hasn't helped. It has prompted him to tell me a few times now that he should quit the program. While I can understand his concern and sometimes question myself how we can keep this up, quitting is not an option and I know that if it were me, he would never let me quit. It breaks my heart to hear him say it, because to quit the treatment is to give up on his life, this is a truth that we both know. I can't bear the thought of living without him. His life is worth every possession we have. Please pray that our faith and resolve remains strong.
Unfortunately, our finances have taken an unexpected hit this week and the money that would have paid for this month's visit will now be going to plumbing repairs. Each treatment session costs about $5000 and I am struggling to find the funds to absorb this.
Please share our link with anyone you believe is in a position to help John's cause. I see him growing stronger every day and feel so blessed to have been allowed this opportunity to beat a cancer that they told him would kill him. We are still appealing to Tricare in the hopes that perhaps they will cover even a small portion of the treatment, but that is a slow process and it doesn't look hopeful.
Thank you so much for all of your support and kind words.
Once again we would like to sincerely Thank everyone who has offered their support..We greatly appreciate your help. God Bless You All.
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