JR Cook: Stage 4 Colon Cancer Expenses
My name is JR (John R) Cook and was just diagnosed on Nov. 13th 2012 with Stage 4 Colon Cancer and without treatments I was given 6 months to live. I am a 34 year old hard working, self-employed person that has had no other health issues in my lifetime other than taking my tonsils out. I am writing this message humbbled by a disease that has almost stoppped my life dead in its tracks. I am the type of person that gets up and heads off to work when the sun is coming up and returns home from work when the sun is going down and am proud of the work accomplished that day, but all that has changed. There are millions of people in the world with Cancer and all sort of cancer, but when the doctor looks at you and his face drops and he has to give you the diagnoses of Cancer you would never in a million years think that it would happen to you. I have been told doctors don't even scan for this type of cancer till you reach the ripe old age of 50 and the pure simple fact that I am 34 years old baffles the medical crowd. Right now I am looking at a minimum of 6 months of Chemo-therapy which includes 12 actual treatments and possible surgery after treatments, if the Cancer has been reduced enough from treatment to even consider surgery. Each treatment puts me down for a week at a time, and this is only known because I just completed treatment #1 on Dec. 11th 2012. I have never reached out for help like this before and I am quite embarrassed to have too. Times are tough for all of us and anything donated would be greatly appreciated, even if its a phone call or email saying we are praying for you. We are trying to work as much as possible to offset simple living/medical expenses, but as everyone knows those bills tend to out weigh your best efforts. Again I first thank you for even looking at my page and if you do donate, please know that anything that is collected will be for medical and plain living expenses, secondly please know that I will beat this disease and I will be around to thank every person that donates or emails or calls. I have been told that I am a strong young man with a great attitude, strong family and friends behind me. Doctors say that this is half the healing process, the other half is unfortunately treatment. There is a goal amount on my page, I didn't want to put a figure on this but to complete the page a number has to be entered. Anything from a dollar is greatly appreciated and there is only one goal, REMISSION and beating this cancer.