Eric Brown's Battle with Cancer
Eric has been battling Rectal Cancer since diagnosed through a routine colonoscopy on August 29, 2016. This is one of 3 major health issues in the past 5 years and it's taking a huge toll on him not only physically, but emotionally and financially.
He has been unable to work since mid-October 2016 and the timeline to return is around September or October 2017. He does not know if he will still have his current position due to FMLA running out. We have increased the goal of this campaign because we've found out that Eric may not have a job to go back to and disability is only covering a portion of his salary.
Eric was also diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called Antisynthetase Syndrome (abbreviated AsS) in 2013 that attacked his lungs and causes them to bleed. He is on long term medication for that and it's always a fear that it will become a problem again. The process started in 2012. This adds an unusual twist because every time he goes through a procedure we have to consult with his pulmonogist.
In 2015, four days before his wedding, he was coming down a ramp of a home he was inspecting and the ramp collapsed, rupturing his Achilles tendon. This has left him with a permanent disability.
To say the past 5 years has been a long haul is an understatement. Memories from years past. When we were able to get out and have fun with the kids ....
And today, waiting for his procedure to see why he's still in pain.
Hi. My name is Eric and I was recently diagnosed (Aug 2016) with colorectal cancer.
I have mounting medical bills and a lot of work missed.
I do have good health insurance through my work so my medical expenses should top out just under $7500 total for 2016 and 2017.
I am already missing a lot more work than I had originally anticipated due to treatments (chemo and radiation) five days a week. I have already used up all of my paid leave at work. I just had surgery(11/02/16) for complications due to the treatments. I have already missed about 3 weeks of work and will be off another 3 weeks recovering from this surgery. I have surgery scheduled for January to actually remove the cancer and will be off work for another 4-6 weeks.
The medical expenses and the lost pay are really adding up. Any help is greatly appreciated.
I know that God will get us through this and we ask for your continued prayers and support as we tackle this latest challenge.
Eric, Marissa and family
$0 our out of pocket expense for that chemo due to his health insurance.
$2,300. The cost of Eric's health insurance starting July 1st when we are responsible for the full payment.
This is why we have this fund set up. We anticipate needing close to $10,000 to cover insurance before he is able to get back to work.
Eric is starting to have some side effects this time so he's napping more and taking nausea meds. He is continuing his daily FB Live walks. He'd love to have more interaction there. It's a goofy rambling conversation, and most of the time his sidekick Gracie is with him.
Look for news on another fundraiser happening in March soon. Think Spaghetti!
Thanks for your continued prayers and support. As always, we ask that you share his journey with your family and friends and remember, every little bit helps.
We are looking into doing some fundraisers in March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Plans will be announced here.
Started with a follow-up appt at 10 am with Dr. Whiteford, Eric's surgeon. Recovery from the surgery is going well. The anal fissure continues to be slow to heal and is the source of tremendous pain. We will be starting up a new compounded lotion to see if this helps. We will return in 6 weeks to see if there is improvement.
Eric starts his chemo again on Feb. 14, it's again oral pills. He will be taking them twice a day for 14 days - off for 7 and repeated for a total of 6 rounds. IF the fissure heals, we anticipate surgery to reverse the Ileostomy sometime in late July or August with a possible return to work in September. If it doesn't heal, well we will decide at that time.
After this we went to visit his office. Again a very uplifting time for him. He really misses his co-workers and it was clear that they miss him as well. We are fortunate that he has great health insurance and disability through them. The County is making their payments on his insurance still so we wrote a check for just over $1100 to pay our portion through June. At that time though, we owe $2300 a month until he returns to work.
After that we drove across Vancouver to see Eric's parents. We visited for about 45 min and needed to get on the road. We made it back home just at 5 pm.
We were blessed with 2 donations yesterday. Thanks to those that have donated and shared. Please continue to pray for literal healing. Continue to share this story, and please... #GetScoped if you are over 50 and haven't done so.
We all agreed that regardless of how we are feeling, we have to thank GOD that there have been such amazing advances in medicine and that we even have the treatment options today that we do.
We also agreed that faith in God and positive thinking DO make a difference! I am positive we will see them BOTH come out victorious in the coming months!
One of the things she said is that she never really paid attention to these fundraisers until she realized she would need help. Now she understands the importance of even a $10 donation. Lots of $10 donations can help pay bills, and there are bills piling up.
Please again share this to your friends, family, church networks, business networks ... anywhere someone may see it and consider helping.
Much appreciated and God Bless.