Funds for Cancer Treatment & Care

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My name is Carine and I am raising money for the cancer treatment and the care for my husband Steven. A year and a half ago, doctors discovered a tumour in my husband's throat, which was the cause of his incessant and agonizing pain.  He was later diagnosed with an aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma which has impeded his ability to do basic things such as caring for himself, sleeping, eating and has reduced his voice to a faint whisper when he is able to speak, which isn't often. Steven went through standard medical treatments (which were intense and unsuccessful) and his condition rapidly declined afterward. He went from being able to take himself to his many medical appointments and being able to nourish himself with a variety of foods, to being bed-ridden, emaciated and barely able to ingest food in liquid form. He is now at a point where he requires round the clock care, which includes the administration of food and medicine and other personal support. We have two children still in school -one in elementary and the other in high school.  Both are avidly involved in community activities and are struggling with their dad's inability to volunteer, attend and drive them to their events.   With my husband's declining health, I'm struggling with working full-time to support the family while attending to his needs as his primary caregiver. Due to the failed results of standard cancer treatment, we have sought alternatives to fight this disease and getting him to a cancer clinic.This is to address the recurrent cancer issue as well as eliminate future cancers by rebuilding the systems that were compromised during radiation. However, there are a lot of expenses incurred when undergoing alternative treatments and there are limited to no coverage for these costs.  Therefore, we have had to sacrifice and pay for these alternative treatments out of pocket. Added to these expenses are nursing care and personal support worker costs, commuting expenses (to and from treatments), medical supplies and living expenses. We are seeking your generosity as Steven is fighting and looking forward to winning this battle, not only for him, and for me, but for his young children and our entire family. We thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide.
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Dear Friends,

The Somersall family thanks you all for your love and support during this incredibly difficult season of their lives. We wanted to let you all know that early this morning Steven passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.

We ask for your continued prayers and support during this time for the family. We will be sure to send details of the funeral arrangements to all of you. If you would like to contribute to the family, please do so.

Thank you, to each and every one of you.

- On behalf of the Somersall family.

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Hi everyone, a lot of you have been reaching out to ask for some news and to provide your support; we appreciate it tremendously.
Since today is Steven's birthday, we thought of providing you a quick update.

One of the best gift we have is the gift of life: Steven is still alive and more determined than ever to beat this disease as he continues to go through some therapies.
We are putting our trust in God almighty through this process and looking forward to a victorious outcome.
I thank God and all of you who have been key in providing all sort of assistance and comfort to our family.

Thank you for your continuous prayers and support.
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Just a couple of days after being discharged from the hospital due to the infection, further tests and assessments were requested by the doctors to explore the possibility of a more drastic measure with a laryngectomy and pharyngectomy. As a result, Steven was re-admitted to the hospital for the 3rd time in just a few weeks. After undergoing a series of tests and exams, we were advised that the surgery could not take place due to the high risk as they had deemed that Steven was "not a good candidate" for the operation.
However, we are not giving up and continue to believe in his healing while pursuing alternative therapy.
As hard as this journey has been, we have faith that Steven will beat this disease and fully recover.
Thank you for your prayers, words of encouragement and for your continuous support.
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Steven was re-admitted to the hospital after a trip to the emergency. He was unable to breath due to an infection he caught shortly after he got discharged from the hospital to recover from the recent surgical procedures.
He was diagnosed with a Community Acquired Pneumonia and is now under another treatment regiment to resolve it.
He is doing his best to get over it and get back home, however it is a slow and painful process.
Thanks for your continuous support and your prayers.
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