Paulie's Cancer Medical Fund
My stepdad Paulie is one of the funniest and carrying people I have ever met. He is always laughing and making everyone else around him laugh.
About 7 years ago he became very ill, the doctors discovered a bacteria that had spread all over his body blocking his heart valves completely resulting in him having to had mechanical valves put in their place. Whilst recovering from this surgery his leg started to hurt immensely and when he went back to the hospital the doctors discovered that the bacteria had spread around the veins of his right leg and making the blood coagulate inside the veins. Which meant another surgery this time cutting his leg open from knee to groin to put a double bypass in.
Paul has never been able to walk properly again, getting tired very easily and in a lot of pain.
This Christmas he became very ill, very tired and debilitated. We feared that the bacteria had returned and when one night he woke up in agonising stomach pain my mum rushed him to the ER and he stayed in hospital for 2 weeks. Unfortunately not only were we right in thinking that the bacteria had returned, he also had a stomach ulcer which had bursted thus the pain, his heart was failing, he was loosing a lot of blood and had anaemia, but and if that wasn’t enough, worst of all Paulie was diagnosed with stage 3 Follicular Lymphoma.
As always he took it like a champion and very positively said ‘It’s ok, I have cancer and I will beat this thing!’. For the most part his positivity and strength is what keep all of us strong.
After his PET Scan, he then had an appointment with his oncologist Friday the 29th January to have his first Chemo session. Unfortunately due to his heart condition and anaemia, he will be unable to start chemo before they put a defibrillator in his heart, raising his blood levels to normal, getting rid off the anaemia and killing the bacteria. Which means at least 2 more months postponing the start of the treatment.
Latter in the month of March he will have to do another biopsy and PET Scan, and only then will we find out what sort of treatment he will receive. For now Paulie is still strong minded, going to work everyday trying very hard to live life as normal as he possibly can and his body allows.
As you can imagine health care in the US even though great is very expensive and insurance doesn’t cover everything. On hospital and medication bills he already has to pay $8500 which insurance doesn't cover!
I’m here today asking for your help. The last thing you want to worry about when you are very ill or like my mum, taking care of someone very ill, is money. If we could all come together and make their burden a little smaller I’m sure we would be making their lives less painful. Give whatever you can, no amount is too small. Help Paulie fight cancer!
Thank you so much for your love and friendship,
Paulie just got his results for the PET Scan he did on Friday and the cancer is in remission!
Isn't this man's strength absolutely phenomenal?
There's still some more steps to climb, there will now be three major chemotherapy treatments and in September Paulie will finally have the much awaited heart surgery to put the difibrilator on.
After the operation and recovery, he will receive two years of preventive chemo (1 treatment every three months).
We want to take a moment and to congratulate this man for his enthusiasm and resilience, but also to acknowledge that he/we couldn't have done it without you. So thank you all so much for your support.
We are still aiming for the 15k which will help towards the surgery in September and the renting of the temporary heart monitor Paulie uses everyday. So if you can, please help us one more time by spreading the word.
Lots of love,
Nuno and Sofia
First of all thank you ever so much for all your help so far. You have no idea how humbled we all are. Though it doesn't cure Paulie's cancer it sure helps him so so much going through this and fighting this battle.
With the news we got today we can anticipate a long journey ahead and this is only the beginning, which is fantastic because it means he'll be around making us laugh for a long time, but it also means more medical bills to be expected thus as suggested by GoFundMe we have increased the goal amount. We obviously don't expect you to donate more money (your help as already been so appreciated) but if you could at least pass the word on to your friends and families we would be really very grateful.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts,
Sofia and Nuno
So here's the latest update.
Today Paulie had an appointment with the oncologist and we found out that he'll start chemo on April 7.
He'll have Bendamustine Rituxan chemo for 2 days every 3 weeks for the next 6 months. After 4 months he'll do another PET Scan to check how the treatment is working.
Unfortunately Paulie's cancer is not curable so after the first 6 months of chemo they will move to a preventive treatment for 2 years.
As for his heart we will only find out if he can receive the defibrillator after 6 months of chemo to assess how his heart will take it.
All of this comes with extra risks due to his heart problems and the side effects of chemo will be harder to manage than if he was otherwise healthy, but Paulie is strong and with a little help from his friends he'll live for many years to come.
Thank you for reading and for all your support so far,
Sofia and Nuno
Thank you ever so much for your help so far. Just a quick update on Paulie's journey:
From the 18th Paulie will be doing a series of new tests including PET Scan and an H Pylori test among others to determine the state of the ulcer and to confirm the stage of cancer, to see if it hasn't spread further. On the 30th we will finally find out which sort of treatment Paulie can receive and where to go from there.
Keep your thoughts with him this month and may April be a month of celebration.
Nuno and Sofia