Hello, my name is Augusto "Goose" Perez; I am a Stage IV cancer patient. I am fighting High Grade Soft Tissue Sarcoma. I'd like to share my story with you. It all started as early in the year 2000. A newlywed married for just one year when I should have been celebrating my first wedding anniversary with my wife I received a call from my doctor to come see him. It was then that I was first diagnosed with High Grade Soft Tissue Sarcoma at age 27. That year I lost 70% of my quad muscles on my left leg; I went thru major surgery, internal and external radiation and had to learn how to walk again.
The cancer metastasized to my lymph nodes in 2002 and I underwent major surgery, another 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. My survival rate was less than 30% at the time. The tumors returned the following year and lost my leg at the hip in July 2003 trying to save my life or at least prolong it.
In 2004 almost to date of my amputation my wife gave birth to a boy and girl twins......It seemed for now we were holding cancer at bay .
Since my surgery I suffer from 24/7 severe phantom and nerve pain that neither pain medications or injections have been able to solve. I knew this couldn't be the end for me and that there had to be more for me to accomplish. To aid in the taming of my pain I've taken up Paralympic sports. I have been honored to be on the US Paralympic Team in Torino and Vancouver and hopefully next year in Sochi Russia. In addition I try to give back where I can by talking to pediatric cancer patients at the hospital as well as other cancer and amputee patients to help them pull through.
Last year in August I passed my check up with flying colors....I was 9 years out with no sign of the cancer returning. But in October of 2012 I went on a routine visit to the oncologist to ask to have some internal staples removed and immediately I was sent to receive an MRI followed up with a biopsy. Once again I was diagnosed with cancer for the 4th time.
This time around the cancer had metastasized. I am currently in Stage IV of High Grade Soft Tissue Sarcoma, an extremely rare and aggressive type of cancer. There is no cure for me; right now it is a waiting game....my cancer does not do well at all with chemotherapy nor radiation. As it stands the only option is to take an aggressive approach of removing what we find until the doctors can't remove anymore.... In a glimpse of hope I am working to inquire about the possibility to be a part of a clinical trial for an upcoming chemotherapy drug.
While I was able to little by little pay of all my old medical bills this time around I have my wife and children to worry about for the future My wife had to stop working to take care of me during all my cancer battles and take care of the twins. I am asking for monetary gifts to help us pay the piling medical bills, making adjustments to my house so I can move around better on my wheelchair, and fixing my lift chair to the basement. Ideally I would like to pay off as much of my mortgage before I go so my family is not left behind with lots of bills. In addition, I would like to continue training for the Sochi Paralympic Games planned for next year. This training helps to keep me healthy for a better response to the cancer fight and does great wonders for my spirit. One of my favorite pastimes is to spend time during Christmas when all possible at the hospital bringing goodies to the kids with cancer there to brighten their day if even for a little bit. I know how tough it is to be sick and at the hospital and I do what I can to ease their stay.The healthier I can stay the better I can fight cancer back.
To learn more about me, my story, and the type of cancer I have here is a link for an article I wrote for US AntiDoping www.truesport.org/about/ambassadors/august-goose-perez/cancer-warrior
I will be updating as much as possible.
Please help me and my family to minimize the damage cancer does emotionally, physically and financially.
You can follow my progress in health and sport on my public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GooseCancerWarrior
From the bottom of our hearts