Dad Lost his Battle with Lymphoma

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Raised by 134 people in 28 months
Sarah DeGroat
on behalf of Patti DeGroat
 PORT JERVIS, NY
My father, James DeGroat, has been battling Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma since September 17th. On his birthday, September 26th, he was put in the hospital; where he stayed for 9 days. We were relieved when he was released Sunday October 4th; only to see him back in the ER just 4 days later. Bon Secours determined he needed to go to Westchester ER where he was treated and admitted for further care and testing. 

He was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. He had to have his spleen removed and shortly after due to an air bubble and perforation, he had to have part of his intestines removed.  The pathology report shows that the cancer has spread to his intestines and that is what caused the perforation.

He was battling a yeast infection from an antibiotic that was given to him. 

His heart stopped for 10 minutes due to mucus blocking his throat, thus depriving him of oxygen and he had to be revived. He was on a respirator with a suction tube and a feeding tube as well. 

The cancer spread further in his intestines and to his lymph nodes. He was still unable to keep his airways open on his own. Soon his lactic acid levels were elevated. And from being in the hospital for so long, he got pneumonia. 

It was a family decision, based on previos talks with my father before he even became ill, to let him go. The official cause of death is Respiratory Failure due to Complications from Lymphoma. 

Two months ago, none of us ever would have thought it would come to this. But daddy went peacefully and painlessly surrounded by the people who loved him most. 

My mom is now left with medical bills from the 51 days he was hospitalized and with the bills to keep their home.

If you can find it in your heart to help, we thank you.

Thank you to our supportive and caring friends.
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Celebrate the Life of My Dad, James DeGroat. His Memorial is at the Erie Trackside, Saturday December 5th at 1pm. Everyone is invited to attend. Please let me, my sister Nikkole, or my mom know if you're can make it.
Thank you all so much.
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Two months ago, none of us ever would have thought it would come to this. But daddy went peacefully and painlessly surrounded by the people who loved him most. 

My mom is now left with medical bills from the 51 days he was hospitalized and with the bills to keep their home.
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As of now, the doctor's are not hopeful. With his lactic acid levels being so high and multiple organs not properly functioning, prognosis is not good. It will take a miracle to undo all of the damage done to his body. As strong as dad's will is to stay and fight, his body is too weak and can't take much more.
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As its been with James for awhile now, he has good days and bad days.
Yesterday was so good because he was awake most of the day and knew I was there with him as I've been since day 1.
Today is one of the bad days with more bad news. Because of his sepsis, and his kidneys slowly failing, he now has a problem with something called lactic acid. The numbers are high and it's not a good sign.
It could turn around and he could get through this. That's what I'm holding on to. I don't want to think of anything else right now.
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James C DeGroat
28 months ago
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Thank You to Everyone . I continue to fight to return to my days of healthiness

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Patti Jennings DeGroat
28 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your generous contribution. James and I are very grateful to each and everyone of you for your support throughout all of this.

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Chad MrFantastic Clifford
28 months ago
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Thinking about you brohime. Get well already.

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James C DeGroat
28 months ago
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Patti and I have always worked hard to live our lives, to be in such need is new and humbling I truly appreciate this so much Love , James Please continue to Pray for answers to what has attacked my body and taken my health.

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Dean Willis
28 months ago
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Everyday looken forward to hearing some encouraging news, think of you and pray for you everyday...get well soon

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Dean Willis
28 months ago
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Prayers n thoughts of u everyday cuz, while your my cousin ur more like a brother to me,, only closer...I pray u get well soon, to return to ur family, and I hope to c u soon,,, love you

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Stacey Granger
28 months ago
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Healing prayers and thoughts for your Dad.

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JW
Josie Willis
28 months ago
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I WANT PATTI DeGroat to know that we will do & give all we can ♡

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JW
Josie Willis
28 months ago
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Please know everyone in the DeGroat family,how we are praying on James behalf, that he will get well & be back with his family soon ♡

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Jerry Lee Woodrow Chastain Sr.
28 months ago
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Teddy and those of you I know signed Anonymous Thank You for showing Love to April by helping her Brothers Family .You can see how quickly even 5.oo adds up

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Patti Jennings DeGroat
28 months ago
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Thank you all so much. We are very grateful to everyone. You are all very kind.

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Nikkole DeGroat
28 months ago
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It is amazing to see how quickly people jumped to donate in any way and help our family out! We are beyond grateful and there hair aren't any words for how thankful we are to everyone for donating and continuing to pray for our father! He is a wonderful man, a loving husband and an amazing dad! Thank you so much to all!

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Kathy Belcher Possemato
27 months ago

Praying for you to get well and get back to being you. Think about you everyday and keeping faith that you will be home soon❤

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Mary Stempert
27 months ago

POSITIVE PRAYERS ,THOUGHTS WITH TONS OF ENERGY ..... JAMES YOU CAN DO THIS ... WIN THIS BATTLE!

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Mary Stempert
28 months ago

James ,Positive Thoughts,Prayers with tons of Energy and everyone knows you will win this battle!! kick Butt !!

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Jim Chandler
28 months ago

Any updates? How is James?

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Nancy Decker
28 months ago

We hope your dad is doing better!

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Valari Biccum
27 months ago
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Although I did not personally know James, many of my FB friends did and followed his battle via many of his loving friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope happy memories replace tears soon.

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Deborah Reiss
27 months ago
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Sending love and healing prayers to you, Patti, and to your family. So so sorry for your loss.

JS
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Jamie Saragusa
27 months ago
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Sending you good vibes and positive energy, get well quickly

MH
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Margie Hulit
27 months ago
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Patti, I have no idea how this came across in my news feed, but it did. I was so saddened to read about James. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending prayers your way that you can find some comfort in knowing James will not have any more pain. Hugs, Margie

PC
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Patricia Czubak
27 months ago
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Friends with Crystal Rudy Boby and I know all to well the stress both mentally and financially a prolonged illness can be. Your husband James and your entire family are in my prayers.

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Anonymous
27 months ago
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Heather Matta
27 months ago
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i am always praying you guys have been friends of the family for many years stay strong and pray!!!!

James C DeGroat
28 months ago
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Thank You to Everyone . I continue to fight to return to my days of healthiness

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Patti Jennings DeGroat
28 months ago
3
3

Thank you everyone for your generous contribution. James and I are very grateful to each and everyone of you for your support throughout all of this.

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Chad MrFantastic Clifford
28 months ago
3
3

Thinking about you brohime. Get well already.

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James C DeGroat
28 months ago
3
3

Patti and I have always worked hard to live our lives, to be in such need is new and humbling I truly appreciate this so much Love , James Please continue to Pray for answers to what has attacked my body and taken my health.

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Dean Willis
28 months ago
2
2

Everyday looken forward to hearing some encouraging news, think of you and pray for you everyday...get well soon

+ Read More
Dean Willis
28 months ago
2
2

Prayers n thoughts of u everyday cuz, while your my cousin ur more like a brother to me,, only closer...I pray u get well soon, to return to ur family, and I hope to c u soon,,, love you

+ Read More
Stacey Granger
28 months ago
1
1

Healing prayers and thoughts for your Dad.

+ Read More
JW
Josie Willis
28 months ago
1
1

I WANT PATTI DeGroat to know that we will do & give all we can ♡

+ Read More
JW
Josie Willis
28 months ago
1
1

Please know everyone in the DeGroat family,how we are praying on James behalf, that he will get well & be back with his family soon ♡

+ Read More
Jerry Lee Woodrow Chastain Sr.
28 months ago
1
1

Teddy and those of you I know signed Anonymous Thank You for showing Love to April by helping her Brothers Family .You can see how quickly even 5.oo adds up

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Patti Jennings DeGroat
28 months ago
1
1

Thank you all so much. We are very grateful to everyone. You are all very kind.

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Nikkole DeGroat
28 months ago
1
1

It is amazing to see how quickly people jumped to donate in any way and help our family out! We are beyond grateful and there hair aren't any words for how thankful we are to everyone for donating and continuing to pray for our father! He is a wonderful man, a loving husband and an amazing dad! Thank you so much to all!

+ Read More
Kathy Belcher Possemato
27 months ago

Praying for you to get well and get back to being you. Think about you everyday and keeping faith that you will be home soon❤

+ Read More
Mary Stempert
27 months ago

POSITIVE PRAYERS ,THOUGHTS WITH TONS OF ENERGY ..... JAMES YOU CAN DO THIS ... WIN THIS BATTLE!

+ Read More
Mary Stempert
28 months ago

James ,Positive Thoughts,Prayers with tons of Energy and everyone knows you will win this battle!! kick Butt !!

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Jim Chandler
28 months ago

Any updates? How is James?

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Nancy Decker
28 months ago

We hope your dad is doing better!

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