Russ's medical fund
On September 26th 2016 Merely 2 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma (cancer). Since this process has began I have had a needle biopseys in my neck and several radioactive body scans at $1500 a pop.
In Preperation for my inevitable Chemotherapy treatment. I have had 7 fillings and 1 root canal in one trip to the dentist . 4 days later as I sit writing this I am recovering from this mornings removal of all four of my wisdom teeth.
Looking ahead I have many other tests and procedures to prepare me for a Chemotherapy treatment plan. Due to the rigors and duration of this treanment plan I have missed out on the opportunty of a lifetime professionally and will be unable to work through out this process. Medical bills and general life exspenses are
rapidly building up.
My name is Russell Wiginton. I refuse to give up and I will fight this with everything I have. Along with the unlbelievible love and support of my family and friends.
If you have read this and are intersted in helping me fight this disease I would be Incredibly thankfull for any donation or support you have to offer.
Thank You All! God Bless!
I can’t thank you enough for your kind words and donations. Russ and I are truly blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.
Russ and I are doing our best to finish this fight. I’m happy to announce that Russ finished his Bone Marrow Transplant and is now in the recovery stage. During the Bone Marrow Transplant he had to do two chemo’s a day for 6 days. Once he finished chemo he had to wait 24hours to get his stem cells back. It took about two days to finish the stem cell process. After that, Russ remained in the hospital for another week. Overall the process took 3 weeks to complete.
The bone marrow process was the hardest thing that Russ had to endure but he was such a trooper during the whole thing. I’m so proud of him and I admire his strength. ♥️
As on now, Russ and I are now staying at the Hope Lodge. We’re hoping to be released soon so Russ can finish his recovery in the comfort of our home.
Thank you again for your love and support! We couldn’t do this without you!!!
Russ & Rebecca Wiginton
I want to start off by saying thank you to everything that has donated, shared the campaign and has reached out to us. We greatly appreciate the love and support!
Today is day 3. Russ was admitted to Moffitt Cancer Center on Friday Feb 15. On Friday he started his first chemo treatment. Russ will be doing chemo twice a day for a total of 7 days. Once in the morning and once at night. Once he’s completed the chemotherapy. They’ll have wait 24hours before moving forward with his bone marrow transplant.
As of today, Russ is in good spirits. He’s tired and Nauseous but overall hanging in there.
I will do my best to keep Russ’s progress up to date!!
Thank you for your support!!!
re-diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was just shy of being 1 year cancer free.
During the months of Oct-Dec2018, Russ did a different chemo called “ICE”. Russ had to do this chemo 3 days in a row for every three weeks. Once Russ completed Chemo they told us that we needed to prepare for a Bone Marrow Transplant. We’re told that this transplant is our best chance at a cure.
Russ has just completed apheresis (a procedure requiring bone marrow boosting shots and a machine to filter stem cells from his blood).
Russ will be hospitalized for 3-4 weeks at the Moffit Cancer Center on Friday February 15th to begin a 7 day chemotherapy regiment followed by a stem cell transplant. After this he will be monitored for the following weeks as the stem cells engraft to his bone marrow and essentially will need a full time caregiver (myself). During his time of recovery I’m unable to get any benefits from my insurance.
Due to pre existing condition requirements it is possible that Russ will not be able to receive any disability benefits. This will severely strain our ability to make ends meet and get through this. Russ and I have tried our best to get through this finically but things have changed and we’re unable to keep up with our bills. If there’s any chance you can help out, any donation will be appreciated. If your unable to contribute then prayers are always welcomed. ♥️
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers!
I just want to give a quick update and apologize for the lack of updates. A lot has been going on since my last post. After Russ finished his last chemo session they were ready for him to start radiation. Before they could start they needed to wait 2 weeks to have the chemo out of his system. After 2 weeks went by they did a scan to detect all the lymph nods that were affected by the cancer. The results showed that 3 out of the 4 lymph nods were clear. On Russ's neck there was a large lymph nod that was still showing cancer. The doctor's were concerned about the lymph nod in his neck, so they decided to take it out. They noticed that the lymph nod actually grew so they removed it so it could be tested. They wanted to make sure it wasn't a new cancer. Once they removed the lymph nod we had to wait about a week or so for the results. At first they were telling us that it could be T cell lymphoma which is a rapid blood cancer. We were terrified that this may be the case. The doctor explained to us that if it was T cell lymphoma then that could mean a bone marrow transplant. After all that we finally got an answer and they told us it was still hodgekins lymphoma. For us that was a good thing because that meant he was not doing a bone marrow transplant. Once that was figured out Russ did radiation Monday-Friday for 4 weeks. Russ has now completed a months worth of radiation. As of now we have to wait a few months before he can get another scan. This next scan will hopefully show that he is cancer free!!! Russ and I will keep you posted on that next scan. Russ and I greatly appreciate all the love and support of our family and friends!! We also want to thank everyone for following our story and keeping us in your prayers.
Thank you again!!!