Symington family fighting Leukemia

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Raised by 34 people in 32 months
I will try to make this as short and sweet as possible but there is only one way to put this so that its understood. A good friend of mine Shawn Symington and her family are going through that one thing that we all fear, being told that someone that means the world to you may die much sooner than you thought due to CANCER. Many of you may know or recognize Shawn from being a long time resident of Plaquemine Parish and has been  working at Balestra's  for the past 11 years. Her husband James has worked as a diesel mechanic for quite some time now and has always been very good at what he does, even though work kept him away from home quite a bit he did what he had to do for his family. When James was home he would spend as much time with his wife and two young sons, Jaison 11, who attends Belle Chasse middle and Tristan 10, who attends Belle Chasse Primary, as possible. His boys are always so happy to see their daddy and both look up to him tremendously. James has always been a kind man doing what he can for anyone that is in need, family, friend or even a stranger. That’s why when he fell ill it was so hard on everyone that knows him. Initially James went to the Doctor to have his knee checked for unbearable pain, first he was told it was stemming from his back. Then came all the testing! Scans and poking and prodding and they found nothing. His Doctor decided to do a bone density scan on him, which required labs and basic surgery prep. Still waiting for the approval for the scan , one morning James woke up to his wife asking him if he maybe fell out of the bed or smacked his head during the night because he had a pretty big gash on his head and was bleeding. James didn’t recall falling or hurting himself, so it was assumed he just did it in his sleep. Well the days following James developed several more of these mysterious spots on his body which were painful and bleeding. Assuming it was a case of the shingles he headed to his Doctor to have it checked out. THAT DAY THEIR LIFE CHANGED! Once they arrived at the office the Doctor informed them that his bloodwork came back with some scary results and his white blood count was triple what it should be and that could only mean one thing, Leukemia. James was admitted that day into Tulane and put into isolation because at this point they were not sure what type of leukemia it was and if he did in fact have shingles or if it was a result of the cancer. It took about a week of being in the hospital before they knew for sur what type of Leukemia he has which is CML (Chronic myeloid leukemia), on a grading scale it’s one of the worst kind, not that any are a good kind but it’s a very rare and aggressive type of Leukemia. He was in what they call blast phase which is extremely bad, come to find out that sores he has all over his body were NOT shingles but a result of the leukemia. It was basically causing his blood platelets to burst which was causing bruising and sores all over his body. They instantly started Chemo and he had to say in the hospital for 37 days, which of course led to several more long stays. Time away from his children and work and Time his wife had to take off of work. Since being diagnosed James has tried his best to continue to work, be it from home or just lite duty in the office but now that is no longer an option. Starting in October he will no longer have his job and will lose his benefits as well as his insurance. He’s been in and out of the hospital so much I’ve lost count. Every time he’s gotten a chemo treatment he ends up in the hospital for one reason or another due to his depleted nonexistent immune system. His last treatment he ended up catching a nasty intestinal infection and that was yet another week in the hospital for antibiotics. He will be needing to go through a stem cell transplant very soon and when that happens his wife will need to be with him as much as possible. He will not be allowed to be around pets or children under the age of 14, which means he will not see his boys for 100 days if everything goes well. The little income Shawn will be bringing in will barley be enough to feed them let alone pay the bills to keep their home and vehicle.  This is a very humble family and I have seen both Shawn and James go above and beyond to help others in need and now it’s their turn to be the ones in need.  This has been a very rough year for this family with Shawn suddenly losing her brother T.J. last month and literally fighting for James’s life, trying to keep it together and raising 2 young boys I’m just not sure how she does it. I know that if we can ban together and give them one less thing to worry about, one less heart ache, make things go just a little bit smoother it may be just a little donation out of your pocket but it would make the world of difference for them.
BELOW IS A LINK WITH A VIDEO, it explains they type of cancer they are dealing with
http://www.cancercenter.com/leukemia/types/tab/chronic-myeloid-leukemia/




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We got the unfortunate and Gutrinching news that James will not be with his family much longer. The Dr informed his family that there is not much else that can be done but try to give him comfort, he is no longer responding to the chemotherapy. He is now at home with his family and will soon be going to heaven. This GO fund me was originally set up to help pay their daily bills but now its needed to help with funeral cost as well. Any Lil bit helps, thanks and please continue to pray for and keep the Symington Family in your thoughts during this devastating time.

Message from Shawn Marie Symington
I have been smacked in the face with the reality that James is not going to get any better. We were sent home with Hospice care yesterday. I am now faced with the fact of having to face this world without him in the future. This account was created to help us pay bills which it has helped to an extent. We are still in need of financial assistance. I hate having to ask for this kind of help but I have no other choice at this point. To everyone who has donated, said prayers, shared our story, called & texted THANK YOU! I love each & everyone of you.

#LEUKEMIASUCKS
#ALLCANCERSSUCK
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So after being told that the insurance company had James' case under further review for admittance, the nurse practitioner got on the phone with the company & started trying to get something done, all while the doctor was trying to figure something out as well. Well in the midst of being smacked in the face with the results of the biopsy & trying to get him admitted, when labs were drawn they forgot to check his calcium level, which needed to he done due him being admitted last week for it being HIGH! They decided to send us to the ER because it was after hours & the doctor put an order in, which was waiting for us when we got there. So we spent the night in the ER. Well guess what his calcium level was just as high as it was last week when he was admitted. So, he was admitted last night/ this morning. They have already put the orders in for a port to be put in so that they can start chemo. As you can tell the doctors & staff were DETERMINED!

As of now we are relying on the donations that are being made to our family to pay what bills we can. We don't like having to ask for this type of help but at this point WE DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE! We are HOPING & PRAYING to hear something from disability soon! Thank you to everyone who has made a donation, shared our story, said prayers, called, and/or any other thing that has helped.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR JAMES & OUR FAMILY during this fight of a life! Pray that we can get this into remission & a stem cell transplant shortly after that. Pray that the stem cell transplant takes & cutes him/puts him in long term remission for many, many, many years to come.

#LEUKEMIASUCKS
#ALLCANCERSSUCK
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So our world was flipped back upside down this morning. We were I formed that James' leukemia has come out of remission. They wanted to admit him today but of course they are going back & forth with the insurance company to get it approved & waiting on a bed to come available. They checked his labs to make sure everything was safe for him to come home & wait for them to call us tomorrow. He will be put back in the hospital & receive more chemo. The doctor is treating it aggressively & hopefully we will move to transplant rather quickly once we can. We are still waiting on approval from disability so as of now we are depending on whatever donations are made to us to help financially. Thank you all for the support & prayers. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR JAMES & OUR FAMILY AS JAMES IS IN THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE.
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We are having a fundraiser for the Symington Family to help them fight Leukemia. It's on Tuesday October 11th 5-9pm at Lazer tag of Metairie. For $20 you get unlimited Lazer Tag, unlimited bumper cars and unlimited arcade games. All purchases made including food will go towards the family. I know it's a school night but we could all use a break now and then. Come on over and have dinner and some fun for a good cause. Hope to see you there! 8855 Veterans Blvd Metairie LA 70003.
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Raised by 34 people in 32 months
Created September 28, 2016
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VR
$100
Vince Rumore
28 months ago
$10
Anonymous
28 months ago
$100
Anonymous
28 months ago
$100
Michelle Baralt
28 months ago
PP
$25
Patricia Primm
28 months ago
$10
Susan Hurley
28 months ago
$10
Jeni Welsh
28 months ago
$400
Anonymous
29 months ago
TG
$20
torita and crystal guthrie
29 months ago

Love you Shawn and we are always praying!

$50
Heather AndFamily
29 months ago

Prayers for your family.

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