Tom's Fight Against Bladder Cancer
Tom Biscoglio is fighting stage 4 bladder cancer. He is a 37 year old veteran from Saugerties that served 10 years in the United States Air Force. Tom's fight began in 2014, when a tumor that was three-quarters the size of his bladder was found. That year, after getting a job as a technician at Colonial Subaru, he was out of work for 11 months undergoing surgeries and treatments. Over the course of the past 4 years, he's fought hard, determined not to let the cancer outgrow his love of life. In 2017, the cancer spread to his kidney, which was removed, followed by 27 more rounds of chemo. The end of 2017 brought more bad news. Additional masses were discovered in his prostate and bladder. This required further surgeries and more lost time from work. At a doctor's visit on 1/25/18, Tom learned the cancer had spread to his lung, liver and spleen. The prognosis is anything but favorable, yet Tom continues to fight. He's determined to beat this. To do so, he needs our help. Tom is not physically able to work.; His savings has been exhausted, and yet he still needs to pay rent, buy food and pay for basic necessities. The gas money alone needed to go back and forth to appointments and treatments is overwhelming. (We won't even get into the medical bills). This is where you and I come in. Any little bit you can donate will help. Tom's literally fighting for his life. The least we can do is ease his mind on finances for a little bit. He also appreciates prayers of strength and healing. Thank you for taking the time to learn Tom's story.+ Read More
It’s been quiet sometime since I posted my progress. Not too long ago they classified me as having Stage 4 bladder cancer. For the past 2 1/2 months I’ve been going through 2 different types of treatments, immunotherapy and chemotherapy.....a double whammy. To be honest, it’s seriously been hell for me. I’ve lost over 25 pounds within a matter of a few weeks. I don’t even wanna look into the mirror. I’ve been hospitalized on several different occasions for days at a time. As of today I’ve learned that the cancer metastasized (spread) from my liver and is pushing on my diaphragm causing me to have shortness of breath. So here I am once again at Vassar on the Oncology floor my home away from home. With this being said I am forced to move to a more suitable home for my disabled needs. I really can’t walk without any type of assistance nor drive a car without being in an immense amount of pain. Everyone knows how much I love my German Shepherd Riggs. Well, as of today, I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to let my baby boy, my son, my whole entire world go and live with my brother and his wonderful family. This absolutely crushed me beyond belief and I still can’t stop the tears from falling from my face. This is the one single hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life and a part of me just died. I truly hate to even ask for help and I feel ashamed to even do so but please of you can help just a little, even if just some extra prayers. I beg you. Thank you everyone. I love you all and god bless everyone single one of you.
It’s been quite sometime since I’ve posted my progress. For the past 2 1/2 months I have been going through 2 different types of treatments, immunotherapy and chemotherapy....a double whammy. To be honest, it’s been hell. I’ve lost over 25 pounds and I even have a hard time looking in the mirror. I’ve been hospitalized on several occasions for days at a time. As of today I’ve learned that the cancer has metastasized (spread) from my liver and is pushing on my diaphragm causing my shortness of breath. So here I am once again at Vassar on the oncology floor, my home away from home. With this being said, I’m once again asking for any type of help for now I have to move to a more suitable home for my needs. I can’t walk without assistance and can no longer drive without being in an immense amount of pain. Everyone knows how much I LOVE my German Shepherd Riggs well, today I had to let my baby boy, my son, my whole wide world go and live with my brother and his wonderful family. This crushed me and I still can’t stop the tears from falling. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and a part of me just died. I truly hate to even ask for more help but please, if you can help just a little even if just a few prays, I’ll take it. Thank you everyone and god bless you all.
Hello all!!!! Just wanted to give a little update. I start my 2nd round of immunotherapy this Wednesday and so far, it’s been hell. Also, I’m currently looking for a forever home for my Xena. She is my Native American Indian dog, my little girl, my baby. I just physically can’t care for her they way she deserves. I have very little energy and am in constant pain. Thank you again for everything and god bless.
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone. God bless you all. I’m starting immunotherapy this coming week but have countless tests and doctor appointments still. It’s been a struggle of a lifetime but this fella doesn’t quit. Thank you again for the donations. It helps more than anyone can imagine. Love you all.