Both Parents Fighting Cancer

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Raised by 107 people in 39 months
Originally  I had set up an account for our loving father after he was being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma which is a blood cancer. Finding out that he had this cancer intially broke our hearts since we were told that it is currently incurable. However, we also found hope when we were told that patients are able to have there life extended for up to ten years or more through having a stem cell bone marrow transplant. It was with this news that ten years or more to continue to watch his children and grandchildren grow became my fathers greatest wish.
Unfortunately, loosing the ability to work , having to undergo strenious medical procedures and the need for a  bone marrow transplant began to get outrageously expensive. At first we thought we would be able to lean on the VA since my father is a Vietnam Vet and Multiple Myeloma is on the list for Agent Orange exposure.  Unfortunately, he was on a Navy Aircraft Carrier and these Vets still do not recieve the help that others do. Determined to get through this and unsure of how we would find the means to pay the bills our spirits began to be lifted as people began to generously donate to our Dad's GoFund page.
We knew that the road would be tough but we were never prepared for the devestation we felt when our Mother was diagnosed with Stage III  Breast Cancer and one of the most aggresive kinds. It was a blow to our family that some of us still can not comprehend!Two parents 63 and 65 diagnosed. To make matters worse my mother who has been the sole provider for the family since my dad got sick would now have to have a masectomy and reconstructive surgery. After this procedure she will be undergoing  chemo and radiation unitl December 2016.  This will leave my mother unable to work. The scariest part is that my mother  does not have long term disability and her medical insurance was based weekly on how many hours she worked so she most likely end up loosing her medical insurance. 
Therefore, we have set up a new account in hopes that others would be willing to help our parents in anyway they can. 
We can not do this alone and appreciate any added care whether it is through donations, sharing their story, or simply leaving words of encouragement. Nothing is too small! 

You can also read about our parents story at the following link:
Slidell Couple Deals with Double Dose of Cancer

I speak for all five of my parents children and their grandchildren when I say THANK YOU! Thank you for those who have donated already to my dad's account. Thank you for those who took the time to read this, share this, and thank you to those who donate now and in the future. May you be blessed!
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UPDATE ON THE CURRENT SET BACK: Mom recently made a year since her surgery and just completed radiation. She will now go back to receiving chemo treatments. We still have not received the results of dads bone marrow transplant and he is quite nervous but we are keeping faith. However, we have hit another LARGE unexpected bump in the road! Since mom is not 65 yet she took out some of her social security as a source of income since both our parents are unable to work. Unfortunately, we found out these payment will be ending this month along with receiving a notice that the $325.00 ( A WEEK) that she pays for Cobra to continue her medical insurance she lost will now be increasing to $375.00 a week. They are very nervous about where this situation will leave them and we are asking if anyone can help with donations or the sharing of their story. Our family is forever thankful for all of the support and help that people have gave to us and we hope that you and your family is forever blessed.
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Mom's Message to Everyone:
One year ago today I had my double mastectomy because of cancer. I'm still going through treatment and still struggling to make ends meet financially (insurance, mortgage, food, etc) but I'm alive and happy to be alive. I am surrounded by loving family members, relatives, and friends. Strangers offer words of encouragement and prayers. Thank you for lifting me up everyday! Please continue with your encouragement, prayers, well wishes, etc. I still have months to go before the end of treatment. I love being me! Thank you for loving me too!
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Dad'a port goes in today and they will start to harvest stem cells.
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We were thankful that Dad's insurance finally approved their part of of his transplant that we were longing for but his spirits are down today because he was told he will have to take 7 shots in his stomach to build his white blood cell count back up and we will have to come up with the $897 copay for them before he can do it.
Today we will shower him with love, remind him of his strength and remember that a bad day does not mean a bad life!
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Lisa Navo Schehr
35 months ago
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Missing you Christal !!!

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Pam Riggs
38 months ago
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Wow prayers for you all. I've lost my dad two uncles a aunt and grandma to cancer. It sucks. My dad was also in the Vietnam War and died from agent orange. He was 41 when he died 25 years ago. I was 15. We got no help. 250 on a headstone. They all need more recognition. I have health issues since birth but was denied. It's a shame they serve their country and get crapped on. I wish I had money i would definitely help.

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Tara Phillips
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I have heard such loving stories about you two from Melissa. She is such a wonderful person, and I know she loves you both dearly. I thought it was fitting that I finally remembered to donate on her birthday. I know having you both in her life is one of the best gifts she could have today. Praying for both of you as you continue your fight against cancer!

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Lisa Navo Schehr
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Missing you Christal !!!

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Pam Riggs
38 months ago
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Wow prayers for you all. I've lost my dad two uncles a aunt and grandma to cancer. It sucks. My dad was also in the Vietnam War and died from agent orange. He was 41 when he died 25 years ago. I was 15. We got no help. 250 on a headstone. They all need more recognition. I have health issues since birth but was denied. It's a shame they serve their country and get crapped on. I wish I had money i would definitely help.

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