Help Alex and Nakita
Alex (30 years), and his long term partner Nakita Doherty (25 years) are about to embark on a journey that none of us want to begin, but those that do, desperately hope to come out of and see daylight again.
Alex has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.
About three months ago Alex was working away from his Alice Springs home at Yulara, and started suffering chronic migraines, nausea, blurred vision & seeing stars. Alex also had pressure in his head and the sensation of his ears constantly being blocked.
After numerous blood tests, MRI's and Catscans at the Alice Springs Hospital the medical team eventually found shadowing on his brain. Alex was reffered to the Royal Adelaide Hospital Nuerosurgical team.
On Monday 21st November Alex and Nakita flew to Royal Adelaide, and could only hope for a positive outcome. Without knowing what the posibilties will be or when they will be able to return home.
On the 23rd of November, Alex underwent brain biopsy surgery in the hope of some good news, but at the very least, some answers to the mounting questions.
After waiting the week out in Adelaide away from their home and work, they were given the results of the biopsy.
Alex was diagnosed with Type 2 Astrocytoma Brain Tumour in the frontal right lobe. The tumour is taking up most of the right side of his brain and he will have to undergo an undetermined amount of further nuerosurgeries.
On the 7th of December, Alex and Nakita returned home to Alice, knowing they will soon return to Adelaide again in early January 2017.
Both Alex and Nakita are apprentices. Alex an Electrical apprentice at Chubb Fire & Security and Nakita an apprentice carpenter at Probuild NT.
With the trip to Adelaide in November and future trips requiring time off work, both apprenticeships have had to be placed on hold and all of their leave enntitlements have already been exhausted.
Many people may know Alex from his side photography business of Live StudioBooths and he has done many photo shoots in and around Alice Springs assisting Rugby Union, Go Karts, Rugby League and many other sporting events and associations
Alex and Nakita need help to pay for rent, bills & car repayments and the many inevitale trips down to the Neoro team at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, whilst they embark on this emotional and difficult journey.
Please help us assist Alex in any and every way that we can!
Cheers for the birthday wishes all, got a pretty good present from my oncologist yesterday with my first follow up brain scan since radiotherapy and its completely clear for now, in her words it couldnt have been any better, so a birthday to remember...
Indeed a birthday to remember.
Alex and Nakita will still need to stay in Sydney for a few more months for follow up appointments to be sure everything is ok.
From myself, Alex, Nakita and their family and friends we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped out in anyway they can.
We will spend the next 5 or so days in hospital where they will continue to monitor him. After a months rest and recovery, Alex will then start his 6-week radiation journey.
Alex still has a long way to go but thanks to the support of everyone that has donated and having his friends and family around him, his is in good spirits.
Alex's medical insurance will not cover any of the tests, trips to Adelaide or Sydney and will not cover his accommodation either. Whilst Medicare is assisting, this surgery alone will mean that they will be out of pocket about $30K. This is the first of many surgeries required. Please dig deep and help so Alex can concentrate on getting well and not need to stress about the financial burdens.
Together with several of his close friends will be holding an Auction on the 5th February at the Gap View Hotel, Alice Springs. We are asking for donations from people and businesses but also asking everyone to come and support this event and bid on items. There will be also be live music and a relaxed family friendly event.
Please spread the word and keep an eye out for more updates.
Here is an update from Alex, he is currently in Sydney for treatment.
Hey there, just a quick update for everyone interested, my brain tumor has decided it wanted to evolve and has been escalated to a grade 3 and is using glucose and protein to grow as identified in PET scans, so surgery is now Thursday this week . Had the discussion with my surgeon yesterday, he's removing a big chunk of my brain, just under a quarter of it, I know this is not new, but it's just real for me now. It's 2 days time. I will be in hospital for a week after and then have a month off to heal before I start radiotherapy for 6 weeks..