Cary Flebbe's Medical Fund
This past year, at the age of 48, Cary took on a new adventure when he was accepted to attend the fire academy for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department. It was Cary's Lifelong dream to become a firefighter and there was no doubt that Cary would be able to complete the arduous training. During the fire academy training, Cary excelled and was by all accounts a leader of his academy class.
Two weeks before graduation, Cary went to the doctor's office because he had a persistent cough. While at the doctors, a chest x-ray was taken and a mass was discovered in Cary's upper right lung. Cary was immediately sent to a specialist where it was later confirmed that the mass was cancer caused by melanoma. Although this terrible news has been a shock to us all, Cary was still able to graduate from the fire academy and is now a firefighter for the County of Los Angeles. Because of the seriousness of Cary's cancer, he has been assigned to a modified work schedule until he starts his treatment.
In the next few weeks, Cary will have a new challenge to take on. Cary has a significant battle ahead which will require all of his strength during his upcoming medical procedures and treatments. Melanoma cancer is a very serious disease and very difficult to treat when it has spread to the lungs. Very often melanoma has a high rate of returning requiring additional treatment.
I can tell you from my experience as a cancer survivor, being diagnosed and treated for cancer will have a significant negative financial impact on Cary and the entire Flebbe Family.
Please join me in support of Cary, Heather, Cade, Taylor, and the entire Flebbe Family as he battles this serious illness. Your love and support will be greatly appreciated!
Hello my friends and family. Once again God has blessed me (I'm starting to think I have nine lives). So I asked my Dr. the other day to release me back to Full duty.....he didn't even hesitate and said "yes, for sure." I can't tell you how overwhelmed I am at where I am in my journey. I look back 4 months and I was on the operating table getting 23% of my lung (along with a 6.8 inch tumor) removed. I know I still have a long way to go, and there are still rough waters ahead, but I will continue to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. I wish I could say Thank You to each and everyone of you for your support, not only for me but for my family as well. I am overwhelmed with your kind words and humbled by your generosity. I go back on October 2, 2017 and I can't wait. This will be the start of the next Chapter in "The Battle to Beat Cancer" written by SUPERMAN! I will keep you posted on my progress and how things are going. Next PT Scan is in December. Thank you and LOVE to you all. Life is GOOD! Last thing, but not the least. I want to thank my family. I thank my kids and wife for letting me chase my dream, even though it made it rough on you, and THANK you for standing by me, for better or for worse. Heather, I LOVE you with everything thing I am, you are truly an INSPIRATION to me. People say I INSPIRE them, well I couldn't do it without you picking me up everyday and breathing life into me. Many more memories to come.
I want to give a short update on Cary's progress. Some of you have already been updated if you have followed Heather's FB posts.
Cary's surgery to remove the large tumor from his right lung was a success and he looked amazingly good after the surgery. Four hours after his surgery he was cracking jokes but I am pretty sure it was the pain medication talking.
Cary has had some up and down days since the surgery and had some additional procedures to correct some complications. Just to keep it interesting, Cary managed to cough so hard that he ripped a hole in the lung causing a leak where he was stitched up. Talk about an over achiever! Cary will have to stay some additional days in the hospital until his lung seals back up on its own.
Cary continues to get lots of visitors from his family, friends, and his fellow firefighters. I also had the pleasure of meeting his fire department family. Cary also had a surprise visit from his brother who was separated from Cary at a young age.
During my visits with Cary, we got into a few deep discussions about how we could make a difference in the fight against cancer. One of our discussions was about early detection of cancer. I know Cary will be a great cancer advocate when he recovers from his battle.
On behalf of Cary and Heather, I want to thank you all for your support. Cary and Heather continue to be amazed by the out-pouring of love!
Wishing you strength & courage, and sending positive, healing vibes! Keep fighting the fight, my friend!