Doctor - “ .. yes, stage 4 terminal, inoperable and untreatable”
Andrew - “ .. well, you gotta try, right?”
Doctor - “ .. it’s not in your nature not to try Andrew, and you need to be true to yourself.”
Andrew - “ .. OK, so that’s what I’ll do.”
It’s January 2018 and this exchange took place with my oncologist two months ago. Leaving aside the wretched details of it, I find myself in difficult and unfamiliar circumstances.
I enjoy giving. I’m compelled to do it. I can’t actually help myself. I’m so used to doing the ‘reaching out’, the offers of assistance, the voluntary board contributions, the kind gestures and the ‘well out of my way’ good deeds for others. Far out, I was even the 2016 Gosford City ‘Citizen of the Year’. I’ve always sought to ‘be of service’, but this has thrown me. Two years after radical surgery for bowel cancer, I thought I had this beat.
My Specialists have advised me of a likely expiry date not too far in the future with only palliative chemotherapy on offer from Medicare or my Health Insurance.. which is not so appealing. There are however some alternative treatments that could make a difference.
And so I’ve decided that I’m not done giving yet, and I still have a book or two to write and a few wonderful food adventures. Not to mention seeing and supporting our three wonderful children, have careers and families of their own. And enjoying some golden years with my wife of nearly 35 years.
To do these things is to complete my life’s work, but I need help.
The alternative therapies and treatments might be the lifesaver I need, but they are a killer financially. My family has its modest assets tied up in a modest home.
It’s not my style to put myself above others, yet I accept that this course of action is necessary, and I intend to serve the community for decades to come.
I am Andrew Church, father of three; our eldest being blind, the next living overseas, and not seen for 4 years, and our youngest being 16 years old. My goal is to raise $25,000 for alternative therapies including specialised bloodwork diagnosis that matches my tumour type for high dose targeted infusions, an ongoing regime of 30+ supplements, a strict whole food plant based diet and full de-acidified / alkalised water exposure.
If you can help in whatever way you can afford – I promise to give the best of everything I have left to these endeavours. Thanks for reading this.