As Frank fortunately does have medical insurance, still the copays, patient expenses and additionally the unpaid time off/absence from work/income over the last year, finances have become extremely difficult to maintain. Unfortunately he does not have short/long term disability and of course can’t get/use it until 9 months cancer free.
The surgery Frank will undergo is an extensive process: 6 surgeries in one, over 300 steps, 5-10 hours, he will be in the hospital for a minimum of 7-10 days, and the recovery will be a lengthy process, and he will be unable to work for at least 2 months. At first even his movement will be limited and therapy will be required just for him to empty his replacement bladder and try to urinate, and at times will have to catheterize himself. Also his every-day activities will be limited for several months being a stressful, painful process, and he will surely get frustrated as Frank has always been active and a self-helping person. Although he has a positive attitude for dealing with everything, naturally it is becoming overwhelming.
We do not want Frank to have the additional stress of how everyday living expenses will be covered: is the mortgage, electric, water, phone, etc., going to be paid and how? The medical bills alone are enough to worry about plus not having any idea what the surgery/hospital/medication/etc. will cost, guesstimating that the co-pay/patient portion would have to be in excess of $20,000.00, which naturally he/we do not have. Additionally after a few months there is a strong chance that he will have to undergo another surgery depending on the function or lack thereof Mr. Johnson.
Frank has a very positive attitude about his future and knows he will be fine medically with the continued love/help/support of his family, friends and loved ones, and is unconditionally appreciative.
Anyone who is additionally able to help/offer/afford financial aid would forever be in our deepest gratitude. Any funds received/contributed will go solely to outstanding medical bills from 2015 and early 2016, simplified living, and then of course the upcoming major unknown expenses.
The generosity and compassionate donations will forever be greatly appreciated as we do not want him to hinder his recovery process with the additional stress!!!