This is a message from Phillip\'s friends on his behalf....
You may or may not know Phillip Moore, but he has been my
friend for 36 years. Phillip is a graduate of
Three years ago Phillip had everything going for him; a
wonderful wife, great career and a beautiful home in
During this time Phillip's wife was pregnant with their
second child, Brody. He was born in March of 2010. Just two hours after Brody's
birth, while he was in the recovery room with his wife, Phillip received a call from his physician informing him that the infection they had been treating was actually cancer. The extreme joy of his second son's birth was quickly replaced by the
horror that is the diagnosis of cancer. Phillip chose not to share the
diagnosis with his wife for several days so as not to overshadow the birth of
his second child.
The original diagnosis was Stage 4 MALT Lymphoma, a very
treatable form of cancer, that with any luck meant Phillip would be able to see
his infant sons graduate someday. A less invasive form of chemotherapy was
undertaken to attack his cancer and the initial results were promising.
Three months after his first treatment a CT scan revealed
some tumors were shrinking, some stayed the same, but there was little or no
growth which was the desired result. A second round of chemo was administered
and it would be three months until another CT, and another treatment was
After a brief leave of absence for the initial chemotherapy
treatment Phillip had gone back to work full-time. It was after the second
treatment that his fatigue had started to increase and it became more and more
difficult to travel as much as his position demanded. In October of 2010
Phillip fell ill and was hospitalized with pneumonia. This was a result of the
disease coupled a diminished immune system due to the cancer treatments, and
something the doctors informed him could be a regular occurrence.
A few weeks after leaving the hospital Phillip's fatigue had
increased exponentially, and a constant low grade fever and sweats had set in.
Toward the end of December, 2010 Phillip's fever had elevated to between 101°
and 102° and remained at that level 24 hours a day. Another CT revealed the
same results as the previous, and another treatment provided a very little
relief to the symptoms that had been ever increasing since October.
All this had finally taken its toll and Phillip had to take
a leave of absence from work which carried over into 2011 burning up his
short-term disability and weeks of vacation he had accumulated.
When Phillip's fever began to trend even higher edging into
the 103° range he was admitted to the hospital for an extended stay. His
oncologist discounted the symptoms had anything to do with his cancer since the
form of cancer he had been diagnosed with was not supposed to exhibit these
sort of symptoms. So every imaginable test was run to rule out every other
After eight days the doctors could find no explanation for
Phillip's constant fever, but it was being managed with the use of Naproxen, a
prescription form of Aleve, and he was sent home. Several weeks would pass and
the medicines effect would start to wane requiring increasing dosages to
control the fever. On top of the fever and sweats body aches and internal pain
began to set in.
Having had enough Phillip admitted himself once again to the
hospital and demanded his oncologist perform a PET scan, a much more accurate
scan, than the CT's the doctors had been performing.
The results of this scan revealed Phillip did not have the
MALT Lymphoma as he was previously diagnosed with, but that he was stricken
with two forms of cancer affecting many more areas and systems than the
previous scans had revealed.
Now, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non Hodgkin's and Stage
4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Phillip is receiving a much more aggressive form of
chemotherapy. This treatment has just begun and will continue through August.
Although these forms of cancer are more aggressive than the
MALT Lymphoma Phillip was originally thought to have he remains in great
spirits and still hopes to watch his boys become young men and graduate.
As you can imagine this process has taken a financial toll
on the family. Having exhausted his short-term disability, and vacation, Phillip
was forced to apply under the Family Medical Leave Act for extended leave
without pay while he is awaiting approval of long-term disability. He was
replaced at his work, had to transition to COBRA insurance, and now has passed
the point where his company would even have to offer him work if he recovers
enough to where he can work full-time again.
Phillip's wife has transitioned to part-time at her work so
she can balance taking care of him, and their two small children. And just
recently the family has had to put their house up for sale in preparation to
move closer to family.
The purpose of putting this endeavor together with the help
of another good friend and classmate of Phillip's and mine, Dena Barton Howard,
is to try and get some help for Phillip and his family. The co pay for his
medical bills alone will be thousands of dollars, and the cost to continue
COBRA insurance premiums is expensive as well. If this effort can just raise
enough money to fill in the gaps created by the family's loss of income then it is our hope the family can continue
to focus on Phillip's treatments and recovery, and not the growing debt.
Richard D. Laudenslager
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