Our Brain Cancer Odyssey

Having your best friend and the father of your children, fighting the monster that brain cancer is, has many difficult moments. One of the hardest things is asking for or accepting help. It sounds crazy, but it is hard. When someone asks, "What can I do to help?" We always say, "Oh nothing, we are good, we don't need anything." When in reality, that is not the case. Most of the time, I feel like I am carrying the world and I am humbly asking for your help. Today, my family has a request and a need. I had to put my career in pause to become my husband's full time caregiver. And that has taken a huge financial toll in our lives. Well, it's time to let go of our pride. Yup, we are struggling, every single day. There, I said it! The not knowing what my family is going to eat for today has placed me in a really tough position, as a mother. Or the thought of holding back on Gilbert's monthly needed prescriptions. What should we choose to spend our last $120 on? I'm supposed to be this wonder woman and take care of my family. Well, I have come to the conclusion, that I am not! Most people who see Gilbert say "you look great, I wouldn't ever know you have anything wrong" and that is correct. He looks so great, you wouldn't know he has to fight. He has to fight fatigue and the fact that he gets tired, so much easier than he did before this journey started. He has to fight frustration because he doesn't have the energy he once did and that drives him crazy. He has to fight the emotional toll cancer takes on your mind which he's done all without mind-altering drugs. He has to fight the moments he forgets what he's trying to say or conversations we had 2 days before. He has to fight the ugly statistics that say the odds are not in his favor. He has to fight to keep his faith strong and remember God is with us, even when he is silent. Gilbert has to fight everyday and be thankful for the time we have together. I thought I'd been the strong one since this journey started, but I can no longer do this alone. It's a tough road. I am humbly reaching out. My family desperately does need your help. #PrayersForOurBoys #TeamGilbert


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Perla Palacios 
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