As most of you may know, Joel was diagnosed with a brain cancer called astrocytoma 3 years ago. Since then, he has had surgery, chemo and radiation, but in recent months his condition has worsened tremendously. As we speak, Joel is in the hospital not able to walk or talk and is using a feeding tube.
Joel has basic Medicare insurance, which doesn't cover his full medical expenses (Medicare only covers 80%). Alternative treatments, co-payments and housing are all additional expenses. We're fighting against so many odds and don't want money to be a factor in saving his life. We would like to set the stage to not just keep him alive, but we want to get him back on his feet.
If you know Joel, you know he is the type of person that will go out of his way to help a friend. Now he needs you. Please donate to help us help Joel. No contribution is too small.
Signed Joel's family:
Max Jean Baptiste, brother
Fiona Chalumeau, cousin
Kathleen Chalumeau, cousin
Gina St. Louis, cousin
Nancy St. Louis, cousin
Please also take the time to read his Facebook post below: He posted this on May 10, 2013 (on the 3-year anniversary of his surgery):
I WENT HIGH IN THE SKY AND GAVE HIM TWO HIGH 5s
I want my story to be CRYSTAL clear! I started this very early this morning (5:45am and couldn't sleep)! Why? Well, I'm vividly remembering the day God changed me and made me dig deeper. How, you may ask? Honestly, by giving me something that should've scared me half to death! I didn't know it at the time, but it was just the beginning.
In March 2010 without any pain/bothering moments I saw something in my eye. It was very tiny and very clear yet, hindering my vision slightly. Now normally, I would just rub that eye and stay in motion. If you know me well enough, I always keep it moving!! Before long I went to see my doctor. I thought "it's probably nothing" or "no big deal". Something told me to keep the doctor's appointment. It was a feeling I couldn't ignore. Call it a miracle, but God started my testimony that day.
I came to find out only after asking my eye Dr. (for wearing eye glasses/contacts) to check on that one eye & he told me he saw a small swollen gland and for me to check in @NSLIJ. He wanted me to get a CAT Scan/MRI and out of curiosity I went. I had no fear or anxiety whatsoever. My attitude was like "it's just a simple test, no real threat" at all!!
Wow! Wow! Wow! March 22nd, 2010 is the day I will never forget! I found out I had a Brain Gleoma Tumor that was growing in my head for 20 years!!!!!!! Dr. found a Brain Tumor (size of an egg shell). What?! As the Doctor went on to explain my tests closely, verifying his proof I jumped up like I won the Lotto! Honest to God!!! (I knew, in my spirit there had to be an explanation for the hindrance in my vision) But my parents were worried to death and looked at me as if I was on "cocaine", "crack, drunk or any other crazy illegal drugs"!!! They couldn't believe the revelation, that their baby boy had a brain tumor (probably thinking of cancer)!! In hindsight, I now honestly believe that my response was God in me showing them God is working. I couldn't explain why I was so happy and excited in the moment! I just was. I now know, it was because these results led me to my testimony. This is why I remain in certain ways, optimistic, fearless, and don't hold back (at all as if I was in a gang lol)! For those around that know me I've been told they feel that optimism from me 24-7! Whooooo whoooo! Hehehaha!
I want to describe how I was feeling, knowing this thing was inside my head growing for 20 years!! My heart was racing. As you can imagine I had questions. Would I survive? Would my brain be the same afterwards? How would my functions be impacted? Would my memory be affected? I wasn't sure what the outcome could be but I was all the more eager to hear the diagnosis and following treatment. So on May 10th, 2010 I underwent surgery to remove a large amount of that Brain Tumor (more could cause me being unable to talk, walk, think, see, remember, dance or sing!!). For the next few hours into May 11th, I woke up in the hospital recovery unit. My head was wrapped up which covered one eye and was eager to get out of my bed and look in the mirror! Smh, but happy I passed all my tests with my Psychological Dr. while the main Dr. stitching me after chopping that tumor with tunes in the background I heard! But, right before I got knocked out while being transported to the operation tight room I was smiling and chatting with 4 operation assistants making them laugh and amazed as if I'm about to perform or enter a party to dance! They kept saying "OMG" because they never witnessed someone like me "Ready"! Set! Go! Or "Lights! Camera! Action"!
"Fear not there is nothing to fear, for I am with you; in terror and be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and harden you in difficulties; yes I will help you; yes I will hold you up and retain you with my victorious right handoff righteousness and justice". Isaiah 41:10 AMP Wow! No one knows the future. Only God does way in advance (I have proof with that tattoo I did in 2008 and why?! My mind was in awe of how God had just begun a new chapter in my life. The healing and surgery recovery process went on from Monday to Friday May 14th 2010. Finally, 5 days later I was released from the hospital with my 43 stitches and thankfully without lumps or skin defects. It was truly the hand ("High Five") of God on my life!!
Since the 2010 diagnosis & consequent surgery, I knew He had future plans for me. My testimony only gives me MORE strength, courage, and power to overcome. Along with my prayers while worshiping & praising HIM I've been blessed to help others spiritually through benevolence and deeds! I felt the need and the wants to make many sacrifices in many ways by Fasting and also joining my (expensive) Mission Outreach Journey to Haiti (2/18/13 to 2/23/13) helping over 300 people who are suffering or leading to die from that terrible earthquake and/or our recent Hurricane Sandy! View my album on FaceBook titled " Haiti Mission Outreach 2013"
You see?! (those pictures) That's why I can't stop talking about Him with you. If you're reading this now, its no mistake! It's no coincidence! My friends, I want you to reach closer to Him, with wonderful, great EXPECTATIONS for your life! But in order to do that, you MUST erase all the fears or worries in your life. Can you do that? ABSOLUTELY! Will you have troubles? No doubt. Will it be easy? I don't think so. But there is one thing I know for sure. That if you really trust & believe in the Almighty, you will live your life's potential & do AMAZING deeds. Hope "is s constant expectation of an unseen reality". Romans 8:24 NIV
After all it is what inspires you daily.) There's only ONE GOD. May you encounter into HIS Victory!!!!!! Get of that "Victory Exit"!
Love you all! PEACE
(Thanks Marjorie, Merwyn, Rich, & Andrea)
too busy to be sad...
too positive to be doubtful..
too optimistic to be fearful...
and too determined to be defeated..."
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