Please Help a Very Sick Grandfather.

I realize since I'm not a sick child and I don't have cancer (as far as I'm aware), most people will bypass my page, but please understand, I and other people here like me, also need help, regardless of which illness we may have. So please, even if you don't help me this time, find someone who needs it and help them. Sooner or later, we all need a little help and for me at least, that time is now.

The man in the picture is me. My name is Tony. If I appear very thin to you, it's because I've lost over fifty pounds in the last five months and I'm 6'2" tall. Because of what's happened to me with my current medical and financial issues, I can no longer do most of what I enjoy, including spending time with my granddaughter. I'm depressed all the time now and on more than one occasion over the last five and a half months, largely due to the pain, I have considered just giving up. But... I can't. It's not in my genetics to give up. But when you're in this much pain, your mind goes to dark places. Just makes you have to fight even harder.

The last five and a half months have been hell for me. I vomit at least twice a day, often more. The pain I'm in is nearly unbearable (it has actually caused me to pass out twice) and it tends to last lanywhere from six to eighteen hours. Pain meds don't help. Even oxycodone is useless against it, so between the vomiting and intense pain, I'm unable to work or even to look for a job nor do I have any type of insurance.

I have a), a pretty severe blockage in my small intestine that prevents solids from passing (hence the vomiting), b) a large, 3 cm ulcer (one of the largest my doctor said he's seen - hence the pain), and finally c) a hernia inside my stomach (likely created by the constant vomiting).

I'm supposed to be on a liquid diet (Boost, Ensure, etc), but unfortunately, I just can't afford it, so I keep having to eat what's available, either soup or solid foods, which always causes me to vomit and brings on the pain, which is so intense, so excruciatingly painful, that on several occasions, I've literally begged God (and my ex-girlfriend) to just kill me. I've tried, but after five months of writhing in pain, I just simply can't handle it anymore.

As I'm likely heading for a fairly serious surgery (which won't be outpatient and will require a 2-3 day hospital stay), I literally need thousands of dollars, but I also need to be able to pay for the doctor visits themselves, to be able to pay for all the medications I'm currently on (and will be prescribed in the future) and I desperately need food. Because of the blockage, I'm only able to handle soup or something like Boost, so I'm hungry all the time. I feel as if I'm slowly starving and have even fainted from lack of nutrition.

I need help. As much as I loathe to admit it, I really, desperately, need help. So if you're able, please help me. And for anyone who does, thank you so much in advance.

I need this done. I just want my life back.
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Tony Young 
Maryville, TN
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