In March 2012 my husband participated in a local corporate 5K with his co-workers. At 45 years old weighing in at over 275 pounds, out of shape, suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure he wobbled over the finish line an hour later.
That day was the deciding factor that made him determined to make a lifestyle change and become healthy.
A year later having lost over 120 pounds, he once again ran that corporate 5K and he proudly ran it in half the time.
His goal was to become healthy and it was paying off!
Fred began particpating in local 5 K runs and enjoyed running daily and working out at Parrish Fitness Center. He successfully participated in a Tough Mudder, one of the hardest obstacle course fitness challanges out there.
Each pound Fred lost was due to his determination by excercising and eating healthy. He even went back to school and became a Licenced Certified Personal Trainer so he could pass on to others his passion for health and exercise.
Until last month....
Fred began having stomach aches and chest pain. Attributing it to stress or an ulcer because he was in between jobs and without health insuance. .Then on May 5th they got too painful he agreed to let me take him to the hospital and our lives have been thrown into a tail spin beyond any comprehension.
The doctor comes into that emergency room cubicle and tells us that his heart is fine, but..... they have found a very large mass ( 10 cm) on his liver of great concern. (I'll never forget those words).
He was admitted and a liver biopsy was scheduled.
The results were unexpected and devastating.
Fred was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma... (a word I never thought in a million years I have become an expert in spelling).
This Bile Duct Cancer is rare and aggressive. We met with oncologists at Space Coast Cancer Center here in Titusville and they have begun Chemotherapy. He has been referred to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for a consultaion to determine options and the next step in this process.
Both Fred and I are not ones to ask for help. Working hard our whole lives, never did we think something like this would happen.
When Fred suddenly lost his job of ten years, he didn't let that stop him. He was determined to make a career change and be successful at it.
He had just successfully completed the Florida Real Estate Course and passed the State exam he became a Licenced Florida Real Estate Associate.
He was offered a position with a broker and was to begin training on Thursday, May 6th. The day before on Wednesday, our nightmare began! Needless to say, he did not make it to work.
A health scare like this is a nightmare enough, and then to add the financial burden on top of it. I have to put my pride aside and ask for assistance.
I am humbly asking for your help.
No donation is too small, and all is greatly appreciated!
Fred is determined to finish this race to beat cancer!
With your support I know he will!
Sincerely, Gail Ramos
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