During Memorial Day weekend last year, my brother became jaundiced and sought care at an ER. We were horrified to learn that he had a mass near his pancreas. But he was lucky, they said--it was caught early.
The journey from there has been fast and furious, mostly one big blur. He underwent chemoradiation preoperatively, followed by a Whipple procedure, followed by more "just in case" chemo. He lost about 40 lbs, but we were so very happy at how he was progressing and thinking maybe--just maybe--we were coming out of this cancer nightmare.
But we learned this past week with his first surveillance scan that the cancer has spread and he is going to need aggressive therapy to buy him some time. Without it, they have told him he has only a few months. He's getting a port put in to his chest and begins this therapy in three days.
My brother needs help with his medical bills and living expenses, since we are pretty certain this therapy is going to make it much harder (or perhaps impossible) for him to work .
Right now, though, I also want nothing more than for my brother to spend as much time as he can for as long as he can doing things that make his heart sing and his spirit soar. He's going to need that because cancer is very pushy and demanding. It's trying to be the center of attention.
If any of you have an older brother (or sister), maybe you can imagine what I'm feeling. Your older brother is the one who, growing up, paves the way for you, takes the heat for you, and watches out for you. So it's my turn now to try to do what I can to watch out for him.
Please help my brother if you are able. Anything will help and will be immensely appreciated.
- Karen Taylor
- Lynn Bradley
- Emily Fine
- Lynn Bradley