Kathy Jo Fawcett Reynolds is organizing this fundraiser.
23 years ago I met the man of my dreams! Here I was already just turned 30, single and already the mother of 4 children. I met this (man, my wonderful husband now Robert (Bob) Reynolds, 3rd. He was the most handsome, gorgeous man I had ever seen in my life and he chose to be with me. Even knowing I already had 4 children of my own and I told him my children would always be 1st, he excepted that and raised and loved my kids just as they were his own and not once did he ever complained about it, why you say? Because he wanted to be with me. He justed melted my heart. From that day forward we were inseparable. He knew that once the kids were grown we would finally have our time. Well those kids are grown and in the last 5 years horrible things started happening one after the other. First the passing of my father, who I loved so very much and still miss him to this very day, then 6 months after that my younger brother was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer ( going on 5 year survival and still fighting) then, unfortunately, I was diagnosed with severe Crohn's/Colitis Disease as well as: Polyarthrigia, Arthritis, Fibro myalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease and Skin cancer on my right eye ,to which had to be "rebuilt" to say the least. I still have the scares because they have to be absolutely sure It doesn't return before they even consider plastic surgery. Then this past January was the most horrifying month of my life! My husband complained he seemed to have lost his peripheral vison completely. After taking him to an eye specialist they saw a mass of some sort in his brain that was pushing on those nerves and affecting his vision. So we rushed him to ER and to make a long story short, after doing all kinds of testing, MRI'S, etc. I finally got the final report late at night while Bob was pretty much sleeping off and on, as soon as I saw some the wording I knew (from past nursing skills) it wasn't good. Bob was asking what it was saying, so I played it off and told him I couldn't see sense was so dark in the room, I'd needed to read it in the hall and then come back in and tell him what it said, he agreed and I knew he'd fall asleep from the meds. So I walked out the door and a little down the hall and just fell to the floor and cried like I never cried before. In my hand was a report saying my husband, the man that was so strong, played baseball still and supported me and my children for soooo many years has STAGE 4, TERMINAL, MELIGNANT METASTASIS (meaning it has already spread to other important organs) KIDNEY CANCER! The man I love more then anything in the world who was working so hard to take care of me is so sick himself and I just may lose him just when FINALLY! Finally we can have and so looking forward to our time together. The kids are grown and out of the house. We may not be able to anything fancy, or take an expensive vaction or go to fancy restaurants but we were finally looking forward to spending time together, just the 2 of us. Then this happens :( Now between all the medical bills I have/ had billed up and still they pile up for my illnesses, now , unfortunately we will have a lot more for him as well. He is the subscriber for our health Insurance and in June of this year lt all starts ALL OVER AGAIN! we have very high deductibles and Out of pocket Expenses and I have gotten rid of or cut down on just about everything I can think of. It breaks my heart as I watch my husband as he gets sicker & more tired each day and still he works so hard, by the time he gets home I'm lucky I can get him to finish dinner before he is out like a light for the rest of the night. Then I end up staying up too late because sometimes he makes these noises like maybe he's stopped breathing or something so alot of nights I stay up real late til I know it's almost time for him to get up then I try to get at least few hours of sleep. . But we both refuse to give up! We both are fighters, always have been, always will be. Like I've said before. COME HELL OR HIGH WATER WE WILL NOT GIVE UP! Together we will fight this....it can not have my husband, I wont know let it! Im not ready to let him go and he still has a hell of lot of fight left In him as well. So again! TOGETHER WE WILL FIGHT! TOGETHER WE WILL WIN! We wish to thank everyone for all their love, prayers and most of their support. we are truly blessed! and we truly have the best family & friends in the world. To those of you that have helped and we may not know personally we also thank you and my god bless you as well for your kindness and your generosity as we are so very grateful all those that could help. Many blessings to all of you. We love each and everyone of you may God bless each and every one of you:) â™¡â™¥