On February 21, 2018, Eric was diagnosed with Stage IV Cholangiocarcinoma. This cancer does not yet have a cure and is very rare(only 200,000 cases per year). As everyone knows, Eric is just shy of 31 years old, looks like he is in the best health, always has a smile on his face, and has an energy about him that leaves an impression on everyone he meets.
At the beginning of the year, Eric started developing pains in his abdomen and back. He started feeling tired and then caught a cold. They called/met with their doctor and got a z-pac for his symptoms. The cold went away. A week later, the pain started again and nausea developed. We thought it was his pancreas or gallbladder. After going to the ER they ran tests and said everything was fine, except a small mass that appeared in his liver that was about 4 cms. They then met with a liver doctor and decided it would be best to get a biopsy and proceed with a liver resection if in fact it was a tumor while operating.
During his surgery, the mass was found to be cancerous and when the doctor went in further he discovered multiple tumors and was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma. The doctor could not resect the tumors due to the severity of it spreading.
Eric and Danielle have been married just under 4 years and thought that IVF was their journey, however, God had other plans.
While in the hospital recovering from his major surgery; Eric and Danielle found out for the first time in 3 years, that they were going to be parents. This was his first sign of hope to motivate him through his journey!
Currently, Danielle and Eric are meeting with a team of doctors to determine the best treatment plan. Eric needs to begin chemotherapy immediately in hopes to shrink the tumors to give the doctors an opportunity to go back in and resect areas of his liver. To begin treatment his jaundice levels need to reduce as well as clearance from his surgery he intially went under.
It is expected that Eric will need multiple treatments, and WHEN the tumors cooperate, he can become a candidate for a liver transplant.
We appreciate all the help we can get for our medical needs as Eric's fights this. Thank you and God Bless!
To get updates on Eric please follow the link below:Eric's Facebook Group
Other details about this Go Fund Me campaign:
This campaign was created by Melissa Riegler, (Anaheim Hills, Ca) who is the sister of Danielle Augustine (Eric's wife) and sister in law of Eric Augustine.
Danielle Augustine is the beneficiary for all funds raised for this campaign and is the only person who has the ability to withdraw any of the funds.
All funds will go towards medical expenses for Eric