In early February 2015, Scott had 60% of his pancreas removed and his entire spleen. It was just in time. In the two weeks between his diagnosis and surgery the tumor had doubled in size from the width of a peanut to the size of a lime.
The diagnosis was that the cancer was an adenocarcinoma – the most aggressive cancer type. We were all stunned. To make matters worse, with over half of his pancreas gone, Scott would be a Type 1 diabetic for the rest of his life – a devastating reality for someone that is needle phobic.
Less than a month later, Scott was rushed to the hospital with a pancreatic leak that spilled pancreatic acid into his abdomen. He was in excruciating, searing pain that ended only when the leak healed itself. This resulted in a long, expensive 10-day stay in the hospital while his body slowly mended.
However, only two weeks later, Scott was taken to the hospital again, this time for internal bleeding in one of his gastric arteries. This extended hospital stay resulted in three days in the ICU and another five in the cancer wing.
In 2016, after six grueling months of chemo and radiation treatments, Scott was feeling better. But it didn’t last long.
On August 10, 2016, he was informed that the cancer had spread to his liver – he officially had Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. All hope of beating the cancer vanished in an instant. His family was heart-broken.
The type of cancer Scott has and its locations makes remission impossible, so he will have painful, costly cancer treatments for the rest of his life. (For over a year, Scott has been undergoing aggressive therapy to keep it under control with measurable success.)
Most recently, Scott developed new pains in his abdomen. So, he is enduring a new round of doctors, tests, and expensive treatments to find out the problem.
Naturally, the devastation hasn’t been limited to Scott’s medical conditions. All the surgeries, hospital stays, and expensive cancer treatments have resulted in medical bills of over $20,000. And with his new ailment, the costs will continue to rise!
Although Scott has health insurance, the medical bills currently cost half of his family’s limited- monthly income. Add that to treatment copays and prescriptions and there is little left for them to live on, much less pay outstanding debts.
Scott is a fun-loving, caring, determined friend and family man. He needs our help. His long, painful, frustrating, expensive fight to beat this awful disease has left him with mounting medical bills. The interest on these bills is also growing. Without our help, legal action will be taken to fulfill his debts. We must help our friend. Anyone who knows Scott, knows he has been there for us and would do whatever to help us. It is our turn to help him. We can’t take away his cancer, but we can ease the burden of mounting debt.
Please give generously. This is urgent. I can’t think of anyone more worthy of our help.
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