On March 25, 2016, my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer metastatic to the brain. He was not a smoker. Due to the level of the cancer, surgery was not even an option. He went through a series of radiation, targeted chemotherapy, lab works, scans, and spinal tap procedures. In spite of all the treatments he had gone through, he managed to return to work for eight months just so he could help pay bills and make ends meet. He was a dedicated employee at the State of Hawaii-Department of Transportation, Kahului Airport Division. He would’ve had many more perfect attendances had he not been afflicted by the disease. He is loved and treasured by many friends and co-workers. After eight months of hard work, this dreadful disease came back in a more aggressive way. On May 22, 2017, he developed pain on his left side and back. He was soon diagnosed with a 7mm kidney stone and Urinary Tract Infection along with Chronic Urinary Retention. On the week of June 26, 2017, daily changes occurred in which his health continued to deteriorate. Nausea, vomiting, and Fecal Incontinence resulted. This was the last week he walked. This was also the day of our planned travel to visit our first grandson from the mainland. We were not able to witness his birth nor were we able to support our daughter’s childbirth. I cancelled our flight that my husband and I looked so forward to. On another sad note, my daughter and our new grandson could not travel to come and visit us. However, due to some divine intervention, my grandson’s pediatrician moved up the baby’s appointment earlier allowing them to travel to Maui.
On June 30, 2017, we were back to the ER where a 2 ½ hours of MRI was done. The prognosis was that the cancer has now spread to his spine. Another spinal tap procedure was ordered and the result was even more devastating. His Cerebral Spinal Fluid is also contaminated with cancer. He underwent another series of radiation and targeted chemotherapy.
I am starting a fundraiser for my husband as we struggle with medical bills and daily expenses to make ends meet. I know that times are hard for everyone, but any amount will help. If you are not able to donate, your prayers for my husband and family will help. Thank you so much to all my family and friends for taking time to stop by our home, hospital, and Hospice to support us at this difficult time of our life. All the food you dropped off and just your all around presence with us has been such a tremendous help to us. Thank you for the support and prayers. God bless you all.
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