75 days later, he was gone.
The cancer started in his left lung, spreading to his spine, ribs, liver and brain. He fought a valiant war against the enemy and never complained. He had 15 radiation treatments in a row to his brain, ribs, and spine. He always smiled and gave encouraging words to us even though he was in excrutiating pain.
Bill never wanted to burden anyone with his care. He was so giving that he even tried to get out of his hospital bed to help me when I was choking on a piece of food stuck in my throat. That's the kind of man he was. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, friend, mechanic, person and overall great human being. Bill was an angel on earth!
Unfortunately, Bill lived a meager and modest life with very little to his name; earning very little money as an auto mechanic. He worked hard every day even when his employer was unable to give him his weekly pay due to financial constraints on the company. He received nothing else in benefits or wages. He would go to work every day while sick and in pain. He loved his customers and what he did so much that he didn't want to let anyone down. He never got to retire.
Since we both were married before, we decided to each take care of our own responsibilities and debts when we joined as one. We shared the bills within the household as best we could since I had to retire early due to health issues of my own.
He had no savings, no pension, no prescription benefits, no medical benefits other than medicare and that of which he paid out of pocket supplement premiums.
Bill always tried to make life better for me and our family. No matter how little he had, he always said, "I will try harder." He never wanted us to struggle. His love and devotion was a gift that most people never get in a life time. I am so blessed to have had him in my life for a short 13 years - this Dec. 22 was to be our 10th wedding anniversary. He was my best friend as well as husband. Bill was my everything.
Now, I am faced with trying to "go on" without him. I am beyond grief emotionally, mentally, and physically drained. The daunting task of paying for his final expenses and debt are overwhelming since I am retired and on a fixed income that is already maxed out. In addition to my own debts, I still have a hefty mortgage along with car payments, home maintenance costs and household bills to contend with. I am humbled and upset that I must ask for help.
The life insurance he had will not cover all his expenses. I never thought that a funeral would cost over $20,000.00 plus his $10,000 of personal debt including his truck loan, credit cards, SnapOn Tool bills, etc. I haven't received his medical bills nor death taxes and fees as of yet and know that they are on the horizon.
Please, please, if you can, consider helping us out with your donation; whatever it may be. Every little bit helps. The money donated will be used for all of Bill's debts that I cannot pay.
The funds are needed asap. I will be managing it all by myself since I can't afford a lawyer to do it for me.
Thank you so much. God bless!
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