This is my friend Chantelle along with her husband Swift, and their two kids, Sydah who is 6, and Kenzo who is 4 years old.
About a year ago my Swift was diagnosed with Stage 2 Rectal Cancer.
Swift has not been able to work for the past five months and their family finances have suffered tremendously. He has lost opportunities in his business due to not being able to be present in person and lost several accounts during this process. They have never been one to openly ask for help for help. But, after several attempts, and many friends asking permission to start them a Go FundMe, they are finally giving me the go ahead!
He has undergone Radiation/Chemo prior to his first surgery. He then had surgery to remove the cancer and had his entire rectum removed (leaving him with an illiostomy bag) and Praise the Lord it is only temporary. His surgeon was able to get ALL of the cancer out - this process is just part of the course. We are Praising God for LIFE!
After surgery Swift had a 6 week healing process which he did well with, but could “do” very little due to the healing process his body needed before beginning his next rounds of Chemo.
So six weeks after surgery Swift began his 9 rounds of 48 hour Chemo. He would go in on a Tuesday to receive his drip and stay at his Oncologist for about 5 hours — then he would have his Chemo connected to him through his port on his chest and kept the device in a fanny pack. He would then continue his Chemo at home from Tuesday and would return it to the Oncologist on Thursday afternoon.
Every “body” handles sickness differently, as does every body handle Chemo differently. We were hopeful Swift would still be able to maintain his business and things would be okay. Swift has been the sole provider for their family as Chantelle has been at home with the kids. During his treatments it wasn’t possible for her to get work outside of
doing what she is starting now with her Bracelet Company, hoping to create a little bit of extra income for the family. Swift was too weak to manage the kids on his own on most days… Swifts Chemo weeks had him planted on the couch passed out from how hard the drug is, and was on his body.
Swift recently completed his final round of his Chemotherapy three weeks ago! (Hallelujah). He is gaining stamina and strength each day, his is gaining more clarity and getting ready for his final CT Scan on the 27th of August. He is gaining weight back and color is coming back to his face and the look in his eyes aren’t glazed over like they once were.
As long as all is clear with his CT Scan on the 27th of August, he will then be scheduled for his Final Surgery at the end of September. If the CT Scan is indicating something other than normal his surgery will be pushed back another 6 weeks.
This surgery will be a reversal surgery and will place all his working parts of his Rectum back together as he will then be able to be without an Ostomy bag!!!!
With all of this going on they have accumulated a lot of debt. Through this journey, and they have had to rely on family and friends and foremost GOD to make it month to month! We are hoping that the donated funds will help ease the burden for the family for their month to month living and medical expenses. This way they can focus on getting Swift healthy and strong so he can once again provide for his family.
Swift is eager to have this behind him, as well as the whole family! They believe and trust in God as they walk alongside HIM throughout this season of their lives. It has not always been easy, BUT their FAITH is what is seeing them through this season, along with the Many, MANY people standing in the gap for them PRAYING every step of the way!
We know that everyones financial situation is different, and any amount to help them is greatly appreciated.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to follow their story and for Praying for their family!!! They are forever grateful to each and every one of YOU!
- McBride Family
- Catherine Biggers
- Nick Walker
- mark robertson
Organizer and beneficiary