I already "beat" Cancer, if u ask me! I just heard Stuart Scott (on the ESPY awards) say the triumph is in the fight. Im not supposed to be around, according to doctors, anyways. I was diagnosed with this deadly disease in Dec. of 1989, after informing my mom of a large lump under my right arm. A lump that I ddnt know was irregular and called it my "meaty arm"!! It soon became my worst nightmare.
This roller coaster-like ride of surgeries, treatments, and time in between has taken me all around the U.S. and beyond! I've covered the full spectrum of life in my 37 yrs on God's precious Earth. From discovering I have Cancer to witnessing Micheal Jordan, courtside. From college, studying Business, to prison for illegal business. From witnessing the birth of my 3 children (that I thought I couldn't ever have), to seeing my Father's last breaths. I've had some good times sandwiched between some of the worst times any person could endure. Like sitting on the beautiful beaches of CoCo Cay, Bahamas 3 months after having my right arm amputated.
Most people that know me will agree that I don't speak much about my fight. I never been the type to draw extra attention to myself or do a lot of complaining about my struggles because I've always felt I'm not as bad off as I could be. That is until now! This Cancer is as relentless as I am. After 25 yrs of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgeries, these tumors are as aggressive now as ever. I need serious help. I really feel GOD has spared my life to help others understand how to fight Cancer but right now I'm running out of ammunition. Because of my insurance, my options are very limited on ways to combat this beast. My goal is to get to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to get an alternative method of treatment. The great doctors at Vanderbilt University, who have been there from the beginning, has exhausted all avenues. They have a great team but I'm interested in hearing different opinions, ideas, treatment plans, that my insurance simply won't pay for. I find myself asking them; Is this the best treatment available or the best my insurance can buy? I would hate to think my life has been spared this long, only to end because my health insurance didn't warrant the best treatment. And as a result, the time i have left with my 3 beautiful kids would be cut short because of money! The lessons I try to instill in them, that money does not determine your worth, would seem untrue and not real. That's not the lesson I want them to take out of this. I want them to see their dad fought Cancer with all he had and I did it for them.
I am not a perfect person. However, I am a normal person in a stressful situation thats searching for answers. Im not looking for a miracle to fall out of the sky but I do believe GOD will make a way out of no way. Maybe, it will be determined that there is nothing else can be done. I can live with that, knowing I did my best to find out. Even if I come short of my goal, at least I can do GOD's work & bring awareness to how to live with/fight Cancer.
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