Mark and I have been asked to allow friends/family to
help with Mark's new cancer treatments. We are told
that allowing a gofund me account would be a way to
let others be part of Mark's journey in healing and that
it is God's plan. If we don't do it, we take away blessings
that God had planned for others. We understand what it is to give to others and we always are blessed doing that,
thus, my signature quote on all my emails.
"BE A BLESSING AND BE BLESSED"
We will begin by telling you about Mark's journey
with this nasty thing called cancer.
In October 2015, Mark started having blood in his
urine. After many tests and hospital visits, they
found he had cancer in a diverticium which was
attached to his bladder. He had it removed on
October 29th, 2015. He started BCG treatments in
January 2016. These treatments were extremely hard
on him and his body. Finally, after many treatments
in 2016, he decided not to do them anymore. All biopsies during that period came back non-cancerous.
Mark continued to have scopings and biopies in his
bladder during 2017.
Our world was rocked once again in September when
the biopies came back cancerous. Talking to the
doctors, the only cure was full removal of bladder and
prostate. Mark's cancer is CARCINOMA IN SITU OF THE BLADDER. At that time Mark had said there is no way he is having his bladder and prostate removed. With those removed, Mark's life would be changed forever.
We both have been so scared. It has been the worst time of our lives together.
The thought of living without him was not an option so
we had many conflicts on that issue.
On December 19th, the doctor did another scoping with
biopies and found the cancer was still there and again, said that bladder and prostate needed to come out. We were told that this cancer is a time bomb waiting to blow. It needed to come out now. We had till January 2nd to decide.
With much pressure from the doctor and I, Mark agreed to have the bladder out on February 6th.
Again, we had many discussions at home and with Mark so determined to not have the bladder and prostate out, we looked to other options.
With lots of prayers and the Grace of God, we found other options.
God delivered an avenue for Mark.
We are now in contact with Infusio Medical Center in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mark has talked with the doctor there and they can help him. We are waiting for the complete healing plan, time frame and cost. As you might expect, the cost is huge and insurance will not cover anything. We are looking at 4 weeks stay in Germany while he has treatments along with the newest technologies only available outside of the US.
Even with the huge cost, we are still determined to save his bladder and prostate. We just know God will help us fund his journey and healing.
We are humbled to come to you all. This is something we don't do well and much prefer to help bless someone else, but we believe God is always teaching us and helping us grow into the Christ followers HE has planned.
So, to end, we thank each one of you for whatever you can help with and we will forever be grateful.
Please continue to pray for Mark and I as we journey down the road to the cure.
God bless and much love,
Mark and Linda
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