His surgeon performed a colon resection, removing the entire right side of his colon and a huge mass of what the surgeon described as, "gunk the size of a medium catfish." Then the waiting game followed for the pathology report, expected the following Tuesday. Unfortunately, when the results came back, Dad was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.
He was released from the hospital on March 4th, able to return home and recover from the surgery. Following recovery, an aggressive treatment of chemo is planned to begin during the first week of April. The chemo is scheduled for every other week for the next 6 months at Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA.
Before becoming ill, Dad essentially has 2 means to supplement his retirement annuity. He is a former Scentsy Independent Consultant Director, now a Super Star Consultant for the past 7+ years. Until he is recovered from surgery and depending on how he responds to the chemo treatments, his ability to work shows, home parties and a variety of other earning functions is severely limited or not possible at all. He has a strong, positive attitude and wants to continue this way. His energy and stamina just will not allow him to work consistently at this time. He was also an iPhone expert repair technician under a contract of iCracked, a world leader in performing iPhone, iPad, and iPod hardware repairs. He traveled normally within a 50-mile radius of his home. Up until his illness took over, he was rated at the highest "iTech" rating possible within the iCracked organization, a Diamond rating based on a combination of the number of repairs he completed and his superior customer ranking.
He cannot perform these functions at all currently and is not expected to for several more months at a minimum. Both of these situations have created a significant financial burden. There is a good insurance plan in place, however, not everything is covered and some of the medications are not covered at all.
Picking a number for how much we need to raise is just a guess, we really are not sure how long treatments will last, how long it will be until dad can get back to a more normal day to day schedule. On the outside chance, should we raise more funds than are needed to help get through this, any leftover funds will be used to support cancer programs such as Cancer Connection (a volunteer organization in Northampton, MA that has already provided support resources to dad - see http://cancer-connection.org/ ), dad's desire to promote cancer screening for early detection and so forth.
If you are not able to provide financial support via a donation, and if you are a Scentsy enthusiast, please feel free to order from dad's online Scentsy store at http://DanGreeley.Scentsy.us . He would earn his normal commission from any orders you place. If you have a club, team, school group or anything similar, we would be more than happy to help you organize a Scentsy Fundraiser to raise funds for your group, especially kids group. Dad loves to help youth groups and that would give him a mental boost as well.
Dad remains totally positive and has adopted a hashtag line of #HaveBelief. He would love to see you use it for whatever your need is ... for dad, he remains positive and will recover mostly because, as he says "I #HaveBelief".
On behalf of my mom, sisters and brothers, thank you very much.
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