At the beginning of March 2018, Eric caught the cold that was going around. His coughing got so bad that he had to go to the hospital. Initially he was diagnosed with COPD and put on an inhaler. Then it started... There were x-rays, mri's and ct scans that were done. The doctors found a mass on one lung that had spread to the other lung and it was working it's way up the side of his neck. A biopsy was done and the doctors told him that it was non-small cell squamous lung cancer and it was stage 3. It was changed a week and a half later to stage 4. The doctors also discovered a brain tumor on the right side of his brain and if all that wasn't enough to bear, they also found that he has small cell squamous bone cancer in his hips and legs.
Needless to say, this diagnosis has hit his family, friends and community hard. How could a healthy, vibrant 45 year old have this hit so hard, so fast. All his friends are worried and we are all stepping in with support and help with things that he and his family need. Angela is continuing to work as she can and go to all of his appointments with him. His step-sister, Wendy, has been such a huge help with knowing the right questions to ask and helping to explain what will be happening and how.
The doctors have started him on chemotherapy as of April 2nd and every Monday. The surgery to remove the brain tumor is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th. They will be resuming the chemo and start radiation when he is recovered from the surgery. As of right now, the prognosis is good, but it could change at any time. In the meantime, it means that Eric isn't able to work a full week and due to the chemo, feels exhausted for awhile. He is determined to work any day that he feels well enough to do so. We will be keeping an eye on him so that he doesn't overdo it.
As we all know, insurance is great to have but there are expenses that are not covered like deductibles, co-pays, prescriptions, loss of wages and traveling to doctors and hospitals. While finances look somewhat adequate in the beginning, these expenses take their toll and can leave a family in dire straits in no time at all. Because of this, we are asking for any help for Eric, Angela and their family. Any donation, whether large or small, is very much appreciated. We are also asking for lots of prayers that God will give peace, comfort and a return to health.
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