My name is Amy. My husband was diagnosed with AML (leukemia) in July of 2022, just 2 weeks before his 50th birthday. This unexpected news completely changed our lives completely. Lou had been battling illness since having COVID the year before. He never seemed to bounce back and constantly had issues up to his diagnosis. Most of that time prior to being diagnosed he was pulled from work as he was concidered disabled.
When he was diagnosed, he went through a series of chemotherapy treatments and was required to stay in the hospital for 61 days.
I became the sole provider for our family. In the months to come, Lou remained out of work and continued to get treatment. Because of this, I had to take FMLA to carr for him and our children. I unfortunately was not paid for this time and we relied on savings amd me cashing out my 401k. I was out of work for 9 months. As you can imagine this took a major financial toll on us. We struggled and still struggle to stay a float to pay our regular bills on top of the expenses that come with cancer.
Lou went into remission and I went back to work. He still was not able to work as he jad to regain his strength, continue treatments and get better.
Unfortunately in September after routine testing we were notified that Lou was no longer in remission and would need to begin treatments again. This news was devastating as he had just been cleared to go back to work and was about to start a new job.
That never happened. During the time I was out on FMLA we did get minimal assistance from DSS, but as soon as I returned all of that was taken away as they said we made to much money.
This time has been a struggle having to have one provider responsible for all the bills. We have gotten delinquent on everything from credit cards, electric bill, cars and the beautiful home we just bought. We are now facing pre foreclosure and I am beside myself with how I will manage all of this.
We lost our beloved Lou on November 8 to this horrible and disgusting disease very unexpectedly. At age 51, you never think you need to prepare for the end of your life. This as you can imagine has a significant impact on the family now. We were not prepared or ready for this.
Most know that me asking for help is hard and not something I find easy to do.
But I have to take care of my family and keep a roof over my head and be able to celebrate the life Lou had and have our proper goodbye
I am asking for donations to help and support all the financial hardships we are facing and will continue to face.
I will need time off from work to be able to process this, support my kids emotionally and to focus on healing from this heart break. I do not have any paid time off and any time off I take will be unpaid, which is something I am not financially prepared for.
If you can donate I will be more than greatful and if you only can just share this with someone else, I would love that.
I am forever blessed and thankful for all the love and support we have been given this past year.