On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, doctors told us he was diagnosed with diffuse large b cell lymphoma, stage 4.
In July, Stephen began to get sick with what began as jaundice and led to many procedures to put a stent in his bile duct, as that was blocked. However, after having many tests (CT scans, PET scans, MRIs, X-Rays, you name it) doctors saw different masses that were formed around his organs, starting with his lung and heart, then appearing around his kidney. Biopsy after biopsy, endoscopy after endoscopy, more scans after more scans, nothing was found. He spent weeks at a time at various hospitals throughout New York.
Stephen began to feel excruciating pain in his shoulder, groin, hip and knee in January. After surgery to remove and biopsy his lymph node and then to biopsy his bone marrow, still no answers. It wasn't until the biopsy of his bone in his neck/shoulder in the beginning of April when we finally received the answer of stage 4 lymphoma.
Stephen begins chemotherapy Wednesday, April 10, 2019. He will have treatments every three weeks for the next six months. Because he has been to three different hospitals, various specialists, his medical bills are astronomical. We would love for Steve to have help regarding these bills. Additionally, he has only been able to work a total of four out of the past nine months. This has been a financial hardship.
Thank you for your help. You can only imagine what this means to our family!
Steve with our family, his parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews.
Steve and his five friends since childhood. They all meet every year and spend the weekend together at a cabin upstate NY.
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