In 2015-2016 Gary did six months of chemotherapy after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor that created a blockage in his colon. We were thrilled in May of 2016 when he was declared cancer free.
For the last few months we believed the pain in Gary's abdomen when he ate was due to scar tissue from two previous abdominal surgeries causing a blockage, which is very common. After surgery on November 17th, Dr. Lowe, Gary's surgeon, gave us the following information and prognosis. She had removed a cancerous tumor which was causing a serious blockage, but would not be able to do anything about the rest of the cancer that had spread throughout his abdomen. He would have six months to two or maybe three years to live. He would need to have chemotherapy for the rest of his life.
We were trying to hold off on any surgery until January when we would have health insurance, but we could wait no longer. We had bought health insurance earlier, but when every claim we submitted was denied, we cancelled it. We didn't realize that you could only sign up for health insurance at certain times of the year.
Both the surgeon and the oncologist have told him that he will not be able to work and that he is officially and truly disabled. It's easy to surmise that with Gary not being able to work and Social Security Disability (which will never be enough) not starting for five months we are in quite a pickle to be able to pay medical and living costs not only for the next six months, but for the rest of Gary's life.
There are milestones that Gary's family would not only like him to witness, but be healthy enough to be a part of and enjoy.
In September Gary and I celebrated our 37th anniversay. We have had so much fun and had so many adventures over the years. I know we have led a very blessed life and it sounds greedy, but I want more time to be able to add to that list of adventures.
Sam would love to have his dad there when he graduates from SNHU and also continue to watch his children grow.
Abby wants her dad to be able to walk her down the aisle and hold and play with her children.
Gary has three grandchildren by Sam and his wife, Erin, who would love to have their Pa around for as long as possible. Pa is famous for his jokes, play battles, drone flying, and best of all, epic and sometimes painful pillow fights.
Colin, 14, is a freshman in high school.
Kiera, 10, is in fourth grade.
Cole, 6, is in first grade.
Gary has four sisters, Bev, Gayle, Terri, and Kim who would love to have more time with their Bub.
We want do everything we can to fight Gary's cancer and extend his life for as long as possible so he can continue to build wonderful memories with us all, but we can't do it alone.
We are not used to asking for help and never dreamed of doing a GoFundMe campaign, but we have had quite a few people close to us suggest it, so we thought we should give it a go. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.
Having read our story, whether you can donate or not, please don't put off getting a colonoscopy. It's a simple procedure that could save your life and life is a precious gift from God.
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