He had been working away from home for over 1 year with periodic visits home for special events and doctor appointments. Over the past year he experienced dramatic weight loss which everyone was seeing * but he was seeing his doctor and was diagnosed with things like probable COPD at one point and pneumonia at another.
In January some men he worked with witnessed him passing out on a jobsite and drove him home from Austin, Tx to Arlington, Tx. He went to the hospital and at that time they addressed his fall injury from passing out but would not do further testing as to 'why' he passed out just stating that was not what he was in the ER for.
Sally began calling and calling and recalling the Dr for answers and further testing. Now that he was home she was able to see just how often he was passing out and also noticed that as the day went on and he tired he became very confused. Finally she was able to get him scheduled for cat scans and MRIs. That is when they found the mass on his brain.
During surgery a pathologists was on standby and was able to determine the mass was not a cyst but rather a malignant tumor.
Days of waiting - Friday March 2, 2018 confirmed a diagnosis of Lung Cancer which had metastasized to his brain. The surgeon was able to remove 100% of the tumor on his brain however he needs radiation treatment 5 days per week to help ensure no cells were left behind. He is on a chemotherapy schedule of 3 days every 3 weeks.
As of March 2, 2018 his employer had to place him on personal leave as he is not able to travel which his position requires.
He is by no means able to return to work currently in any manner due to cognitive recovery from the brain surgery and a subsequent stroke he had (we believe during the night of March 3).
The only income into their home at this time is Sallys retirement. Tim will be applying for Social Security Disability (we are working with this and medical records) but there is a mandatory 5 month waiting period to collect that first Social Security Check. That makes that check 6 months away. In that time they will still be incurring all monthly living expenses from housing and utilities and food but also Dr visit copays, medications etc. They are by no means looking to take a trip buy clothing, etc simply just trying to make monthly necessities and bills with only 1 income. Not to mention in about 30 days they will start receiving the medical bills for their deductibles and percentages. Although they can probably push aside the hospital itself they wont be able to do that with the doctors as he will still need to see them.
Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. What might seem menial to one person could really make a huge difference for them as they begin this struggle and hopefully it will help lessen one of the stressers they are now looking straight at. Thank you!
- Bruce Baraw
- Pat and Pam Archambault
- Cindy Sumal
- Cheryl Dunleavy
- Lynne Kumnick
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