My fiancé just turned 30 years old a few days ago. But we couldn't even celebrate his birthday as he's in the hospital for the last two months battling a grade 4 Gliblastoma in his spinal cord.
Our cancer journey started on November 10th 2019, after suffering from extreme neck pain for a few weeks and multiple doctors sending him back home saying it's probably a gym injury, we finally found a neurologist that took his pain seriously and sent him to get an MRI.
They immediately saw the tumor in the thoracic region of his spinal cord and sent us to a clinic to have it removed.
even though the German health system is not bad, but being a publicly insured patient makes everyone treat you like you're second class. they took longer than they should to have the surgery done. on 15.11.2019 they removed the tumor, but the surgery caused him to lose neurological functions and become tetraplegic.
The hospital released him into a rehabilitation facility and told us to wait for the lab results to determine what type of tumor it was. 3 weeks later after much back and forth I received a copy of the pathology report with the much dreaded results. They have had it for those 3 weeks and lied about it for reasons unknown to us and wasted more of our precious time!
We've been waiting ever since for his radiation and chemotherapy to start even though it's obviously a time sensitive matter. But at least he's been slowly getting better at learning to move his limbs again..
While going through all of these downs, he was allowed home for one night on new year's eve to recharge, as it has been, understandably, an emotionally wrecking time.
a few minutes after midnight someone threw huge fireworks through our second floor apartment window and burned our apartment down..
To say that this has been a hard period of time is the understatement of the century..
In the midst of all the bad news, we heard of a microbiologist who performs electro-magnetic therapy for cancer patients to try and prolong their survival time. This is the little ray of hope we are desperately hanging on to! but the insurance won't cover it..
but being both students, with our little savings already wiped out by hospital bills and the aftermath of a burned place, we have no other option to pay for this promising treatment.
I'm appealing to your generosity to help us in this horrible time of need in any way you can!