It wasn’t supposed to be like this. This wasn’t the game plan…asking for financial assistance as adults for our adult son’s cancer fight. I don’t even know where to begin.
Like so many, we did all the right things as we built our life together. And we have an amazing grown son to remind us of our blessings as a family. Our little Bobby has grown into a man we are proud of. He holds down a full-time job and treasures his bride-to-be. He enjoys cars and spending quality time with his Granny (so do all his friends).
But the last few years have left us struggling. My husband contracted West Nile Virus in 2009 which led to spinal meningitis and Sensory Neuropathy, and then I suffered an injury at work which only allows me to work part-time. Lately, I’ve been working as a driver for Sienna Shuttle in my spare time to keep us out of bankruptcy. My mother came to live with us 13 years ago and we also support her. Then, a month ago my brother from Indianapolis came to live with us, and we had to squeeze in another mouth to feed. Of course, by this time, our savings was long gone.
A glimmer of hope kept us going when our son and his fiancé announced their engagement and we began planning their wedding…for October 2019…just three months from now! And then the unthinkable stopped us in our tracks. My son went to have a cyst removed and he was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer known as leiomyosarcoma. Truly, I cannot even describe the numbness I feel. He has no health insurance. NONE. The surgery is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 2019, and we have no way to pay for it. $5,000 just for the surgical removal and surrounding tissue. After that, we will transfer him to MD Anderson for follow-up care, including further testing to determine if it has metastasized. Likely, he will require scans every six months as this is a long-term illness. We now estimate the total expenses to be approximately $10,000.
I want to be this amazing mom, but there are so many unanswered questions. Where is this money supposed to come from? I just keep shaking my head in disbelief. But then, I remember the goodness of my Lord and Savior. He never said this life would be easy, just that we would never be alone. Lowering my pride, I recall James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
And so, here we are. My pride is gone. My head is bowed. And I’m on Go Fund Me asking for financial help from our friends, family, strangers…anyone who is moved to help. And we are grateful for ANYTHING. If you find it in your heart to contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you are moved to offer prayers for a successful surgery and follow-up, we are deeply thankful for that, too. We no longer take anything for granted. May the Lord bless you and keep you.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/leiomyosarcoma/cdc-20387733