I am Con’s sister, Donna, and with Con and his wife Elisabeth’s permission, I have started this campaign to help ease the unexpected financial burden due to Con’s Kidney Cancer diagnosis, surgeries & treatment. We are all heartbroken to hear and learn of Con’s recent battle, the mental health aspect of this is huge and it’s scary of how cancer intersects a beautiful young family.
Tuesday 7th March 2023, Con was diagnosed with a very aggressive Cancer in his right kidney area. Renal Pelvis Carcinoma TCC to be exact. A large tumour of up to 4cm positioned in a very rare, uncommon, untreatable area listed as urgent Category 1 for immediate treatment.
The last couple of months, Con has had many tests, scans, X-rays, radiation procedures and two surgeries to determine next steps. Recent appointments with the Urologist, Oncologist, & Surgeon specialists, have discussed extensively within their team & health departments, confirming a full surgery procedure is necessary and is now booked in for Tuesday 23rd of May 2023.
Con has been advised not to make immediate plans for at least six months following the RADICAL RIGHT LAPAROSCOPIC NEPHROURETERECTOMY + OPEN LOWER END surgery. This is to cover the hospital stay, recovery time, and the chemo journey ahead.
To outline the surgical terminology, Con will be having his right kidney/tumour area removed; kidney, ureter/tumour (tubes between kidney & bladder) top part of the bladder & chemotherapy.
Since diagnosis, Con has been unable to work his day-job and perform as a musician alongside his fellow extended musician friends & band members of ‘Stonetrip’ due to all the many appointments and preservation of energy and health. After surgery, recovery & treatment is hard to anticipate of hospital stay, further hospital visits and chemotherapy treatment to begin his battle with cancer.
As co-provider for his family, Con & Elisabeth are already starting to feel the financial pinch of the unexpected expenses as well as every day living and providing for their children are only going to increase. This campaign is to ultimately raise funds to compensate loss of income earnings and assist with ongoing medical treatment costs for the coming months ahead.
Con & Elisabeth have been overwhelmed with love and support as the news has begun to spread. As you can imagine, the shocking news has been difficult to process, and they have needed to make a lot of decisions for their next steps in how to get through this together.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your consideration to support their family of any financial pressure that can be eased will greatly improve this stressful time and couldn’t be more deeply appreciative of any positive vibes you send their way.
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Together with your generosity, let’s try to reach as many as we can to make this mutual aid effort successful.
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