After much soul searching, I have decided to reach out to family and friends. I believe all of you know that John and I are extremely hard working people. We aren’t happy unless we’re busy! John has worked for many years, day and night, weekends and holidays, to support our family. Now that our children are older, he’s conditioned to continue working those crazy hours... mostly because he really loves his job! He is a wonderful police officer and truly loves to help others.. at work as well as in his personal life. If someone needs something, John is there!
I too love helping others and have recently undertaken the challenge of opening a holistic healing center. For the last 2 months I have put in long hours each and every day to ready the building for our grand opening on Aug 3rd. I have secured practitioners who will rent space as part of our healing collective, which is wonderful. This venture has not only taken lots of sweat equity, but also all of our savings. Starting a business of this magnitude does not come without putting some financial backing behind it.
So.. now for the devastating news. Just this past week (in the midst of my final push for the business opening) John had a routine colonoscopy (thankfully mandated by our insurance company) which revealed a tumor. The biopsy results came back as cancer. He will need surgery to remove part of his sigmoid colon. The positive news is that cat scans show that it is contained there and has not spread elsewhere. After my putting the surgeon through the ringer with questions,
John’s only question was “when can I go back to work?”
Anyone who knows John knows that he’s been hit by cars, torn his ACL and been roughed up at work.. only to go back for more as soon as he possibly can.
This procedure will require at least 4-6 weeks recovery. I am trying to tell John that this is a wake up call to examine his lifestyle. That he needs to slow it down, take it easy and evaluate the number of hours and stress he puts his body through. Of course, he’s worried because of my business expenses and I feel terribly guilty about that. I even feel bad that I may not be able to be by his side as much as he will need me because of my need to get my business off the ground!
I have chosen to do this Gofundme campaign to establish a “cushion” for us so that John will not be spending his time recovering worrying about money and rushing back to work. If I can tell him we’ll be ok, perhaps he can take the time to rest and heal properly instead of strong-arming the doctors to sign off for him to get back on the job!
He does not know I’m doing this and I’d like to keep it that way if possible. I know he’s a prideful, hard working guy. It’s a difficult thing for either one of us to ask for help... we always manage on our own.. but this time I’m doing it for my husband... the man who works so hard so that I can realize my dreams. He never says “No” and he is my biggest fan!
Please help me put his mind at ease. Any amount will be so greatly appreciated and of course, your thoughts and prayers will help tremendously and I’m a firm believer in the power of collective intention!
Thank you for letting me share our story! For any updates or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
With Much Love & Gratitude,
- Lori Torrano
- Patrick Mccarthy
- Mônica& Joe (Lucas) Quisgard
- Bryan Deak
- Doria Weinstein
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