In May 2016, my father, my best friend, my dance partner, aged 60, was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called Ampullary cancer that forms in the digestive system, namely,the ampulla of Vater which accounts for less than 1% of all cancers worldwide. This news completly crushed my heart and turned my world up side down. Very little medical research is done with this diagnosis leaving patients to a great disadvantage. In fact, patients with this form of diagnosis are treated as if it were pancreatic cancer. Following his initial diagnosis, my father underwent extensive 12 hour surgery to remove the cancer with the hope that it would not reoccur knowing that it had a 70% recurrence rate. Sadly, on August 1st, 2017 his oncologist informed him that his cancer had returned and spread in several areas of his body including the bones and liver. He was only given up to one year survival outcome and that based on chemotherapy treatment alone. Although he bravely begins his palliative chemotherapy shortly, he wishes to try alternative medicine to his treatment regime with the hopes that it will extend his one year survival prognosis allowing him to spend more precious time with me, with his four grandsons, his partner and family. Given that many of the upcoming alternative medical expenses will run into the several thousands of dollars which are not covered under his current medical plan, I’m reaching out to people to kindly open their hearts and donate whatever they can thereby contributing to my father’s expenses and a chance to live longer.
#fightcancer #family #medicalexpenses
- Luc Sicard
- Tina Christensen
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