After a battle with his doctors back home over treatment, we were fortunate enough to get Mike admitted with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta. This hospital has been the biggest blessing to us during this time. His new oncology team seems very optimistic that his personal chemo/radiation treatments will shrink his cancer, however it is very unlikely that he will never be "cancer-free." Mike is unable to eat or drink due to the nodes on his trachea as well as the nausea that comes with the chemo. He has lost 36 pounds within the last three weeks, and is absolutely miserable due to the tumors sitting on his nerves by his spine.
After his dianosis, Mike, who has worked extremely hard for his entire adult life (and much of his childhood), had to leave his job. On top of absolutely devestating news and pain, we are now dealing with the financial strain of medical bills, as well as travel expenses and basic living costs. The CTCA is kind enough to assist us with discounted hotel rooms, however as anyone who has ever been touched by cancer can tell you, the medical bills are absolutely overwhelming, and Mike has all but run out of money for even basic needs and bills, much less the prescriptions and medical bills that are piling up each and every day.
Mike moved down to North Carolina from his home in Minnesota in 1988. He is not married, and all of his family both close and extended live an average of 19 hours away, with the exception of his only child, my husband Paul. Paul and I have been with Mike every step of this difficult process, but with that precious time comes time away from work. We are doing everything that we can to financially assist, but at this point our pockets are extremely thin and we have officially run out of options. I am looking to Go Fund Me for help, because we have looked everywhere else with little to show for it.
Mike is a 10 year veteran, a loving father, and is all around one of the most deserving, hard-working, and humble people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Anyone who knows him knows that he would spend his last cent to help someone in need, and I pray that he knows how much we love and care for him. We are reaching out for help, not because we want to, but because we desperately need to in order for him to keep up his treatment as well as to keep his home and vehicle from being repossessed as he is no longer able to work or bring in any money. If you are able to donate, THANK YOU, any amount helps and is so SO appreciated. If you cannot donate, a share and a prayer would mean the world to Mike, Paul, and myself.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. #prayformike #beatcancer #lungcancerawareness #fcancer
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