In the past couple of months my father who served our country as a Marine, and Police Officer. Has been in and out of labs, ultrasounds, CT Scans, biopsy appointments and Colateral Surgery, all to find out that at the age of 45, a non smoker, healthy man has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Unfortunately it has spread to his lungs and liver. He will undergo aggressive chemo therapy followed by months of many hospital visits.
My dad started feeling poorly a couple months ago which he first thought was food poisoning. He gradually began to get worse, was then easily fatigued, but even so kept working long hours.
Then he finally went to the doctors (typical man). After many weeks of tests and blood work that didn’t show anything. Doctors thought it was an infection in his kidney. Therefore they scheduled a CT scan followed by a biopsy. Sadly now we have just been told he has terminal cancer. They say they will do aggressive chemotherapy, but this will only be to prolong his life.
I can't believe that only just 6 months ago during my wedding he was my normal dad. Now he's unrecognizable, so poorly and hasn't had much energy to speak. He is also not coping with the news and is emotionally and psychologically all over the place.
With every appointment, procedure, treatment comes a cost. A cost that we didn’t prepare for. Because of this, he has not been able to work and short term disability unfortunately doesn’t provide full pay. As much as we want to keep this to ourselves and just deal with it, we have asked God to give us the strength to let other people help. This isn’t the easiest things to do but we are out of options.
Thank you and God bless.
Heavenly father, be with all cancer fighters empower them with hope for each and every day surround them with loving care, laughter and support. Grant them your complete healing! Amen.
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