I know that Christine, Sean, Allie and Cate would never ask any of us for help no matter how much they needed it but I also know that they would likely be the first to offer help if we were ever in need and that is why I thought this would be appropriate and deserving.
Based on my profession, I know that their medical bills are going to begin to pile up, their household incomes are going to begin decreasing and their daily household expenses are going to quickly increase. My hope is that through a little contribution from each of us, we can help them carry this weight and weather this storm. I wanted to share a quote that I believe encompasses our duty to help those around us in their time of need.
“If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.”― Dr. Askhari Johnson Hodari
I know that not everyone is at a time and place in their lives where they can contribute financially. For those of you that cannot, please simply continue to offer up your prayers and support.
Finally, a few days ago I asked Christine to send me a quick summary of the past 14 days to share with those of you that are close to her family.
Here is what she sent:
Sean’s had a rough August/September- Vertigo had him debilitated and led the doctor to run blood tests that showed Sean struggling with anemia. He prescribed him some iron (and a colonoscopy that was set for 9/14) and warned him that the iron might be hard on his stomach with cramping. The weekend of the 25th, Sean was experiencing some pain in his abdomen, but we assumed it was the iron wreaking some havoc. Sean went to work on Monday and Tuesday, but by Tuesday night he was feeling nauseous and kind of dizzy, but we figured it was the leftover effects of Vertigo and he went to bed. He woke up in the middle of the night with shivering and sweating, what we now suspect was the abscess that was later discovered had burst and his body was trying to battle the toxins. I had gone to work and thankfully Greg told me about his experience so I rushed home to take Sean to the ER where they found the ruptured abscess and thought Sean had diverticulitis. They began running tests and scans to find the cause of the abscess and it was then that things began to turn much more serious. Sean was admitted to the hospital and surgery was moved from Monday to Sunday to give Sean his best chance of recovering a “normal” life. Thankfully, the surgeon was able to remove a large tumor that was obstructing his lower intestine before too much damage was done. Dr. Strobos utilized robotics to laparoscopically remove the toxic section and connect the intestine so that Sean will not face another surgery in the imminent future nor will he have to have any outward appliances to live. We still don’t have the biopsy or pathology reports, but at this point we do know that Sean is facing anywhere from 6 months to a year of chemotherapy. The girls and I are overwhelmed by much right now, but most of all we are in awe of the love and support we’re receiving. When Sean and I began our lives together 25 years ago, we had no idea how many amazing people would become a part of our journey. We are so thankful for the caring and thoughtful words, prayers and tangible acts of love.
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