Three years ago he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a scaring of the lungs. As he is a non-smoker, it is believed years of working in a chemical environment may have contributed to his condition. He requires a bi-lateral lung transplant. When his lungs worsened he was placed on an On-call wait list. This surgery would require them travelling and temporarily residing in Edmonton, Alberta.
In preparing for the bi-lateral lung transplant, he was then diagnosed with stomach Cancer. Thus the lung surgery was postponed. Numerous Chemo treatments then followed and eventually he had to have his esophagus/stomach removed. While the surgery removed all the cancer, his recovery journey continues to challenge this couple.
There are breathing challenges (Now requiring full time oxygen),
Eating challenges (Which includes some feeding by tube),
Mobility challenges (Due to severe shortness of breath and requiring specialized equipment),
Everyday normal home and maintenance challenges (Who can do it?)
Financial challenges (Brenda has been his primary care provider and as such work outside of the home has been minimal)
Added travel costs (As they reside out of town there are added travel costs to numerous medical appointments).
While the journey has been arduous, Darrell remains hopeful to have the much needed lung transplant.
While to some my goal may appear ambitious any contributions you could provide our brother would be greatly appreciated. Funds raised will offset the financial stresses of additional medical equipment and transportation needs…. Sincerely Val Adamik …
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