This is not supposed to happen to anyone, especially someone just blessed with a beautiful newborn to care for, love, laugh, nurture, guide, and protect. Life is filled with so many twists and turns.
Although this news would knock anyone down, our brother faced it head on. What more motivation than to want to live to see your baby girl grow. He started chemotherapy two weeks later. He was feeling good. Obviously, as any aggressive treatment for cancer will do, he grew tired and weak but continued to work and provide for his family.
In late February, Marquise noticed a bump on his back. Further scans revealed new tumors on his spine, hip and back. He underwent three rounds of radiation. After starting to feel pain in his neck and getting really bad headaches, they discovered he also had a tumor in his skull. At this point the radiation really wore him down. In early May, he decided to take a leave of absence from his job to concentrate on taking better care of himself by following a stricter eating regimen along with exercise. He also wanted to spend more time with Marquise and Serenity.
Unfortunately, the hit and punches didn’t end there. A year after the initial diagnosis, he is now undergoing the last chemo treatment they can offer him. His tumors have increased 30%. Once this treatment is complete, JP’s only option is alternative medicine. This is not something that his insurance will cover and as many know, can be very expensive. This is the last option my brother and his family have.
My brother is no ordinary person. He definitely carries my mother’s strong bloodline and her will to fight. Just like my mother, I have yet to hear JP throughout this ordeal ask why this is happening? Why him? Why GOD, with all his power and might, would allow this to happen. He has been incredibly positive from day one. Daring this disease to take its best shot at him so he can swing back harder.
JP has been blessed with many things. A highly supportive wife in Marquise, and incredible in-laws that have literally treated him as their own son. While hundreds of miles separate us, we can’t help but think of our brother and what he’s going through every breathing moment of our day. We wish there was something we could do to provide comfort, and ease his pain.
JP is our hero. Because while we sense he’s taken many chinks in his armor as a result of all he’s endured to date, you won’t hear him second guess the path his life has taken. We don’t think, in fact know, you’ll meet anyone going through such a debilitating disease be as positive about things like our brother.
JP continues a long uphill battle. That is why after much debate about when to put something like this together, we finally reach out to you today. We kindly ask that you keep my brother and his family in your prayers…. and consider making a donation.
Even with insurance, medical bills can be a huge financial burden. From doctor’s bills and insurance co-payments, to travel costs and lost wages. Any donation you make can be of enormous help to him and his perfect little family.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read about my brother’s plight.
We will continue to post updates on his development, and again thank you for thinking of our hero and baby brother, Jean Paul Tamayo.￼