Julio Marquez Stage 4 cancer- We will overcome!

Title: Julio Marquez Stage 4 Cancer – We Will Overcome!


On February 12, 2020 my husband Julio Marquez went to the ER experiencing severe back pain, which we initially thought were a result of muscle spasms or perhaps kidney stones. Hours later, our hearts dropped as the doctor walked in the room and said, “Julio, you have a large tumor pushing on your organs which is causing your excruciating back pain.” At that very moment our lives would no longer be the same. Julio was rushed to Dr. Phillips hospital where he underwent a series of tests that could not be performed at the previous hospital.

 It was on February 14, 2020, that my husband, Julio Marquez, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on both his Adrenal Glands.

 The source site of the diagnosis is still unknown, they call it “Poorly Differentiated Carcinoma”. Due tonot knowing the place of origin of the cancer doctors have been reluctant to begin treatment. This life changing news itself has been difficult enough to process, however, the ramifications of the diagnosis have put an even heavier weight on our shoulders, as we currently have no medical insurance. Julio’s pain has been getting worse by the day, it has come to the point where he can’t even walk, stand, or sit for more than 5 minutes at a time.

 A team of Oncologists, who had previously agreed to investigate his cancer, may not be able to help us now due to our insurance situation. The amount of stress and the toll that this has taken on our family, to this point, is one that I hope and pray no other family would have to endure. As the matriarch of the family I wish I could fix everything, but as much as I feel the situation may be out of our control, it’s not out of God’s control. I refuse to focus on what we can’t do, and with faith focus on what God can do. We are both believing for a miracle, as Jesus said in the bible, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” I will continue to shower my husband with love, pray over him daily, and be a beacon of light in this chapter of our lives.

 Julio is an amazing husband and devoted father to 3 beautiful girls. He has always been extremely active, especially with his job as a maintenance technician, a job that he genuinely enjoyed doing up until recently, but unfortunately can no longer do. It breaks my heart to see my husband, who was so full of life, playing in softball leagues, throwing a football around with our oldest daughter, and teaching our middle daughter how to play volleyball before her tryouts, now be immobilized due to his cancer. One of the saddest days of his life was having to tell his youngest daughter that he would not be able to go and dance with her at this year’s “father daughter dance”, a dance that he’s never missed before.

 We have faith and know that our God will never leave us, that He will work all things out, and that this is our test which will one day become our testimony. We are positively believing that this time next year Julio will be attending our daughter’s final school “father daughter dance”. We are also looking forward to and believing that he will be able to resume attending our daughter’s sports games, cheering them on as their number one fan! We’re believing that our lives will get back to normal and we will continue to have monthly date nights. We’re believing that we will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary this year, dancing the night away! We’re believing that Julio will be healed! His energy will return, his infectious personality will continue to consume others, and he will be back on that field playing a sport he has loved his entire life.

 Recently, we were informed that his tumor is actively growing at an unexpected rapid pace. I am trying my hardest to fill out necessary paperwork, apply for available assistance, and contact hospitals to place him on a waiting list, work my full time job and take care of our three girls. Needless to say, it's been a bit overwhelming. We’ve already been blessed with so much love and support. We are beyond grateful to so many who have reached out to us and offered their thoughts and prayers, as well as those who have stepped in to help with watching our girls, cooking while we spent countless nights at the hospital, praying with us and giving us guidance and strength. We know that there’s a long road ahead and financially we know it’s going to get very difficult. With all of the recent and future medical visits, forthcoming treatments and pre-existing bills our savings will soon be depleted. We are kindly asking for you, your family and friends to pray for us and if in the position to kindheartedly consider donating financially to help us get through this difficult time. We know that there is power in prayer, so if you feel that you’re not in a place where you can give financially, that’s completely understandable and we just ask that you please share our families story and pray for us. We are tremendously grateful and appreciative for your time and contribution, and as you consider standing with us, we pray that God blesses you far more abundantly than ever imaginable.

 Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”


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