On March 7th 2017 Our lives were forever changed, after Lars received the devastating diagnosis of Stage 3 Advanced Lung Cancer. After the shock wore off ,and reality sank in, we decided for us, it would be best to keep his diagnosis to our immediate family and friends in our very small but mighty circle of support. As you can imagine it was a lot to take in. A lot to accept and a lot for me to learn as his caregiver. I was already feeling overwhelmed and I knew I wouldn't be able to handle replying and returning every phone call, email, text message and facebook message I was sure would come pouring in. My focus was where it needed to be and that was on Lars treatments and on taking care of Lars. I had a lot to learn and a short time to learn it to prepare myself for the road ahead. Lars was determined from day 1 to beat this and that determination has been phenomenal to see. Through it all, he never accepted defeat. Throughout the end of his grueling treatment regime, he still worked, days he could hardly even get out of bed, he still worked. When the treatments finally took their toll on his body, and after he had explained he had gone through 4 rounds of Chemo and 6 weeks of radiation, he was let go (Fired). This was about two weeks after his medical insurance had kicked i. We desperately needed that. It was our last hope for helping with the mountain of medical bills that were piling up. We had two different advocates working to help us find some kind of assistance, anything, After exhausting all efforts, options and agencies we were denied every time. Always on the cusp of qualifying but not quite there. You can imaging the level of frustration and desperation. So now, here we are in a frightening and vulnerable place. After blowing through our entire 401K and our savings , and still a long road ahead, we are needing some help. Just this past Friday we had to have a PET/CAT scan totaling $1315.60. We have follow ups next week and we have no idea how we are going to be able to keep those appointments and a roof over our heads at the same time. We can't stop going to the doctors, that's like quitting the race right before reaching the finish line, and that's unacceptable. If that weren't enough to deal with, while I was caring for Lars a few months ago I found a lump in my left breast. I have gone through the same process, agencies, and advocates trying to get some assistance, to get my own health in check, to no avail. I've been waiting for 2 months to receive call backs, information in the mail, and ....nothing. Anyone who reads this, probably has suggestions, on who to call, I assure you, since last March, we have called them. Emotions, fear and anxiety are at an all time high, and that has brought us to where we are today. We are setting up a GO FUND ME account. We have fought this battle together and refuse to give up now. We have done our best but unfortunately it's just not enough. We want to thank you for reading this and if all you're able to do is keep us both in your thoughts and prayers that's greatly and equally appreciated. It's been through prayer and the grace of GOD that we've made it this far , but we still have a long road ahead. Anyone who reads this is welcome to share on their page , in prayer groups, anything is appreciated. Thank you Renee, Veronica, Mark, Joe E., Joe D., Jenifer and Bob, Jennifer WC, Kari, Patti and Scott ,Keva and Chase, Christina FK and Rita T. and to the others who have been such pillars of support, we are forever grateful. We will be keeping you all updated on both of our health journeys as things change and new news arises. I will do my best to answer as many questions as I can but it may take a little time so please understand you're not being ignored. Thank You again for reading, praying and sharing.
God Bless You All, Dawn and Lars