Though I am not normally the type of person to ask ... this is serious. This is not a test. This is the real thing !
The Dr. said without surgery he's giving me roughly 6 months.
Even after having finally quit smoking in Feb. of 2016, & alcohol in April of 2017, a second bout of pneumonia & subsequent X-rays reveal I have ( you guessed it ... the " C " word ) Cancer of my vocal cords & upper chest ( but not my lungs ) to the point that in order to contain what I have & keep it from spreading I'm going to have to have my vocal cords & some additional upper chest tissue cut out altogether. I already had Radiation treatments for cancer on my vocal cords that cleared up ok, so no Radiation or Chemo, just straight to surgery. Here's something else you probably never thought you'd ever hear from the likes of me, ( those who know me personally ) ... I'm really scared y'all.
I'm working with my dearest & closest friend Kim Mitchell to get a FundMe Page started. I dropped out of school in March of 2014 & filed for Social Security Disability because my feet hurt so bad for so long I wasn't willing to do anything until something got done about my feet. Since I had no Insurance I couldn't afford to see a Doctor, I just turned to alcohol for pain relief. Not too bright. Since having been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy early in 2015 I was finally referred to a Pain Management Clinic for some pain relief. The standard remedies for Neuropathy, from Gabbapentin to Lyrica, had absolutely no effect. My feet hurt so bad I just wanted them amputated. As if all this weren't enough, my Mom passed on in Nov. of 2016 & my Dad lost her Social Security income. All of my Dr.s Office visits & prescriptions are coming out of his pocket. Being an over-qualified white protestant christian republican male over 50 I don't stand a chance in hell of getting a decent paying job with benefits. I haven't worked since UPS in 2013 but I'm sure I'll be the next to be accused of Sexual Harassment. I enrolled at ITT-Tech thinking a Degree might help my earning potential to have ITT-TECH file Chapter 7 & shut down on me 2 quarters shy of my Associates Degree in June of 2016. So much for that idea. My health has deteriorated to the point I can barely keep myself & this house clean much less take a full-time job. I can't get Social Security because I'm under 65 & have no children under 18. I, of course, was denied Disability & my Attorney Advocate has bailed on me on the last & final Appeal so I'm gonna have to find another attorney & keep fighting. The Dr.s office visits are expensive enough & the prescriptions even worse. If I hadn't qualified for Food Stamps being an unemployed Student my Dad & I would be starving to boot. 2 bouts of pneumonia has left me in need of a "puffer" & regular breathing treatments. I need two root canals & crowns. I've got 4 cavities. I have cataracts that make night driving a nightmare. I am an absolute mess ! Please help.
So, as it is, I'm doing what I can to keep a positive attitude, stay busy, cook & clean, & study sign language, attend church when I'm up to it. I still get to run sound & record sermons. Who knows, without a voice there might be a whole new career in it for me. I still love playing & listening to music & working with computer networking. So, when that FundMe Page shows up, please be generous & help all you can.
Matthew 5:29 : And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
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