On Friday, April 20, 2018, I was diagnosed with small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of prostate cancer that had already infiltrated my entire prostate. This had been the root of intense pain I had been living with since the previous November. Now, I find myself on a quick rush toward several expensive tests, a port-cath implanted into my chest, four rounds of chemotherapy (three weeks apart each), and the removal of my prostate gland should the chemo be successful. If the chemo is not successful, radiation therapy might be the follow-up step.
This is all new to me and I've spent most of my savings on previous surgeries and tests leading up to this diagnosis, so I find myself in a position where I have to create the means to fund these therapies, as a life-or-death situation demands I put aside my pride for the sake of survival.
Chemo means needing to take time off work, which means life's other bills will also start building up and needing to be paid. I don't know how much I'll really need by the end of all of this, so I may need to change the amount, so don't be surprised if that happens at some point.
If you can help, I am deeply grateful. If you can't donate now, sharing this is better than nothing, so please do. I'm am swallowing my pride as I make this, but it's for the sake of my survival. I want to beat cancer. I want to live.
To each of you who chose to help or have already helped me, I cannot thank you enough. I guess this is where I say something like "May the Force be with You."
Thank you, and don't take your life for granted. Live it. All of it.
- Reynold Higa
- Annette Ayres
- Theresa Blair
- Annette Ayres
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