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Living Expenses during Cancer and Treatment

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Venmo: @stephenphagen

Hey y'all, this past fall I found a cyst growing in my neck and after months of investigation and tests it was determined to be Thyroid Cancer. I was feeling more and more unwell as time went on and eventually had to stop working for a couple of months before my eventual surgeries. During these months I tried several different alternative treatments and worked to keep my health going as well as possible. Though nothing seemed to reverse the cancer, I'm glad I was able to take it easy and give my body the rest and resources it needed to keep it at bay.

I have since had my first surgery which removed my thyroid entirely and also a good portion of the lymph tissue in my right neck. My next surgery will be to remove lymph tissue from the middle of my chest. After that, the plan is to give me Radioactive Iodine to clear out any residual thyroid cells left in my body. I won't be able to work for a while, while I recover. Thankfully, insurance is covering nearly all the medical costs of the treatment. However, since I haven't been able to work for a bit and won't be for a while longer, I could use some help with living expenses.

So, if you feel like helping out a bit, that'd be awesome and I'd appreciate it! Please don't if you're not in a position to, or if it would cause you any stress. And if you wanna use Venmo instead, that would help because there is no fee :)

I would also caution anyone reading that if you have a hunch that something might be wrong in your body and you have the means to get it checked out, you do so! I had a feeling something was off for a long time before it eventually got weird enough that I got it checked out.

Update April 5th: Second surgery was a success and I am recovering. Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out and to those who have donated.

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Stephen Hagen
Candia, NH

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