Liz's Cancer Battle

In October of 2017, my wife, Liz, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. In ways, this was the end of a long and exhausting journey to find out why she had been constantly ill for over a year. Of course, in reality, it was just the beginning of a long journey. 

She began her 6 months of chemo with more than a few bumps in the road. Her chemo port was placed improperly, leading to fluid build-up around her right lung that caused it to collapse. She had to have a chest tube inserted (while fully awake) to drain the fluid and heal her lung. A few days later, Liz had her port surgery corrected and chemo was delayed a week. Instead of feeling strong and determined, she now felt beat up and tired. 

That was all the week before Thanksgiving. Now, it's April, and we have 2 more months before the end of Chemo. Liz has been getting her chemo infusions every 2 weeks for the past 4 months. She had to complete a full 6 months of chemo due to a significant amount of cancer present throughout her chest, neck and armpits. Her last scan showed great improvement, and Lord willing, her treatment will be over at the end of May. 

We are very blessed to have good insurance but even with that, we have some sizable bills to pay, mostly from anaesthia and two additional hospital stays due to a severe reaction to chemo, as well as a virus. The $3,000 will help pay these bills before they go to collections. Paying bills has been made harder during this time, because Liz has been unable to work, as treatment has been very hard on her. She has responded very sensitively. God has blessed me with 2 great jobs (being a worship leader and a Graphic Designer) but these extra bills have put a heavy burden on our finances during a time when I would much rather be focusing on taking care of my wife. 

Paying these bills would allow us to focus on getting Liz well, now, and post-treatment, without financial debt over our head. The journey of being cancer-free and staying well will continue after treatment ends, and we are trying to prepare ourselves. There are so many unknowns in life. There are many things we cannot control. We pray to move forward in the peace of God and put fear behind us. 

We want to say a huge "Thank You" to any of you who feel compelled to help us get through this financial struggle. We also want to say thank you to the many of you who have been praying, cooking meals and being our friends while we face this season of suffering.


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Brian Ott 
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