For a month and a half, he was unable to walk as he underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Tyler suffered greatly during this time. An alternative was desperately needed for him to not only have a chance of survival, but also to improve his quality of life if these were in fact his last days.
Tyler is a father to 5, an uncle to 3, and deeply loved by his family. He has many passions including: spending time with his children, the outdoors, fishing, and geology.
In early September, his father Roy Duquette suggested an alternative treatment. Tyler began sessions with cancer specialist, Doctor Lee, and Chinese medicine and herbalist, Dr. Che. A CAT scan was done in mid-October, and by early November we received the amazing news that his tumors were in fact, shrinking. The first good news in a long time, Tyler was relieved but soon realized he and his dad would not be able to afford the entirety of the program on their own. This treatment, though effective, is extremely costly and not covered by BC Health.
Tyler attends two appointments per week. The session starts with acupuncture which directs his energy to the tumors for healing and shrinkage. 30 needles are inserted, while he lies in a bed for 2 hours. At home, Tyler drinks a bitter herbal tea, and uses CBD oil to help with swelling, and allowing him to sleep. His treatments cost approximately $500 per week.
Had Tyler only continued with chemotherapy, he wasn’t expected to live past the end of September. Dr. Lee has said that Tyler is improving, and this is also clear to see from the changes in his CAT scan results.
We are aiming to raise $10,000, to completely cover all of his medical costs for the duration of this program. We reach out to anyone who is able to please help.
All finances are being managed by Tyler’s dad, Roy.
Our family would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous contributions to saving Tyler’s life. There’s still a long road ahead, but we are now hopeful that he will make it, with your support.
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