He's been wrestling with diabetes for years, but the situation has become more complicated.
The doctors quickly surmised a major issue; blocked arteries to the brain. Yes, arteries, plural. One is only fifty percent (insofar as I can say only when talking about blocked arteries to the brain) while the other is a full hundred-percent obstructed by plaque. In the long-term, this puts him at drastically higher risk for a stroke, but obviously it's taking its toll already. And the toll is more than physical.
Phil is a pastor, traditionally cared for by the congregation he shepherds, but with no insurance to cover him, his costs will be very high indeed. The surgery that would be required to fix his clots typically costs anywhere from $8-12k, and the particular version of the surgery being considered rests on the higher end of that range. Throw in an anagram for the unknown bacterial infection on his legs, plus treatment, and we're probably looking at costs upward of $20,000.
That's not all.
Phil's amazing wife, my 'Aunt' Dian, is a full-time mother of two teenage boys (as a brother of two boys, I can testify that this is a full-time job, and then some). She has not been properly on the workforce for years, and will have a very difficult time supporting her husband and kids while Phil is unable to perform his duties at the church.
Our hope and prayer is that God will provide for the healing of Phil and the sustenance of his family. I say "our" hope and prayer, because Phil is not alone. He is surrounded by his family, and he is also being tended to by those in his congregation. But we need your help.
I'm not exactly strapped with cash, but I'm giving what little I have to help-- and it won't be a lot. Maybe a few cups of coffee a week.
But it doesn't have to be a lot, because I won't be alone.
If you want to know more, or want to send some letters of encouragement, please reach out to Dian at [email redacted]. Please let your church families know about Pastor/Uncle Phil and the plight of his family so they can help through prayer and giving.
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