Please help my family

My family and I are not usually the type of people to ask for help. Especially my sick grandfather. He was diagnosed with cancer for a 3rd time. This time it was more severe than he ever let any of us know. 7 years ago they cut his esophagus in half and brought the stomach up into his chest. He was after diagnosed with stomach cancer. He went through a 10 hour procedure on April 3rd, where they removed 14 inches off his colon and brought his esophagus lower, completely took out the stomach and attached the esophagus into 4 different spots. Right after surgery he was doing well. He was walking and talking. Almost on his way home.. he thought. That day he went for more tests to see if he can be on his way home and they found infections within the new connections in the esophagus, very bad infection of pneumonia. They had to go back into the OR. Before hand he was having anxiety because the first surgery was a blessing he made it through now he has another.. they mixed his anxiety medicine with Oxycodone and Ativan. He was unresponsive from the time they gave him the medicine to the time the doctors came back to realize he was not just sleeping. They narcaned him to bring him back to us. It all went down hill from there... he has not been the same since. When they asked him if he knew who his wife and daughter were he shook his head no. He went into surgery and out of surgery with a heart beat but unresponsive. Since that day... going on our third week my grandfather has yet to say a word. He suffered 2 heart attacks during this time, one being right in front of my eyes. He had a collapsed lung and another infection in the abdomen. They just recently took out his breathing tube and put a trach in to minimize the bacteria. They entered more drains into his stomach to help get rid of the infection. My grandfather can no longer go under for any more surgeries so it is completely up to his body to fight this off. The doctors gave us a 50/50 chance of him making this because they can no longer predict what will work and not work. During all of this my mother and grandmother have been sleeping on couches in the ICU section at Moffit Cancer Center. Even after this long recovery the future plans are that my grandfather will be in the hospital for a while then to a rehab center and then have an in home nurse. On top of this my grandparents are both retired and all these bills are going to get super expensive. Any little bit can help my family get by during this extremely tough time. Like I said, my pop pop would never let anybody know he needs something. It would be super appreciated. Even if you cannot donate anything, please just pray that he recovers. Our lives would be torn apart without him Thank you.


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Alexis Eileen 
Bayville, NJ
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