Steve ringing the bell at his oncologist after he finished his radiation.
Steve was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, stage 4 brain cancer in January of 2018. We had just moved to the beach in October of 2016, and gotten married on June 2, 2017. So, we were married 7 months when he was diagnosed. Our 1 year anniversary is coming up in about a month.
In January 2018, I took Steve to the hospital with a severe headache. They sent him home with pain meds and told him if the pain did not go away to come back. On January 10, I took him back. The pain was so bad that he could not stand it. That night, we were told that he had a mass in his brain. We were sent to Charleston the next day. The following day, Steve had brain surgery. They only took 1/2 of the tumor. That is all that they could get safely. Since then, Steve has went through radiation and chemo. He finished his radiation but will continue with his chemo to try to keep the tumor at bay. He will have his first MRI since his treatment on May 11.
Today is April 30. He has been having headaches for the past 2 days. Some swelling around his temple and forehead and has a fever today. He was sent to the hospital today for blood work and a chest x-ray. We will not know the outcome until tomorrow and I will update this page.
In January, when he was diagnosed, I left my job with the postal service to stay with him. He had an early retirement so he gets that little check and his disability check and that is all we have coming in. It barely makes the bills each month and there is no way that we can pay the hospital and doctor bills that are starting to flow in now. The hospital alone was $96000.00 for his surgery. The insurance paid most of it but we cannot pay the balance and continue to pay our monthly bills. It has been really hard on us and seems to just be getting worse.
Please donate what you can. I know a lot of you have already donated and I want you all to know how much your help is appreciated and has helped us. We have a long way to go and I am asking for donations and prayers.