Brain Tumors Suck :) Schock Family

Hello Friends and Family - I wanted to say thank you for all the prayers that everyone has been sending to my family! After recently been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 - I have never felt so loved by so many - I am still going back and forth between Mayo Rochester and Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Lacrosse - If some friends and family don't know what has happened, on June 26, 2014 I found out that I have 9 brain tumors, good news is they are Meningioma’s. There is one tumor that is wrapped around my Nerve 8 in my brain that helps control hearing and balance, which has caused some hearing loss in my left ear, however they still want to watch them every six months to ensure that they are not growing, and causing more problems or causing more hearing loss and to make sure that they do not become Malignant. I went back and had another MRI of my spine on July 30, 2014 and was now told that I have 7 more tumors though out my spine. As the same with my brain tumors they are going to watch these as well with more MRI's every six months to ensure that they are not growing an are not turning Malignant. I go back to Mayo Rochester in September to find out what more options we have. I am very thankful that I have an extremely strong wife in my corner, but a person can only be so strong.
The large medical bills are now starting to roll in and not being able to work a full 40 hour week due to the many doctors’ appointments, we are having problems keeping the bills at bay so now on top of everyone's prayers I am asking for help financially  to help cover the cost of my medical bills - I cannot say Thank you enough for even taking the time to read this, and the prayers that come from so many!!


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Benjamin Schock 
West Salem, WI
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