Sid’s Cancer Battle

Sid undergoing his first round of chemo 

Sid with his wife Brenda and 2 of his 9 grand kids

My husband Sid now has two extreme illnesses that have radically changed our lives. We must deal with the dire effects of my husband’s chronic three year old case of Parkinson’s Disease and his newer, but much scarier, case of brain cancer.

He has Central Nervous System Lymphoma and his condition is centered in his brain, where four lesions radically affect his abilities to move around easily, to work at what he usually does to make a living, circumstances that are already somewhat compromised by his Parkinson's, but that he could still manage before the cancer took hold.

In October Sid had surgery to remove the one operable lesion. He’s now being treated with a 6 month regimen of chemo therapy that must be administered in the hospital.

For him, not being able to do his work is probably the worse part of his newest illness.

For me, worrying about how to manage our lives, pay for some of the very expensive medications he needs, trumps even that concern,

Sid is an original thinker. Over the years he has worked as a journalist and later as a computer specialist, computer teacher, designer and ‘architect; ” that is as designer of computer systems, for companies like IBM.
In later years he put these unusually creative skills to work, mostly for start up companies, writing the documents and designing the systems that allowed such companies to create their businesses, raising the funds and bringing on board the people they needed to create the new companies that work in the high tech world where computers play a major role.

These skills have deteriorated sharply, making it impossible for him to earn the kind of living he assumed he would always have access to.

Being unable to do that now is why we need your help.

We need funding for the high costs of treating his illness which his doctors feel is curable. Sid is known to be a fighter. Some years ago he was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He has been clear of symptoms for years.

We need funding to keep body and soul together while this happens. Our income has been reduced to our our social security benefits since this situation has depleted our entire savings

We need funding to radically change our life style, ‘downsizing,’ while some cure is affected, or if a total cure is not possible, we need to move on, changing how we live,

Either way, we need assistance, funding to changing how and where we live.

That is why we make this plea on Go Fund Me.   We would so appreciate anything you could do for us at this terrible time.  Even the smallest amount could help.

Sid and Brenda with their nine grandchildren

I'd  especially like to thank our dear friend Rena Konheim for thinking of, setting up, running, and even managing the money for this gofundme  campaign for Sid.  The money that is donated goes into an account that Rena manages and she then gives the money to Brenda. Thank you Rena!

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Organizer and beneficiary

Brenda Barrie 
Laguna Woods, CA
Rena Konheim 

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