Intramucosal adenocarcinoma, suspicious for invasion! Colorectal cancer, a malignant tumor in my rectum, stage 3B.
What a drag!
They diagnosed my disease just a few weeks after getting married to my beautiful wife, Rachel. There was blood in the toilet and on the toilet paper after using the bathroom, so I went to the doctor who sent me for a colonoscopy.
Who thinks they will get cancer? My mortality and the fragility of life became real, and my life and lifestyle changed forever.
We had to cancel our honeymoon cruise, because I had to start chemotherapy treatment and couldn’t leave the country. We put off moving to a new town. We tightened up our budget because I knew I could only work three or four days a week until I had surgery in March and miss another eight weeks or more of work to recover.
My treatment plan is eight rounds of chemotherapy, followed by radiation, then surgery in March to remove the tumor. I'll then be given a temporary ileostomy to facilitate healing which will take ten weeks. Finally, they'll give me another surgery to reverse the ileostomy and I'll be back to normal.
I’m grateful insurance will cover nearly all of my medical expenses. I have a deductible, but my max out-of-pocket is $5,000. So far I’ve been okay paying for it, but as missed days of work pile up I'm afraid I’ll be coming up short. Plus, I’m scared of missing so much time at work when I have the surgery.
I have short and long term disability insurance, which will pay me approximately 60% of my wages when I have to miss work.
I REALLY regret not getting the AFLAC cancer insurance when I had the chance! Like I said, who thinks they will get cancer?
I’m doing this GoFundMe to be proactive so I won’t have to worry about lost wages as I get closer and closer to surgery. A new year starts soon, so once again I’ll have to meet the $5,000 max out-of-pocket cost of my health insurance, and I know unforeseen costs will happen, too. Not to mention mortgage, car payment, utilities, food, etc.
I’m putting aside my pride by creating this GoFundMe. I’d rather not do it, but my friends and family have encouraged me to ask for help so I won’t have to panic over finances while I’m receiving cancer treatment. I appreciate any contribution and am comforted knowing so many people love and support me.
Having cancer is humbling.
PLEASE share this fundraiser on Facebook, Instagram, or any social media of you like.
I’m blogging about my cancer journey at jasonelbinger.com
so you can keep up with my progress. I’ll also update my progress on GoFundMe.
To learn more about colorectal cancer be sure to visit the colorectal cancer page of the American Cancer Society
I love you all.