Jerry’s life changed on November 21, 2016 when he was diagnosed with stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer and he had to stop working. His cancer fighting journey began with 4 rounds of intense chemotherapy followed by 28 rounds of radiation over four months. The side effects were tremendous, but Jerry fought hard and maintained his strength. He needed to prepare for the next step.
In May 2017, Jerry underwent the next step in his treatment was procedure known as a Whipple surgery. Everyone including family, physicians and Jerry himself, thought he was ready both mentally and physically to endure this major surgical procedure. After his surgery and 12 days in the hospital, Jerry returned home to rest and recuperate. Due to complications, he was hospitalized again. During this time, he was weak and became septic. He spent weeks in and out of the Intensive Care Unit. Unable to eat on his own, Jerry had a feeding tube inserted and continued to have a colostomy bag. Finally released from the hospital in July 2017, Jerry went home and began eating, trying to regain his strength. Unfortunately, 8 weeks later, he returned to the hospital for sepsis.
Jerry has lost 75 pounds since May 2017 and has continued to be in and out of the hospital. He is still unable to eat so he is scheduled to have a feeding tube placed this week. He has experienced many complications and setbacks, but he draws his strength from his family.
Jerry and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, one who is in her 2nd year at Wake Tech; the other a sophomore at Raleigh Charter High School. Life for this family has been challenging with many ups and downs. Please consider helping this family, any donations will help to pay for Jerry’s on going medical expenses.
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