Last year, Corey and Caitlin were married and moved into their first home with their fur babies Barney and Ted.
This year began with the birth of their first child Mason in January and Corey starting to work on his own as a carpenter after completing his apprenticeship.
Their world has now been turned upside down.
About a month ago, Corey started feeling pretty average and much more tired than normal. Corey didn't have much of an appetite and lost about 8kgs but also had a severely bloated stomach. Starting to get worried, Corey and Caitlin went to the hospital to get to the bottom of what was going on. Corey was admitted to hospital where he underwent blood tests, CT scans, ultrasounds, PET scans, a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy. The doctors and specialists told Corey they had never seen a case like his and sent his results to various places in Geelong and Melbourne to get some answers. After 8 days in hospital they got the news no-one wants to hear. Unfortunately the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre confirmed that Corey has Stage 4 bowel cancer which has spread to his abdomen and what they thought was bloating was actually fluid - 12 litres of fluid.
Corey is about to commence fighting his cancer with chemotherapy. Corey will need to focus all his energy on healing and the treatment will leave him unable to work for an extended period of time. Caitlin is also on maternity leave and needs to focus her attention on supporting Corey and Mason.
Corey's doctors and oncologists have told him that due to where his cancer has spread it is unlikely that it will ever be completely gone.
The last thing Corey and Caitlin need to be thinking and worrying about at this time is money. One thing we can do for them is to ease some of their stress by helping them out financially. Big or small, everything is appreciated and will take some of the weight of their shoulders and allow them to focus on what is really important - getting Corey well!
We would appreciate your help for this beautiful young family to make the burden a little lighter for their journey over the coming weeks and months.
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