EDIT: Thank you so much for all of the donations thus far, we are so close to the goal set to cover Shayne while he recovers.
That being said, he made another quick stop to the hospital on March 7th because he was rear ended downtown. Again, thankfully he's fine, just bumped and bruised, but back out of work and without his car for the foreseeable future.
I just thought I'd keep everyone updated as to all the reasons why we're supporting him ❤
Last year Shayne confided in me that he had been having pain in his shoulder and had a gut feeling that it wasn't good. By the summer he went in for a scan and biopsy and it came back: He was diagnosed with Stage 2 Chondrosarcoma - Bone Cancer.
Thankfully he was immediately scheduled for surgery come September 2020, however, for 4 weeks leading up to his surgery was forced to work less and less hours due to his fatigue and painful shoulder. He topped out at 24 working hours per week for 1 month, in which he was only receiving 55% of his wage from medical EI. If you've ever lived in BC, especially the lower mainland, then you know this isn't something you can afford to do without working your ass off.
During his surgery, while they were able to get the extent of the tumor, there was a complication that actually fully stopped his heart, causing him to need a defibrillator to (thankfully) be revived.
As you can imagine, this ended up taking a toll on his entire body, beyond his shoulder, and following the surgery he was forced to take 6 weeks off work without medical leave to recover- something the doctors thought would take even longer, but Shayne, as we know, doesn't like limitations.
Yesterday, Feb. 24, 2021, Shayne send me a text messaging telling me how much he loves me and appreciates my friendship, and little did I know, he was sending it from another hospital bed. At age 26, Shayne had a non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, essentially a mild heart attack.
The doctors believe it was not only the stress from the initial surgery, but from his daily stressors such as the loss of both of his animals in early January and the bills he's had to keep up with since finding out about his cancer.
Overall, our friend Shayne has had to go into significant debt, including borrowing money against loans and opening lines of credit to try to stay afloat.
The last straw for me was when he told me he could not take this weekend off - after his heart attack - because he couldn't afford to.
If you know Shayne then you know he puts 100% of himself into what he is passionate about, including family, friends and relationships. Please help me in forcing Shayne to take time off of work, and to give himself time to heal so that we don't have to get another text from another hospital bed.
Any, and everything is so greatly appreciated ❤
- Michael Schlodder
- Ryan Clark
- Cam McLeod
- Randy Dubbert
Organizer and beneficiary
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