Cancer Support for Susan & Jim

In the past year or so some of us had noticed that Susan (my Mom) had changed a bit. She was a little forgetful. Maybe she said the wrong word here and there, but still mostly made sense. She might have spelled something wrong that seemed out of character for her (she is a 4th grade spelling bee champion, after all). She was really tired. A lot. All of these things came to a head in the recent weeks, and Jim lovingly demanded that she go talk to her doctor. Luckily he went along with her to tell the "I'm living with her" side, because she became so skilled at protecting us all from knowing that it was hard to even say exactly what the problem was.

Susan has a fantastic primary care physician who sent for a head CT, followed by an MRI. When her PCP saw the results he asked that they immediately drive down to the University of Miami hospital to see one of the leading neurosurgeons in the country. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

On October 3rd Mom and Jim made the drive back down to Miami and were informed that their lives were about to change in a way that they never expected: Susan has a Grade IV Glioblastoma. 

Susan has brain cancer . 

This is the same cancer that Beau Biden, John McCain, and Ted Kennedy battled. 

Time is of the essence at this point. Time that can never be made up for.

The next step is 6 weeks of radiation at the University of Miami.  This treatment can be brutal with side effects that will prevent Susan from tolerating the 2 hour drive home every day.  

The following are some of the expenses Susan and Jim anticipate, just over the next 2 months: 

$5000 out of pocket insurance deductible 
$2000 travel fees (rental apartment, gas, tolls, food)
$2000 regular monthly expenses (food, mortgage, car payment, etc.)

Please consider helping relieve some of the stress Jim and Susan are currently experiencing by donating to their financial needs.

We are so, so grateful for each and every one of you.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 
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Angela Ziegler 
Orlando, FL
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