After years [literally] of thinking about starting a GoFundMe, I am finally doing it. This is ALL for my parents. They've supported us kids, their family, and the community as much as they've been able to thus far. I wanted to be able to help them out but considering I'm in college, I needed some other help.
Read the story below. This isn't a pity story; it's the facts. Our family has been through more than I could have ever imagined and unfortunately, nothing is free. Because of my parents raising us (Marissa, Heath, and I) with a faith based foundation, God has been the only way to get through this. I'm thankful for my parents and their passion in wanting us to learn about religion.
In May of 2016, Jolene was diagnosed with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer. She endured 2 months of oral chemotherapy, which shrunk the softball size tumor. On October 10, 2016, she had surgery. This 4 1/2 hour surgery removed the cancer, 29 lymph nodes, the spleen, gull bladder, and 75% of the pancreas. 14 days later, Jolene was cancer free.
In the meantime, Kevin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February of 2017. He had a successful surgery in April of 2017. They removed his prostate and the cancer; He and mom were both cancer free now!
I couldn't fathom that both of my parents had cancer. Little did I know this was only the beginning.
Come one year later in July of 2018, cancer was found active in Jolene's body again. The doctors found some spots on her liver, vertebrates, and other lymph nodes in the area. She now has Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer metastatic stage 4. As of November 2018, she has done 4 rounds of oral chemotherapy. She will have 2 more rounds after this one for a total of 6 this time. In Decemberish the doctor's will re-examine the spots. However, at this point, my mom will never be cancer free.
August 2018 brought surgery for Jolene to remove her thyroid. This wasn't cancer related, but just another medical expense to add to. In addition, it slowed down the process to begin chemo for her too.
It's October of 2018 and not only does my mom have cancer for the second time, but we found out my dad has it again too. This time it is lung cancer. The plan is to remove the cancer node in surgery on November 16, 2018---this Friday. He will be in the hospital for 4-7 days afterwards depending on how the lung recovers.
God has been with us through it all. It's been quite a journey, but I'm confident He gives His hardest battles to His strongest warriors. We are forever grateful for the community of O'Neill and our family and friends. God has a plan. Please consider helping my parents out. You can help them by praying for our family or by donating through this site. My hope is this will take some stress off them, so they can focus on their health, jobs, themselves, etc.
God bless you all.
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