Never in my worst nightmare did I imagine myself to be sitting here writing these words. My stepdad, Tom Ulrich has cancer. About a month ago he started feeling sick, my mom (Debbie Love-Ulrich) took him to the doctor. After numerous tests, the doctors discovered he has pancreatic cancer.
He is currently being treated inpatient at Baptist Health in Little Rock, AR. He has been there since September 6th and will likely be there for some time still. He has finished his first round of chemotherapy and is dealing with some major side effects. On top of that, the tumor is blocking the bile duct in his liver which is causing bile to back up into his body, causing jaundice and extremely high bilirubin levels, normal levels are between about 0.2 – 1.2 mg/dL in healthy adults, his was 17 (SEVENTEEN) when he was admitted to Baptist.
If you know my parents you know they are the nicest, most giving people you will ever meet. They would do anything to help anyone and now they need our help. My mom is on disability due to COPD and Tom is self-employed, running a successful handyman business but of course, now he is unable to work which means his income has stopped for the time being. As you can imagine this is causing a great deal of stress, in an already stressful situation. My goal is to relieve as much of this stress as possible for them so they can focus on his healing and not worry about bills for the moment. They would never ask for this help themselves, but I am asking for them!
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