It started with a 'feeling' and some symptoms that the doctor couldn't put their finger on. After blood tests and a biopsy it was confirmed in
November 2017 that Rob had prostate cancer. At age 46 it was a huge shock.
Many meetings followed with the surgeon and oncologist. The first recommendation was to undergo a radical prostatectomy to entirely
remove Rob's prostate, in the hope that the cancer was contained to the prostate.
February 2018 Rob went for surgery. After the surgery, lymph node samples from the surrounding area to test for possible spreading of the cancer. The surgery revealed that the prostate was already about 90% consumed by the cancer, it was quite advanced and classified as stage 3/4.
When the results of the lymph node tests came back, the news wasn't good, his cancer had spread and further treatment would be required.
In May the next steps in Rob's fight began with hormone therapy (ADT) injection, with more to follow.
Some of the side effects that Rob is dealing with on a daily basis are:
loss of muscle,
Simple tasks we take for granted, like driving, cleaning and day to day chores and activities with the kids are a challenge for Rob.
The doctors have told Rob he is not allowed to work. Unfortunately he is unable to receive Government assistance.
As you can imagine the financial and health stresses have been difficult on the family.
Rob would like to try alternative treatments, massage, consultation for effective dietary changes. Funds are eaten up with gas and parking for appointments at the cancer agency. With Rob not being able to work, paying rent, food and other things we can take for granted are a challenge.
The good news is you can help alleviate some of the pressure on the family with your financial gift. So many times we don't know what to do. How can we help? What can we do to make things better? We feel helpless. Well, here is a way that we can help Rob and his family. A real way. A way that has a direct and positive impact on the family. Thank you for your financial gift.
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