Help the Riley Family Beat Cancer
Cycle 6 of 12 of the chemotherapy is in the books for me. Cycle 7 starts April 21st. It ain't fun, but I ain't giving up either. Lisa's 2nd surgery is tomorrow (April 16). They are going back in to increase the margin between the good tissue and the DCIS tissue (ductal carcinoma in situ). This will decrease the chances of re-occurrence, which is a good thing. I just wish that they had gotten it right the first time. All other news from her first surgery was positive. We can't thank everyone enough for their support. When Chet first started this, I don't think that we realized how many expenses we were going to rack up. I hit max out of pocket on expenses last year, and that didn't count the gas, drugs, etc...In 2014, I've already reached my max out of pocket (not surprising, hospital stay, chemo), and Lisa is now well on her way and will certainly reach that magic number as well. Expenses suck, but what you've continued to provide for us is a way to keep our heads above water. We're not stuffing our bank accounts with the money, it is all going to pay our mounting bills. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Lisa and Mike
I'm out of the hospital now after 22 days in (over Christmas and New Year's). I cannot tell you how much this all means to me. The funds will help us pay our bills, which obviously continue to grow. I'm certain that we have already incurred significant expense for the calendar year 2014 insurance cycle. It's time for some recovery as I prepare for the next round of chemotherapy. I need to rebuild a little strength as I lost 40 pounds in those 22 days in the hospital. At least I can cross off one New Year's resolution already (lose weight), although I don't recommend anyone take the diet plan the way that I have. Anyway, thank you to everyone, most of all Chet for setting this up.
Those who know me well realize that very few times am I speechless. Well, this is another one of those times! We are humbled by the support being shown for us, and inspired by Chet's drive and determination to make a positive difference in this world. Chet, you have succeeded on behalf of the Riley's. Once we have beaten this cancer into remission, we look forward to making a difference in other's lives as a result of this experience. Thank you!
Wow! I don't even know what to say...except you all are so generous and thoughtful. I never realized how much of a close-knit community Mike was part of, even though you are spread out all over the world. We are taking each day as it comes, spending lots of family time together, and looking forward to surgery being over! Thank you so much - we really appreciate everything!
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