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Dom's Medical Bills

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Dear Friends,
    As many of you know, my little brother, Dominic, is battling testicular cancer.  Following his diagnosis in early November 2017, he immediately underwent surgery to have the tumor removed, but we learned recently that it has rapidly spread throughout his body.  While his prognosis is still very good, the road to recovery will not be easy.  At minimum, he will need to complete four cycles of chemotherapy; today, he is two days into cycle #2.
    Dom just celebrated his 22nd birthday in February; he is carrying a tremendous weight for someone at his age.  Dominic has taken all of these challenges in stride and has an admirably calm and positive attitude as he works to recover quickly.  My family is asking for donations to help offset some of the hefty medical expenses associated with cancer treatment.  He is a great kid and he shouldn't have to worry about anything but rest and recovery during this difficult time.  We appreciate your support!

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Update on Dominic:

Just came out of surgery a few minutes ago. Initial prognosis is very positive; surgery went well, surgeon was able to remove the lymph nodes with minimal collateral damage. Doc was SO good that Dominic’s reproductive abilities weren’t compromised. We are profoundly grateful for the top-notch care he received at Fox Chase CC, as well as the tremendous love & support we’ve received from all of you, from the moment Dom was diagnosed with this horrible disease. Will keep you all posted over the coming weeks. Although he cleared a major hurdle today, a difficult 3 month recovery period lies ahead. But this is one tough dude.

Much love ❤️
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Hey friends,
I haven’t been great about providing updates, but wanted to give everyone a status update on Dominic. After chemo treatment ended, Dom’s blood levels normalized for a few weeks, but the initial CT scan showed an anomaly in the lymph nodes behind his kidneys. After consulting with the Surgeon, Dom underwent robotic surgery to remove the abnormality and perform a biopsy. Unfortunately, the test results indicated that the growth is cancer, not benign as we had hoped. So now he is scheduled for full RPLND surgery to remove the lymph nodes behind his kidneys. It is a major surgery; 6-8 hours under the knife and 5 or so day recovery period in the hospital. There are also several long-term side-effects, such as inability to conceive after the surgery. Please keep Dom and our family in your thoughts and prayers! Surgery is scheduled for 16-August. Will provide an update after that. Thanks for all the love and support!

With Love,
The Schiavones
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How fitting that we hit goal on the final day of Dominic’s chemo treatment. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster the past few months, but we can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Initial blood tests indicate that the chemo produced the desired results; both AFP and hCG levels have normalized. CT Scan scheduled for 18-May, which will determine if the initial tests
are conclusive.

Again, we would like to say THANK YOU for all of your love and support! We are truly blessed!

Check back for updates over the coming months.
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The shirt says it all. Round 3 of chemo is officially in the books!! One more to go

Thanks again to everyone for your support during this difficult time. We are truly humbled!

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