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GIVE BACK TO BILL SPENCER

$9,630 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 136 people in 8 months
Created March 21, 2018
We all need a little help sometimes. This is one of those times for Bill. He has several different health issues going on right now and the medical expenses he is incurring that are not covered through Medicare are mounting and could get much worse.   As well, he’s facing some unforeseeable out of pocket expenses that could potentially end up being a serious problem.   Right now, Bill simply doesn’t have enough for monthly bills, day to day living expenses and numerous co-pays that keep coming his way for various medical necessities.

Many readers know Bill as the award-winning writer William Browning Spencer, author of novels like Zod Wallop, Resume with Monsters and short-story collections like his latest, The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories.

But Bill has contributed to others in a very different way as well.  By freely and graciously donating endless amounts of his time over the years to sponsoring and supporting people who are facing their own daunting problems related to alcohol, drugs and living life.  It’s time to give back to Bill what he has so freely given.

This is something Bill would never ask for himself, but he is one of my best friends and I know he is important to folks like yourself, who may wish to help in his time of need.  Bill is truly one of the most amazing, caring and hilarious human beings I know and if you’re reading this you most likely feel the same.  I think we’d all love for Bill to have the peace of mind of knowing that, whatever happens, he need not be stressed out and worried each day about how he’s going to pay for medication or a test or procedure he needs on top of his modest monthly and day to day expenses.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and for considering if you can donate some amount, large or small, to helping Bill. It will matter.  It will make a real difference.  Let’s show Bill how much we care!
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Hey everyone! Bill wanted to give everyone an update on his health so here it is!

Dear Friends,

I apologize for this long silence on my part. You all have a right to know what I have been up to and how I have fared in my interactions with the health industry. When my friend Jennifer offered to set up a GoFundMe site, my initial inclination was to say, “And who would wish to contribute to such a thing?” Amazingly, you all did, and your generosity is why I am still living in Austin.

For the longest time, I was overwhelmed. I didn’t even know how to communicate directly with all of you. Finally, I realized that I could get Jennifer to post anything I had to say, and that is what I am now doing.
Those of you who know me personally or are, for that matter, familiar with my books, would not characterize me as an overly positive person. I have always thought of life as a near-death experience, and I occasionally surf the Internet for tips on how to kill myself without causing undue trauma to myself or others. I believe you can get all the supplies you need at Party Pig.

But I am alive, and this is the story of this year’s health adventures. In February, I was scheduled for bladder surgery. Before that occurred, I had an MRI and a biopsy to determine if I had prostate cancer. I did not. I was scheduled for bladder surgery, but it was determined that I had a temperature of 102; this was perhaps 15 minutes before I would have been wheeled into the OR. I was sent home. Surgery was rescheduled, but I was mulling the proposed surgery over, and on the advice of some savvy medical folks, I cancelled. A few weeks later, I wound up in the ER where I spent the next 20 hours on IVs, never making it to a room in the hospital. My blood pressure was 90/40, and there was some conjecture that I might be experiencing heart failure (I wasn’t). I finally signed myself out after asking my doctors why my blood sugar had gone from 60 to 385 when I hadn’t eaten anything. One doctor said, “That is very strange.” I am an insulin-dependent type-2 diabetic, and I finally remembered something a nurse had said, and I told the doctor that I had figured out what was wrong. I was on a glucose drip. When I pointed this out, he said that was the problem, and he promptly went off to get a saline drip. I had been in the ER for 20 hours by then, and I signed myself out, not trusting the care I was getting from these doctors (I had seen no doctors I knew and it was now Saturday, and I was unlikely to encounter anyone familiar with my health history on the weekend).

I have been self-catheterizing myself for five or six months now. I have the occasional urinary tract infection—no fun—and I am seeing another urologist on October 16 (tomorrow). I am on a ridiculous low-carb diet in an attempt to gain some modicum of control over my diabetes, and I am embarking on an exercise program. I am, considering my dicey temperament, optimistic.

Much of this year’s medical tests have discovered that I don’t have certain conditions I assumed I had. For instance, a cardiologist told me several years ago that I might need a pacemaker/defibrillator. I declined. My new cardiologist who I engaged for pre-surgery tests tells me that my echo-cardiogram and cardio stress tests reveal a healthy heart. I am not in need of a pacemaker.

I apologize for this lengthy—it could be much longer—description of medical malaise. This stuff is only of interest to the person with the conditions, an indulgence of the inwardly-turned self.

When I saw that this GoFundMe thing raised $9,000 in a matter of months, I was flabbergasted. I had no idea I had so many friends, and, indeed, being affiliated with an organization where last names are often irrelevant, I’m not sure in every case just who did contribute. But I am deeply grateful for your support. I must have made some difference in some people’s lives. That’s a revelation which has been a source of great consolation.

I haven’t gotten much done this year. I still owe the ever-patient Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press a book. I have no really good excuse for my desultory performance. I’m not much good at soldiering on when I’m in limbo. But I think the health stuff is resolving itself. Anyone who wants to can contact me through Facebook messenger. I might not respond right away, or I might take some time to do so, because, being a writer, I need to get some writing done, but I want you to know how much I appreciate your support and how much it has helped during this challenging year.

Thank you all.
Bill Spencer

October 15, 2018
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Hey everyone! Bill has continued to be amazed by all of the donations he has received. He is so surprised and happy to see all of your names and loves all of the notes and well wishes!! Thank you so much for all of the love and support for our friend Bill!
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Hey everyone!! I want you all to know how much your support has transformed Bill's outlook on his life! The amount of relief he feels is beyond words and he is so very grateful to everyone who has contributed and shared and he appreciates all of the well wishes!! Thanks again!!
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GIVE BACK TO BILL SPENCER has reached 55% of its goal! Thanks SO much everyone!!!
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