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We need Help to Win Terry's Cancer Fight!!

$13,755 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 3 months
Created January 5, 2019
Terry Schurter is a hard-working, dedicated man who has devoted a big portion of his career to nonprofit organizations, volunteer work, and free mentoring for many up and coming young professionals.

He’s always been the first to jump on problems and support those around him. The people who know Terry understand just exactly how fundamental his view is on giving back to society. His volunteer work even includes free resources through nonprofit www.cipcore.com with over an hour of advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection Training (cybersecurity) free for all utility personnel in North America - because if the "lights go off" we're all in big trouble.

Suddenly all of this has changed for Terry and his family. In 2018 Terry began having multiple nerve issues in his legs (sciatica) and then in his face (trigemenial neuralgia). These continued to worsen, resulting in huge function impacts (mobility, sitting at desk).

Then at the end of June the small consultancy Terry was working with closed. Unexpectedly unemployed in the middle of a move from Texas to Washington, Terry and his spouse Christy made the drive but the entire time Terry’s condition continued to worsen.

Fast forward through regular MDs, an Osteopath, chiropractor, acupuncturist, and medical massage threrapist to Sept. 23rd. That day everything changed. Terry awoke, and his right leg was no longer usable. We bee-lined him to the ER.

That ER visit led to the discovery of cancer that had already metastasized into Terry’s bones - legs, back and shoulders. It’s everywhere. His condition is critical, but his battle is to be no easy feat.

Immediately after detection the cancer hid. It had already caused one Lumbar fracture but a viable cell sample remained elusive. The cancer was everywhere but we had to chase it for 3 months before finally pinning down the specific type of the primary cancer. Test after test, biopsy after biopsy we chased it.

Eventually as his condition worsened another lumbar failure took out his left leg leaving him completely crippled, slave to a walker/wheelchair. This was the 3rd week of December.

The 2nd lumbar failure triggered a panic and an emergency 4+ hour open spine surgery on Christmas Eve.

The surgery has helped reduce the nerve impingement and compression over the L3, L4, and L5 Lumbar. It also got live cancer cells so that after 3 months of searching the primary cancer has been found and Terry's treatment can finally start!

The primary cancer is large b-cell lymphoma (fast, aggressive). The lymphoma is in his bone marrow and bones. Terry’s treatment plan going forward will be IV chemo every 3 weeks for a period of 4 months and physical therapy to help him rebuild strength and mobility. He will start the week of January 14th, 2019. It is going to be a long haul but he’s already fighting and he actually walked 15 steps without support or assistance today! His  survival rate is listed at 50% to 70%.

However, the job loss timing (and insurance loss!) has left us without a safety net so we are using our retirement savings to get by and it’s burning up at an alarming rate. Income loss and medical expenses have already exceeded $50,000 just for 2018 and they probably won’t stop before doubling or tripling that number. Our resources cannot survive this.

So we are seeking to raise $25,000 to offset half of our current losses. If we should be so fortunate to raise more than our goal then the additional funds will used to cover remaining existing expenses as well as the new ones that will soon be coming.

It’s very hard for Terry to ask for help. He’s the one that gives the help, not gets it. But he’s in a corner now where for the first time in his life he really needs help. We certainly hope you can help Terry or spread the word to others who can. We really need the help if we are going to get him healthy again!
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Tuesday April 30th I will receive my last chemo treatment. We won't know the "results" until I have a PET Scan, and we're not certain when that will be. No activity on the PET scan would indicate remission.

I'm glad I only have one more chemo treatment left because this one kicked my ass. Usually by now I'm strong and ready to do things. Today I'll be in the chair all today, one of the worst days I've had. Please keep me in your thoughts, it means the world to me.

Love,

Terry
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I had my 5th (of 6) chemo treatments yesterday (it went fine). However, in talking with the oncologist we learned some things that are a bit difficult to swallow.

Even if the cancer is cured from this round of chemo or another I will likely be dealing with issues from the bone damage and compression for the rest of my life.

I am unlikely to regain full mobility and most people with the degree of spine damage I have suffer from pain management issues. Good news there is, while painful, I feel the pain level currently is livable!

However, it is almost certain I will be unable to return to a normal job so I'm working on adapting that information into my world view.

It's ok. We're working things out. Just going to be a bit rougher financially so I'm going to leave this gofundme open until we see how things go.

As always, I want to thank everyone for supporting me. The love and caring mean the world to me, and fuels my positive attitude. Like my sister-in-law says (and has provided me with the shirts and sign for) I am the Dragon Slayer and I will slay this cancer dragon!

On that note, the last (and most important) thing we found out - NO signs to indicate the chemo is not working. They do think the chemo is doing its thing!

We are also hoping the financial manager at our oncologist can help us with some of the bills. Had another several thousand roll in this week (ugh).

Love to all!

Terry
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Thanks so much for the continued support!

This week's chemo is still kicking my tail. Sleeping a lot. Despie is keeping watch over me, and keeping me warm!

Best news is leg pain, which continues to diminish. I actually believe this is the least pain in them I have had since June of last year...

I love you all!

Terry
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OK!

Have had several requests to keep this open so I'm going to do so - until the last chemo treatment is done (end of April).

It's been a tough month so far. Mistake was made with last chemo (gave wrong med in shot, severe reaction). I have a big wound area there now.

Chemo is starting to "build" making me tired and sometimes a little confused...

But I can also see improvements and am confident I am on the road to recovery. It's just a longer road than I realized...

Thanks to all of you, though, I will win!

Love,

Terry
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