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Help Josh Beat Cancer Again

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Raised by 67 people in 10 months
Created February 12, 2018
Friends and Family of Josh and Ashlyn, 
It’s time to share some unfortunate news.  

Josh was diagnosed with testicular cancer on April 19th, 2017, just 10 months into these high school sweethearts marriage. This came as a huge shock considering he was only 21 years old.. Nine days after his initial diagnosis, Josh went into surgery to remove the cancerous right testicle. Recovery was long over the summer due to a lowered and adjusting testosterone level, as well as trying to process what had happened.  
On June 2nd, the day before his 22nd birthday, at his 6 week follow-up, he was deemed “cancer-free.” Hurray! Cancer was beat. The worst of it was over, they thought. He was told to continue monitoring with CT scans and blood work every 4 months. His first follow-up scan was scheduled for September. 
In mid-September, they finally had an opportunity to go on a delayed honeymoon after his first scan. They were headed to Oregon and on the road about 1.5 hours before they got a call from his urologist with news that they had found 4 nodules in his right lung and to come in for more testing as soon as possible.  They continued onto their honeymoon with questions and fear making it hard to fully enjoy. 
When they got home, Josh went in for more testing and scans to determine if these nodules were cancerous. Fortunately, the tests came back negative for cancer! But they still weren’t out of the woods… 
His 8 month follow up came in January 2018. His scan came back showing the cancer had spread to his retroperitoneal lymph nodes (lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen, near the aorta). After talking to his oncologist, it was decided to move forward with 4 rounds of EP chemotherapy.   
Cancer is something you never plan for and never expect to happen to you. It is heartbreaking and just downright hard. With so many uncertainties and questions running through their minds, their days are long and difficult.  
As Josh is still in school, Ashlyn is the main financial provider right now, and is unable to afford his treatment. He is also without health insurance, so that increases the financial burden, as well. Although he is a part of a bill-share program, they are reaching the maximum amount quickly. Bills are already piling up from last year’s tests and surgery, and with chemotherapy starting soon, the expenses are going to drown them in debt, leaving them with years paying it off. Up until this point, just in surveillance testing and surgery, they have been billed $70,554.53, but luckily between his bill-share and discounts, most of that has been covered.  
Josh is scheduled to start his treatment in the beginning of March. It will include 4 rounds of EP chemotherapy, which will take 3.5 months. This is estimated to cost them $20,000. Along with the burden of this debt he will experience many side effects from the chemo. Some of them are hair loss, weakened immune system, likelihood of losing fertility, along with nausea, vomiting, and others. Josh and Ashlyn have always wanted a family of their own together, and after chemotherapy, the chances of fathering a child is at risk. They are sperm-banking in hopes to have a family someday.
Although this ordeal was and is unexpected and frightening, their faith in Christ has remained solid. These trials will only deepen their faith in our loving, compassionate, and healing God.  
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they begin this journey of beating cancer for the second time. Please also consider donating to help relieve some of the stress they are feeling and burden they carry. Dealing with cancer is stressful enough on its own without having to worry about money. 
Thank you so much for your time and love! They will certainly appreciate your generosity. God Bless.
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Alright guys, Josh is in his final round of chemo this week! So far this has been the worst round, but he is almost done. In 2 weeks he'll have a follow up CT scan with the possibility of his port being removed. At this point he has a 90% chance of being cured!

In the meantime, I just wanted to say how strong of a person Josh is! While going through everything with his cancer, he was still able to push through with school. Last weekend he was able to graduate with his degree in mining engineering! Congrats Josh!

As always, thank you all so much for the support!

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Update Time: Josh is starting round 3 this week. This is supposed to be one of the tougher rounds. After round 2 Josh said he was way more nauseated, dizzy, and had vision issues. Since dizziness and visual issues arent the norm for his type of chemo, the Dr thinks they're forms of nerve damage caused by the chemo. Round 1, he felt better by the next Tuesday where Round 2 took him the entire next week and weekend to start feeling better.
In the past, during treatment he's felt good Monday and most of Tuesday, but this time, he started feeling sick right away. Despite being sick, he is still in good spirits. They just found out that Josh qualifies for a big discount on all his bills, and they should be able to pay a huge amount of the bills they will have through all the generous donations. Whoo hoo!!
Again thank you everyone for your generosity!
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Update:
Josh is starting his second round of chemo this week. Luckily his mom was able to be with him this week so that Ashlyn would be able to work.

Over the last week Josh has experienced a few side effects from the chemo. He started losing his hair, and also got mouth sores (a common side effect.) Because of the mouth sore, he is now on more antibiotics so they can get the infection under control. Since chemo lowers the white blood cell count, they are trying really hard to stop this infection so Josh does not become too sick from this.

Despite the side effects, overall, Josh was feeling good the last week. He was able to get outside and built Ashlyn bee boxes in anticipation of his bees coming on May. He also built Ashlyn a few more raised garden beds, and helped plant veggie and flower starts for her garden.

As Josh starts round 2 today, they could use more prayers because rumor has it that round 2 and 3 are the worst. Please be praying for the few mild side effects as well as strength to get him through this round, and as always we appreciate everyone's support through this!
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Time for another unfortunate update.
Ashlyn was finally able to sit down with the someone in the financial department at the cancer center. They originally estimated the cost of all the chemo was going to be around $20,000. Now they have a true estimate that just in chemo drugs it is going to be $4,200 a day. That totals up to $84,000! This doesn't include any of the surgeries, doctor visits, labs, white blood cell shots or anything else that may arise. Josh's bill-share program will cover a portion of this, but this means with just chemo drugs they are going to be sitting with a lot more in medical bills than they originally thought.

We want to thank everyone so much for all of your support already, but if everyone could praying for them, and could keep sharing Josh's story, or doing anything that can help them it is more appreciated than ever before.
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