Les' Cancer Fund
On Friday, April 20, 2018, I was diagnosed with small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of prostate cancer that had already infiltrated my entire prostate. This had been the root of intense pain I had been living with since the previous November. Now, I find myself on a quick rush toward several expensive tests, a port-cath implanted into my chest, four rounds of chemotherapy (three weeks apart each), and the removal of my prostate gland should the chemo be successful. If the chemo is not successful, radiation therapy might be the follow-up step.
This is all new to me and I've spent most of my savings on previous surgeries and tests leading up to this diagnosis, so I find myself in a position where I have to create the means to fund these therapies, as a life-or-death situation demands I put aside my pride for the sake of survival.
Chemo means needing to take time off work, which means life's other bills will also start building up and needing to be paid. I don't know how much I'll really need by the end of all of this, so I may need to change the amount, so don't be surprised if that happens at some point.
If you can help, I am deeply grateful. If you can't donate now, sharing this is better than nothing, so please do. I'm am swallowing my pride as I make this, but it's for the sake of my survival. I want to beat cancer. I want to live.
To each of you who chose to help or have already helped me, I cannot thank you enough. I guess this is where I say something like "May the Force be with You."
Thank you, and don't take your life for granted. Live it. All of it.
Once I'm over the surgery, I'll be going in daily for radiation treatments, every day for about three weeks. This will help to try and kill off whatever cancer cells the surgery might have missed.
Still a long road ahead, but each step is a step closer to it all being over.
Thanks to everyone who helped so far, and to those who continue to share this campaign link!
The surgery itself can't be done via robot, like with normal prostate cancer, but has to done manually. They'll be cutting in from naval to pelvic bone and removing the entire prostate and some things around it, hoping there isn't too much nerve damage. Recovery is going to be at least a month.
I have to change my diet now to lean protein, veggie and fruits only, and try to get lots of exercise to lose as much weight as possible before surgery so that they have an easier time cutting into my abdomen and to lower the risk and/or need for possible transfusion when the time comes.
All in all it was a very serious and stern conversation. I'm determined to beat this!
With my (hopefully) last round of chemotherapy now over, I decided to change the name of this campaign from "Chemo Fund" to "Cancer Fund," seeing that I still have a long way to go and chemo itself was only one part of the journey. Coming up, I'm to meet with yet a third doctor (Urinary Oncologist, to work with my Urologist and Oncologist) and schedule more imaging, so we have a better idea of whether or not the cancer's been stationary, shrunk with the chemo, etc. This is all still going to be costly, and I'm not sure how things will pan out with keeping my insurance should my job decide it's no longer feasible to retain my employment, as I've not been able to work since some time in March.
Anyhow, I'm fighting to win. There really is no other option, and I appreciate all of the love and support everyone's shown me since I was first diagnosed in February. Please continue to share this campaign. Every share is another potential punch to cancer's face.
At this point I'm realizing that my initial goal of $9000 was way too low, and I've so far only raised about 1/3 of that. At this time I'm raising my goal to $15,000, since being away from work does not stop the bills from coming in.
Thank you to those who've helped! Please share this campaign so that others who might want to can contribute. It's not in my nature to ask, so it's taking a great deal of humility for me to do so here. Thank you.