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.
Immunotherapy generally does not cure cancer, but in extremely rare cases it has been known to make cancer disappear. That's extremely rare and very unlikely to be my outcome. So, at this point it's a waiting game of getting my Immunotherapy every three weeks so long as it's working for me, and riding it out enjoying life as best I can until the end comes.
After a month and a half of living with a catheter in, it's finally been out for just over a week now. The doctors want my surgery wounds to heal as much as possible before beginning radiation and hormone therapies, so I go back to see the radiation doctor in mid-December, hopefully starting shortly thereafter. In the mean time my body is re-learning basic functions. My fingers and toes have been numb for a couple of months, probably a side-effect of the Cisplatin (chemo), but I'm hoping to be able to play guitar without a problem again one of these days soon.
Radiation will be 87 consecutive days, excluding weekends and holidays. I have no idea what the hormone therapy will be like yet, but I also begin physical therapy soon. My return-to-work date is January 14, so I'm hoping they can accommodate my treatments. There's nothing I'd like better than for my body to be in good condition again, so I can resume my daily routine.