Mark's fund for stage 4 cancer
￼I met Mark in 2013. We were both single parents, he has three children and I have two. Their ages at the time of his re-diagnosis ranged from 3 to 10.
When we met, he was recovering from stage 3b colon cancer. He had completed surgery to remove part of his colon, radiation and chemotherapy. A month into our relationship, we found out he was cancer free, he lived cancer free for about a year, until a routine scan showed something in his lungs.
There were a few spots in his lungs that they were keeping an eye on. When it seemed to look as they were growing, the oncologist decided to biopsy the largest spot.
In November of 2014, a month after moving in together to become a blended family of 7, we found out it was in fact cancer in his lungs. It is a metastasized spread of the colon cancer. There were 3 tumours in his lungs and one in his aorta, but now this number has grown to 6 tumours in his lungs. We are told that they are inoperable.
The oncologist has told us this disease is not curable. All treatment from this point on is about extending Mark's life. The 5 year survival rate for his cancer is 11.5%. The average life span of someone with this cancer is 2 years. We want to defy those odds.
There is a new radiation treatment called stereotactic radiation which Mark tried last year to shrink the original 4 spots. The treatment did shrink the four spots they radiated, but now they have detected 3 new tumours.
He is off work and trying to make ends meet for the family while going through this treatment.
Mark is also wanting to try some alternative treatments through naturopathic doctors to try and cure or manage this cancer so he can try to live a normal life for as long as possible and be there for our five children.
Naturopathic treatments are not covered by medical and are very expensive.
Mark currently relies on his disabilty insurance as we support all five of our children, but his coverage is only half of his previous income. I also need to take time off from my job to take care of him and the children through treatment and on days when he is not well and he cannot care for himself.
Donations will help ease the financial stress of keeping a family of 7 afloat and allow him to not get further into debt, trying to provide for his children and trying to afford medical expenses.
Mark also would like to try to travel while he is well because with an incureable illness, we do not know what the future holds.
We hope to find a cure so he can be the father and partner he wants to be. I love him very much and he has a large family who love and adore him.
We are told that Mark will be on chemo for the rest of his life, so he is trying to hold off for as long as possible, in order to have some normalcy in his life. He also suffers from pain from the previous treatment he has received: radiation damage to his hips which make it impossible to work in a job where he must stand for long periods.
Mark has tried some Viatmin C IV Therapy and other treatment available through a naturopath. He is currently taking Mistletoe injections which do seem to help.
He did stereotactic radiation last summer but developed radiation penumonitis from this. This is inflammation of his lungs that makes him very sick and weak. He is had to take steroids to overcome the radation pneumonitis, but these steroids come with many side effects including anxiety, difficulty sleeping and personality changes. This made life very challenging for the entire household.
Words cannot express how thankful we are for your support.
Update: Mark did treatment with a new drug for 6 months last year. He is off of it now as the side effects were quite severe. He is going to be starting Chemo again instead.
He is taking daily oral chemotherapy and bi-weekly intravenous chemo at the hospital. The treatment is starting to have a severe effect on the skin of his feet and hands. This past month has been especially difficult for him due to the air quality in BC. The smoke has made it difficult for him to go outside, especially during last
Week. He has been coughing up blood periodically due to the irritation that the smoke causes in his lungs.
He also has been unable to find a vehicle that does not affect his lungs. Newer vehicles bother him, and also vehicles that have been smoked in, or have been cleaned with harsh cleaners, or have mildew. He has been searching for a car for the last 11 months and still has had no luck finding one that doesn’t make him sick. If anyone has any leads, please let us know. The doctors can’t explain it but the cancer in his lungs seems to make him very sensitive to smells and chemicals.
Thank you all for your continued support.
He met with his doctor today and it looks like his tumor markers are up so the doctor recommended he go back onto treatment. Dr Sasha recommends he try a different drug instead (Chemo) since the last drug affected Mark so badly. His rash is still apparent and he has been off of it for over a month and a half. So next week he is starting Avastin and Xoleda and hopefully they don’t create as many issues for him. Thank you for your support. Hoping for the best.
For every one of you that said, "Let me know how I can help." Or, "I wish I could help". Or something like that and are still looking, I have your answer! It is easy and costs about 5 lattes a month. That's it. 100 people giving up 5 lattes a month to help this family for a year. ($25 a month for a year.) It is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Mark is in Stage 4 of the disease. Help, please! Make life a lttle easier for Mark, Anita and their kids.
This is so awesome to hear!!
Find a site called 'The Truth About Cancer' as well as book of same title. My oncologist has been willing to run tests needed to show that my alternative therapies are working. So many possibilities, so don't give in to theory that cancer is a death sentence. It is not. When given proper treatment and support the human body can more than adequately deal with cancer cells that are always present anyway. Each pathway to healing and wholeness is unique and I'm sure that intuition and your faith will guide you well!!