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 tumors in his lungs and one in his aorta, but now this number has grown to 6 tumors 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 stereo tactic 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 tumors.
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 disability insurance as we support all five of our children, but his coverage is only half of his previous income.
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.
We are also now seeking donations to cover the cost of a clinical trial that is being done in California. Mark’s oncologist would like to send him down there to receive treatment in hopes of possibly getting rid of the cancer completely.
Mark also would like to try to travel while he is well because with an incurable 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.
Mark did stereotactic radiation a few years ago but developed radiation pneumonitis from this. This is inflammation of his lungs that makes him very sick and weak. He had to take steroids to overcome the radiation pneumonitis, but these steroids have 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 the year prior to last. He is off of it now as the side effects were quite severe. He is currently on two different types of chemotherapy 1) oral pills he takes every day for two weeks, then one week off, and 2) IV chemo at Lions Gate Hospital every three weeks. He has been on this regiment for a year now, which as you can imagine, is quite hard on him.
He would have to go down there quite regularly for 6 months to a year so it would be quite a bit of travel.
I am going to try write a letter to an airline and a hotel chain down there to see if maybe someone would be willing to sponsor him. If anyone knows of any connections, please let me know.
On a positive note, today Mark felt better than he has in two months, so we are hoping he is on the upswing from this nasty cold.
The oncologist upped his treatment last week as the CT scan showed there were a couple of new tumours showing up in his lungs. The new chemo he introduced made him very sick for about a week but he seems to be getting better today.
They did a CT scan on him this week and the doctor said there are a few new tumors on the bottom of his lungs. He said it is likely due to the fact that he has had to miss treatment for this period of time.
His doctor mentioned a clinical trial down in California which sounds promising. Apparently he has sent a women down there who has the same cancer as him, and she is now in complete remission (or 'no evidence of disease' as they now call it).
We are now going to start fundraising again to try have this experimental treatment done on Mark. We have not been told as to what the cost is yet, but should learn more about it next week when we see his oncologist, Dr. Smiljanic.
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.
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!!