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Mike Stewart Cancer Expense Fund

$15,420 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 225 people in 7 months
This has been a 7 month journey leading to treatment scheduled for a large cancerous tumor next week and for the following 6 months or more ahead.

 Back in late 2016 I had started experiencing symptoms of unexpected weight  loss, irregular bowel movements and lethargy. I expected that it was a flu of some kind.

Unfortunately as time progressed new symptoms appeared including night sweats, vertigo, constipation followed by lack of appetite. Now I  stood at 132lbs from my former weight of 180.  Besides the health impact of losing so much weight im  worried about booking work. Its difficult to market myself since Ive lost 50lbs and all my clothing ,headshots and video source material doesnt match my new heroin thin physique on camera.. Im trying to be creative and do work I think I can physically perform but each time has been a challenge.

I did not have any insurance at the time which delayed the urgency of coming in at first sign of something wrong. I went to the healthy SF free clinic and got some blood,fecal and urine results for a possible diagnosis which resulted in nothing out of the ordinary. 

I was sent to SF General Hospital for further testing and xray. Let the bills begin. Just the simple blood test and initial visit set me back $1500.  I have applied to medi-cal and hope to be approved however I will not know up to 45 days or what deductible I may have which scares the hell out of me. .

This last weeks visit involved a endoscopy, 2 colonscopies (first one was stopped midway because of a large tumor), 2 MRI's, 2 Cat scans, more bloodwork and a 10 day visit at intensive care.  As of now, not to mention the chemo/radiation/surgery ahead it will be over $90,000 for services.

To begin with a colonoscopy was ordered and after waiting several weeks I was admitted for the first and what I thought only procedure. They found 2 polyps both were removed safely however they also found a large 10cm baseball sized tumor that was blocking my intestinal passageways with a tentacle reaching towards my pancreas.  Because of the severity of the mass a MRI was ordered up in addition to a CATScan to understand what the course of action would be .

The good news is the tumor has not spread beyond its local area and localized lymph nodes, they do consider this a stage 3 type 1 colon cancer which has a  very strong prognosis for full recovery over a course of 6 months of chemothreapy and high radiation.

Upon reading the MRI they also discovered a tear in the abdomindable wall and my colon so an emergency surgery was required. Had any bile left my colon into my stomach I wouldve poisoned my whole body and not be writing here right now. So grateful they caught it but it also meant a much longer stay in the hospital and recovery time before we can address the elephant in the room.

I was released july 6th and am waiting for the upcoming 6 weeks of chemo and followed by several weeks of high dose radiation to reduce or kill the tumor so I can finally go to the restroom like any normal person out there and more importantly get back to what I love to do in life. I think Ive just about binged watched every netflix show out here being confined to the couch. Vitamin D I need ya !

I dont know how my body will handle this  but have been told most working will be most likely out of the question. I hope this is not the case. My living expenses soared this year due to a move out and has forced me to live off my credit cards to offset my lack of income but that is not sustainable ....which is why I come to this site as a last ditch effort to keep surving this.

I do meet this health issue head on and look forward to enjoying life again as I always have. The mindset I have now is to remember what you do have not what you dont. For me its absolutely family, friends and loved ones but most of all good health.

This new journey my body is taking me on makes me realize just how important it is to just take a hike in park on sunny day without feeling anything but bliss , its a simple thing easily taken for granted until you physically cant do it anymore.  

I know so many of the people around me are struggling financially and do not want to place my burden on anyone, sometimes even sparing $5 is tough I know however any amount or sharing on your board with others to help me is greatly, greatly appreciated.
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Starting a new you tube channel out of my new passion. Calling it CryptoCrackAttacks :). Something that covers Bitcoin and crypto currencies, It just an idea out of left field but its my latest passion and Ive been studying it for months. I definitely need some new subscribers to support this just to at least make it seem people are interested lol. Can you follow my link and help me get this going ? No content yet I just imagined this tonight over a convo with a friend, Ive totally bored in bed all the time fighting cancer and found the best way to beat my mind is to dive into something that distracts me in a positive way and hope maybe I can find a way to work still while incapacitated .. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUGhK-_K1eL3PYmPiCjyBvw
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Hi everyone, I hope your day has been amazing and life is progressing in the most positive way :) I wanted to express my true appreciation for all the comments supporting me today.


It turns out I was not checked into the hospital today unfortunately. I thought this would be a straight forward operation and I would be back 100% in no time. Unfortunately this was not the case. I was given the news this will be a much more comprehensive operation than originally planned. Apparently the tumor has affected many surrounding organs which will require removal leaving me with a permanent disability. It was extremely hard to digest but met it with insane laughter and a loss of words.

After spending the majority of my day processing this I was able to turn the news around with a positive outlook. There are many more people out there that have things far worse. I am grateful that even though the news was difficult I will survive and adapt to the outcome.

The surgery is now scheduled in a few weeks from this point with an expert team of surgeons at UCSF Mission bay the newest hospital in SF. I am seeking a second opinion as well at Stanford ; another leading hospital in cancer therapy . I plan to be practicing natural remedies to fight this as well using all available options to cure myself.

Please dont worry , I want everyone to know that although the news was hard to digest and process I only have the fight in me and a positive outlook. Simply this a issue I have to deal with but have a huge drive in life to further my dreams and goals .

I would love to have further great experiences and accomplishments but more importantly to somehow touch the lives around me for greater change and acceptance . I only want the best for society and if I can just make that small difference for others I have succeeded.

With that being said please dont take this news adversely, know that I have peace in my heart and will continue to press on on the planet we call earth :)
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Going in for the big knife tommorrow to rid myself of the beast within me. A lot of trepedation about it and how long the recovery will be in the hospital afterwards. It has to be done if I want to have a life outside bed 24/7 and live adventure again. Definitely concerned but also looking forward to seeing everyone and have some social time this year it has been too much and Im stir crazy. Need that fun in my life !! Just want to thank you all for the support it really saved me this year and wishing everyone only the best, Cheers !!
climbing that mountain to higher planes
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Just got news the tumor is DEAD! Not out of the woods yet as they have to operate to remove everything but looks like the home stretch is here. I can't wait to be able to work on set again I miss everyone so much !
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