Artist Ray Ferrer - Brain Cancer

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Raised by 212 people in 25 months
Rhian Ferrer  SAN DIEGO, CA
On January 20th 2015 My husband, Artist Ray Ferrer had a seizure. This seizure lead us to the hospital. Many tests were taken and Ray eneded up in the ICU. The CT scans & MRI showed Ray had bleeding and swelling in the left front part of his brain. We do not have a prognosis yet, but Ray has a brain tumor the size of a baseball. Ray and I spent our week in the ICU and returned home until he goes back for another pre-biopsy MRI on January 29th. On April 21st Ray had a craniotomy / biopsy. On April 28th I brought him to the Hospital where they found a hot dog size blood clot in his pulmonary artery, and was suffering from symptoms of Tachycardia. 

On April 29th while in the hospital treating this we were given the Diagnosis of Ray's biopsy. Ray has a Grade 4 Glioblastoma Brain Tumor, Cancer.

Ray is a full-time Artist and I work two part-time jobs. I am now Ray's full time caretaker, as he needs to be monitored, and cannot be left alone, nor can he drive, He currently is in recovery from surgery and needs to learn how to writer, cut stencils, and walk again.

This is going to be a long, difficult journey and for the first time in our lives, we have to ask for help. If you know either one of us, that is not something we are comfortable with. 

We will need help to cover expenses over the course of this year while Ray goes through recovery, chemo, and radiation. 

You can purchase some of Ray's available art in his Etsy Shop and use coupon code ART50 during check out for half off.  www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanWallArt

Here are some of Ray's other links:

Website / Blog:  www.ArtistRay.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Ray_Artist
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/urbanwallart
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/artist_rayferrer
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ray-ferrer/71/935/148


My Art:

Artgland's Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/Artgland






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Update 24
Posted by Rhian Ferrer
21 months ago
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Ray was in good spirits tonight when I left the hospital.
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Update 23
Posted by Rhian Ferrer
21 months ago
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Update on Ray. Today will be Ray Ferrer 's 6th day in ICU. He is has Hemiparesis. He cannot move the entire right side of his body. According to Dr. Chen who did his brain surgery, with Physical Therapy he will be able to regain function in half a year.
His brain bleed has turned into a blood cut, and he of course he is still suffering from a Pulmonary Embolism in his heart/lungs. His right ventricle is getting better.
They have taken him off the blood thinners so his brain will not continue to bleed.
Dr. Chen came in last night at 7pm and told us that he is willing to do another brain surgery to remove the blood clot. There are so many risks/benefits if Ray chooses to do the surgery or not do the surgery. Ray seems to be traumatized by the aftermath of getting the first brain surgery to get a biopsy.
This choice of brain surgery will be completely up to Ray. It is his choice what decision he makes and we will support whatever that may be.
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Update 22
Posted by Rhian Ferrer
22 months ago
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Ray went through with a craniotomy / brain tumor biopsy surgery on Tuesday April 21st. The surgery went well, We are very happy Ray went through this surgery as the Doctors were able to get enough tissue from the Glioma Tumor to pass on to Pathology to determine exactly what Level (1-4) this is, and what type of Glioma Ray has. We have a follow up appointment on May 7th to find out the results, prognosis, and therapies to shrink the tumor. (chemo and/or radiation).
We were told that it would be impossible to remove the tumor from his brain because it is in such a sensitive area which controls strength and motor function. Ray is currently suffering from not being able to use his right side. Every task that you can do with your right side, imagine not being able to use it….
Ray will not be able to work for 3-6 weeks, but he is trying every day to do everything in can do to work on his motor skills. Trying to put on a sock can take 20 minutes, his is unable to do that right now.

Thank you all so much for your continued support...family, old friends, new friends and the kindness of strangers.
Ray // Day of Brain Surgery
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Update 21
Posted by Rhian Ferrer
22 months ago
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MRI rescheduled for Thursday at 1PM
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Logan Wilson
23 months ago
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Howdy mate you dont know me (I think) but I myself have been through and survived 2 brain tumours the first was the size of my fist in my brain the second a bit smaller. You will still be an artist following your op man I have strongs for you, what you going through is truely kak. But its insperation in the future, leading to creativity. Keep thinking positive, when you feel it gets to you remember you have your wife right beside you. let me know what happens I am right here and with I could do more.

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Vinnetta Scrivo
24 months ago
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I know that you do not know me, but I am praying for you and your husband. Please know that my blessings and good energy are with you tonight and every night. You are such a strong woman and I am thinking of you and praying for your husband. You are an amazing woman and don't ever forget that.

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Dylan Ranson
25 months ago
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I hope all goes well for you I am praying for you both. My oldest brother just passed away from a brain tumor and bleeding in the brain just a few days ago so I know how scary it must be. But I know everything will be okay I will pray for you both! :)

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Francis Chiwara
25 months ago
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Healing from Jesus Christ in his name

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Sillie Whabbit
25 months ago
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Just sharing a great artist's go fund me. If you can't donate, please share.

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$16,432 of $50k goal

Raised by 212 people in 25 months
Created January 26, 2015
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Jackie Brooks
11 months ago

Oh dear! I was so sorry to read about Ray's heath! My thoughts are with you both.

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Open Global Hearts
21 months ago

Praying for you Ray and wife

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Brian Gerlack
21 months ago

So sorry for your loss...Brian & Linda

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Linda &Greg Jenks
21 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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Logan Wilson
23 months ago
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Howdy mate you dont know me (I think) but I myself have been through and survived 2 brain tumours the first was the size of my fist in my brain the second a bit smaller. You will still be an artist following your op man I have strongs for you, what you going through is truely kak. But its insperation in the future, leading to creativity. Keep thinking positive, when you feel it gets to you remember you have your wife right beside you. let me know what happens I am right here and with I could do more.

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Vinnetta Scrivo
24 months ago
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I know that you do not know me, but I am praying for you and your husband. Please know that my blessings and good energy are with you tonight and every night. You are such a strong woman and I am thinking of you and praying for your husband. You are an amazing woman and don't ever forget that.

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Dylan Ranson
25 months ago
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I hope all goes well for you I am praying for you both. My oldest brother just passed away from a brain tumor and bleeding in the brain just a few days ago so I know how scary it must be. But I know everything will be okay I will pray for you both! :)

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Francis Chiwara
25 months ago
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Healing from Jesus Christ in his name

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Sillie Whabbit
25 months ago
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