Scott's Cancer Treatment

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Pamela Kellogg  MCHENRY, IL
Hi everyone.  My name is Pam Kellogg and my husband's name is Scott Kellogg.  We've been married for 28 years.  Scott is an auto mechanic at a Ford Dealership and I'm a needlework designer and publisher of a small needlework magazine.

Scott has recently be diagnosed with a type of cancer.  It's treatable and has a 85% success rate of being curable.  He will be getting chemo and radiation treatments.

Unfortunately, due to another recent surgery back in December of 2015, we are out of money.  We're still paying for that surgery.  Now, we're looking at loss of pay, medical expenses, travel expenses and despite having good insurance, we probably have a to pay another outrageous deductible come the new year.

Although Scott plans to try to continue to work through this, I know he will be limited.  I certainly will be working as much as I can but my income won't cover our regular bills much less the treatment expenses.

Scott's treatment will be starting immediately.  He's already lost some time at work due to Dr. appointments so I need some help right away.

I personally expect a full recovery for him.  He's very resilient and has a good attitude.

It pains me to have to swallow my pride and ask my family and friends for monetary assistance.  I've always enjoyed giving and helping others.  I've always believed in working for what we need.  But I guess the time has come where I have to ask for some help.

It's hard enough to deal with cancer but to have to worry about money too, it's just too much.

I will be so thankful when the cancer is gone and we can get back to living.  In the meantime, I will be very grateful to have some help so that we don't have to worry about our financial situation during the healing process.

Thank you,

Pam
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Update 26
Posted by Pamela Kellogg
1 month ago
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Good Morning everyone! Scott is doing well. Only 2 1/2 weeks of treatments left. We're both counting down the days until this is over and the real healing can begin.

Unfortunately, I now have over $5,000.00 in medical bills sitting on my desk. I've done very well staying on top of everything until now.

It pains me to keep asking for help but the relief in being able to get this all paid for so we can put this horrible experience behind us, would be incredible. The last 6 months have just been awful for both of us.

We don't need to reach the goal that I set. We just need to raise another $5,000.00 to put this nightmare behind us. Cancer is hell!

If you can help with a donation or even just help by sharing this post as much as you can, I would so much appreciate it.

And thank you all so much for the donations and prayers that you've give us. We are both so grateful. I'll post another update next week.

Pam
https://www.gofundme.com/scotts-cancer-t
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Update 25
Posted by Pamela Kellogg
1 month ago
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Hi everyone, I want to give you all an update on Scott's treatments. He's doing pretty well. He's having a little trouble eating due to his mouth being sore but so far, fingers crossed, he hasn't had to use the feeding tube.

We're down to the final month of treatments. 3 more of the mild chemo's and 4 more weeks of the radiation treatments.

After that, it's a matter of paying off the medical bills, getting back on our feet and having our life back.

I can't thank you all enough for your kindness, prayers and generosity. Little by little, we're getting there.

I'll post another update in a week or two.

Thank you again, Pam
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Update 24
Posted by Pamela Kellogg
1 month ago
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Hi everyone! I thought I'd give you an update on Scott. He's doing very well. We had the feeding tube put in last week. This is for the sake of precaution, just in case the radiation makes his throat too sore for him to eat and swallow. The Dr. said that most people don't need it but it's better to have it and not use it than visa versa.

He started the radiation on Thursday. He'll get it 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The mild chemo continues on Monday's. If all continues to go well, the treatments will be done by mid-April and then the feeding tube will be removed around the beginning of May. We don't know yet how long they'll wait to take the port out but we're getting there with things.

Thank you again for your kindness, prayers and generosity. I will keep ya'll posted as we complete this process.

https://www.gofundme.com/scotts-cancer-treatment

Love to all, Pam
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Update 23
Posted by Pamela Kellogg
2 months ago
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Hi Everyone. I want to give ya'll an update on how Scott is doing. Very well actually. The mild chemo treatments don't seem to be messing with his stomach at all, thank goodness! There are some side effects but they're mild so we can deal with them.

The radiation will be starting soon. First, because this is on his neck, a feeding tube will have to be put in which requires surgery. I'm waiting to get the exact date on that. I'm assuming next week sometime.

He's going to be missing a lot of work again. The surgery is an overnight stay in the hospital. The radiation will be 5 days a week for 6 weeks.

Mondays he will be getting the mild chemo and radiation so he won't be able to squeeze in any work time on Mondays. I'm not sure he'll be able to work at all towards the end of the radiation treatments but that remains to be seen.

I'll keep you posted. If all goes as expected, the treatments should be done by mid - late April. We're both stressed and we're both tired but having the medical stuff out of the way will be a huge relief. He's responding very well to the treatments!

Love and hugs!
Pam
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Kaholly Quilts
3 months ago

That's wonderful news!

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Diana Foster Smith
4 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this Pam. I have just finished myself going through chemo for breast cancer. I just had my 3rd surgery in a year 2 weeks ago, so I can relate to what you are dealing with. I will be praying for you and Scott that he will be able to work through this, but you are correct, it does tire you out considerably and it is rough going through it. Thankfully, we also had good insurance and I was able to continue to work through it although and I can that right now all my sick and vacation time are gone. I will keep you in my prayers.

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Kaholly Quilts
3 months ago

That's wonderful news!

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Diana Foster Smith
4 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this Pam. I have just finished myself going through chemo for breast cancer. I just had my 3rd surgery in a year 2 weeks ago, so I can relate to what you are dealing with. I will be praying for you and Scott that he will be able to work through this, but you are correct, it does tire you out considerably and it is rough going through it. Thankfully, we also had good insurance and I was able to continue to work through it although and I can that right now all my sick and vacation time are gone. I will keep you in my prayers.

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