Please help by offering friendship, emotional and financial support to Doug & Laura Durant.
Doug is in a huge battle with lymphoma and will need our ongoing support and love to give him the energy to beat this. Doug's monthly insurance premium is over $2000 a month and the insurance does not cover all of the expenses associated with a lengthy hospital stay. Their portion of the expense (not covered by insurance) can reach $20,000.
After spending most of the summer in hospital, Doug has now moved to the transplant center and is in the preparation phase for a stem-cell transplant. This is an ongoing battle Doug is fighting. He will spend many weeks in hospital and then many more months at home recuperating. The long-term care is something they cannot financially endure and any donation (even $5) will help them. Let's show him that he's not alone.
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Next, we begin the exausting challenge of grappling with home health care. The post transplant meds order was so large that it was delivered with it's own swag bag :-/
In spite of the odds - and there were times when they were pretty slim - we DID make it to the top of the mountain. Now comes the part where we have to climb down the other side - already exausted, legs shaking, being careful not to stumble... taking it one day at a time...
Looking ahead... priorities include stocking up on med supplies, meal planning and transportation for the daily clinic visits.
THANK YOU for your support - we could not have made it to this point without you.
--- Laura Durant
The transplant itself was eventfully... uneventful. Everyone present carefully watched the IV bag of cell-laden liquid flow down a slender plastic tube towards his chest catheter. Laura held his hand as this crimson miracle quietly entered his body and recalled the challenges they had to overcome just to get to this moment. Then Laura lit up a handfull of small electric tea candles and in keeping with (informal) tradition, the staff joined her in singing to him.... Happy Birthday.
There will be many weeks of (sometimes painful) recovery ahead for them and eventually Doug will even need to have a brand-new round of immunization shots just as if he were a newborn (hence the "Happy Birthday"). But for that moment - just for that night - they celebrated a delicious window of respite.
Thank you dear friends for your support and encouragement - it's what has kept them going. If you'd like to wish Doug a happy "new" birthday - please send messages to: firstname.lastname@example.org