Tony's Brain Cancer
On 28 January, I had a seizure, and went to the ER at St. Raphael's, where a CT scan and an MRI revealed a brain tumor. I've had a biopsy surgery, which eventually revealed a malignant (cancerous) glioma about the size of a golf ball.
Because I've in otherwise been in excellent shape for an old (46yrs) man with diabetes (I was running c. 40 miles/week before this happened, controlling my diabetes with diet+exercise only), the docs believe we can beat this thing, and possibly see no further complications for 3 to 10 years after radiation.
They're not allowing me to run right now, unless it's indoors on a treadmill (I'm walking a lot, and with your help, have ordered a cheap eliptical trainer to workout in the house). They don't want me to have a seizure miles from the house, alone.
I work primarily as a freelance translator, and they say the radiation could affect the linguistic parts of my brain, which could be bad for work. I also do web development on the side.
They say I'm going to be very tired. I'm going to lose hair, but I'm not too broken up over that...it just means I won't have to run the clippers around my head as often...
I have bills to pay, and a child to feed, and I appreciate all of your help. We have electric heat and owe the electric company $900. I DO have medical insurance, so do not require assistance with medical expenses at this time, just help to pay the utilities and rent, keep food on the table.
I don't know what to expect of course, I'm starting what I hope will be my last round of chemo probably next week,
but pending today's results. Hopefully we're almost out of the woods with this thing, but we're not yet...
I've got comcast, verizon, and the electric company all breathing down my neck,
and the food stamps and child support for the month are all gone.
Soc Security says, because my illness is so recent (?! I've been fighting this cancer for almost 3 years now!),
they can't make any decision until December, when the last I'd heard was they'd have some news for me this month...I guess that WAS my news?
I have to wait until December to get any definitive decision from them.)I'm starting to lose my patience with the whole ordeal,
frankly, tired of struggling, sick and tired of being sick and tired...each round of chemo seems to effect me more than the last,
although lately I've been feeling stronger every day. I had wasted away to 114 lbs and looked like death after the last round,
but I'm back up to 120 lbs now, and, like I said, feeling stronger every day, let's hope I weather this next round well,
and become cancer free, and can get back to training for a marathon! (and working full-time)
Noq, on top of trying to fight off several diseases at once, the landlord is trying to throw us out (the greedy bastards won't even sign their name to their letter.
Now. I know I owe them $75x3 or $225 in late fees from Feb, March and April, when I was in a) Brain surgery, and then b) stuck in rehab for 6 weeks, but I have no idea where they came up with this $372 number. So, by my calculations, i owe them $1020.oo by Sept. 10, which I don't have, but by their calculations, I owe them $1167.00.
So tired of having to worry about losing my home while trying to fight for my life here..
I had a bad seizure Wednesday morning, took the ambulance to the ER, did all kinds of tests, and they FINALLY figured out what's been causing the back pain I've been to the ER for FOUR TIMES IN THE PASST 4 WEEKS ALREADY!...
YES, DESPITE GOING TO THE ER, SEEING MY PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, HAVING SEVERAL CT SCANS, ETC. I've been walking around with pneumonia for the better part of a month!
Does this seem ridiculous to anyone else?
The worst part is I actually had work, so I lost 3 days of work on a large project for an important client. Now I'm scrambling to catch up, and not doing so great.
Comcast, United Illuminating (electric co.) and Verizon all breathing down my neck.
Good news is that July was a great month for my work and revenue, but I won' t get paid until September 12 ).
drinking lotso water, trying to survive this nasty heat wave (2nd one this summer where we've had 95+° heat for 3 or more days), but have melted down to only 118 lbs (5'7"). feeling pretty fragile, and exhausted.
Can't wait for
a) Autumn and reasonable weather, and
b) an end to this cancer nightmare... to be cancer free (hopefully soon, but not holding my breath)
Hello. Please help. I never ask for donations online. But this is an emergency. My good friend Steve Baldwin has a brother Tony. Tony just had his second brain surgery to remove a tumor. They were able to remove 97 percent of the tumor. Tony is recovering but cannot work yet. The immediate problem: rent. Tony owes $3000 in back rent. His landlord is threatening to evict him if he doesn't pay $3000 in rent by March 10. I have 300 friends on Facebook. If you click on the attached go fund me for Tony and you each donate $10 the problem will be solved. I contributed my part. Can you please donate and help this man from being evicted? Can you please pray for him? Thanks, friends!