Tony's Brain Cancer

$13,640 of $14.5k goal

Raised by 146 people in 20 months
Tony Baldwin  NEW HAVEN, CT
I am a single parent, and I work freelance/self-employed. I've missed considerable time working already, and will miss significantly more time, yet, because I've just had brain surgery. Getting back to work now has been proving difficult so far, just since the biopsy (anti-seizure meds make me tired and make it hard for me to focus), and I'm going to be doing radiation therapy 5 days/week for the next 6 to 8 weeks, starting 20 February, which is only going to make it more difficult.
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.
Thanks.
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Update 33
1 month ago

my landlord's lovely way of welcoming me home after 3 days in the hospital with pneumonia (Yes, on top of kidney stones and a brain tumor, as if I didn't have enough to worry about!
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..
Welcom home!
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Update 32
1 month ago

I just spent 3 days (6am Wednesday 08/24 to 4pm Friday 08/26) in the hospital again.
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!...
PNEUMONIA.
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.
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Update 31
1 month ago

I've been in the Emergency room again a couple of times in the past week, and visited my primary care physician, who is ordering various tests and images, due to unexplained back pain (apparently NOT caused by the kidney stones after all), and other unexplained pains and complications.
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)
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Update 30
2 months ago

I'm in trouble again!
I sent the landlord a rent check for August already, then paid some other bills, which apparently didn't clear immediately, then, because those bills hadn't yet gone through, thought I still had sufficient funds to cover that check, but apparently did not, and now, there is only $662 in my account, and the rent check ($795) has not been deposited, so if it goes in now, it's going to bounce, then I'm going to be in BIG TROUBLE with the landlord! I don't know what to do!
Part of the problem is that I had to buy my daughter a phone again! (She's lost or broken 4 iPhones in the past 2 years! I didn't have the insurance on this last one, because after replacing two, they wouldn't cover another, so I had to pay cash $325 for a used one).
I think next month, finally, I should be out of the woods and able to pay the rent, myself, due to some translation work that came through (Finally!)
But for August, I'm definitely "behind the 8-ball" as they say. I have until the 10th to pay it, though. At the same time, I'm a little worried about them depositing a rubber check, then losing fees for that, both at the bank, and with the landlord, etc.
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John Tobey
7 months ago
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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!

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$13,640 of $14.5k goal

Raised by 146 people in 20 months
Created February 4, 2015
Tony Baldwin  
$50
Jeffrey Watson
10 days ago
PS
$80
Peter Sandrini
15 days ago
$60
Anonymous
19 days ago
PB
$50
Peter Beauclerk
21 days ago

All the best Tony, from another older single parent freelance translator. I feel your situation. Be well, I believe you will... Peter

PS
$30
Pierre Souchar
21 days ago

All our best thoughts to you Tony and your son !

KS
$25
Kerry Swatridge
21 days ago
$50
Anonymous
21 days ago
GG
$50
Geoff Gordon
28 days ago
$50
Daniel Zandonadi
28 days ago

May you live many years more and be good soon!

$50
Marcio Badra
29 days ago
John Tobey
7 months ago
1
1

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!

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