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 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.
It looks like, again, due to your generosity, I will get the rent and the electric paid, however, I still have Verizon and Comcast to pay, and we need dog food, hair conditioner for the kid, trash bags and a few other minor items that our $24/month in food stamps won't buy, if someone could help out with a few more dollars for these items, it would be deeply appreciated.
And thanks again to all of you who have repeatedly assisted us over this rather difficult past year and half. We'd be lost without you. Hopefully this whole nightmare will be over soon. and things will return to normal.
Essentially, the doctor threaded some kind of probe up my urethra so he could play a game of asteroids with a laser and the stones in my kidneys.
I'm down to only 120 lbs, though.
Feeling very frail and weak.
Trying to work, all the same.
And I weighed a whopping 125 lbs at the doctor on Monday (07/11).
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!