Uncle Mike's Fight of a Lifetime
My youngest brother, Michael – Mike, recently went to the hospital with a really sore back. He woke up the next day with a 12 inch incision on his spine, and a cancer diagnosis.
Pretty crappy? You bet. Mike is 54 years old, the baby of our family, and has been working building up an agricultural business venture with his sons in rural Saskatchewan. Just as their farm business is about to hit its stride, though, Mike's treatment makes it impossible for him to be exposed to any soil or soil minerals for at least 6 months.
Chemo… ass kicking chemo will do that. So now, as his boys take on more work at the farm, relocation into Saskatoon for treatment is a life priority for Mike, regardless of costs and the real impact on personal budgets stretched to the max.
Mike’s family has stepped up as family always do, but Mike and the rest of us would appreciate any help that you could offer.
Knowing Mike like we do, you would know that he will survive; he is a fighter and will not allow this Burkett lymphoma to beat him.
Its an unfair position for Mike, and his boys, but you can help make this fight a little more fair. Your assistance in any amount would be a great help to Mike and his boys and family as they take on the fight of a lifetime.
We have established a budget to cover relocation costs including travel, rent, and groceries. We have a secure place for Mike to live on the days he is allowed out of hospital, and for family to stay and help him manage treatment. The budget is $3,000 per month for at least 6 months.
To get there sixty donations of fifty dollars each month gets over the hurdle, but any amount you could contribute would help us make this an easier time for Mike -- our little brother, uncle, and dad.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
Thanks you one final time for your thoughts and prayers and generosity over the past 6 months.
Michael's doctors have determined that he is now Cancer free!!
Yes cancer free.
He has some work that is needed on the site of his surgery and has some some issues with the sensations in his lower extremities as a result of pressure on his spine from the tumor...more challenges to work through but not life threatening.
So we will be shutting down this Go Fund Me campaign today with a huge thank you to all who have contributed their support to Mike and his family throughout these past 5 months.
Your financial contributions provided assurance that the added costs in this journey would be met.
Your day to day support of cooked meals and day to day logistical support made the mechanics of Mikes life easier.
Your ongoing messages of encouragement and concern provided the messages of love that comforted all through this unexpected journey.
So Mike's journey is not over; still on the road to recovery a road we will be happy to share with him.
I am looking for lessons learned from Uncle Mike's Fight of Lifetime...
Never underestimate the power of friendship, positive thinking and hard work.
Love and reassurances of love will carry the day.
Never give up...never give up.
Best wishes Mike you did what your doctors said you would have to do ...survive the treatment now onto the rest of your life.
Love from your older brother,
Finished what we hope will be his last round of Chemo last week and is at home resting and recovering.
Dealing with what he called some chemo hangover but feeling much better.
Critical tests lie ahead in the next few weeks to determine the status of his system and to determine if further chemo therapy will be required.
Not out of the woods yet but in a much better place than before with a lot more to be determined once the tests are completed.
Thanks again to all of you who have provided your support and thanks again for your continued prayers, good wishes and positive thoughts.
The medical team who are awesome… advised Mike some time ago that the treatment for Burkitt Lymphoma is very tough to survive. So we can all celebrate that Mike advises his medical team is very pleased with his response to the treatment so far and are considering this round of chemo as his final round. Testament to one tough, focused hombre! Mike will tell you that he has been riding a wave of positivity; built on love and generosity.
Every great fighter has a team that manages and supports every aspect of the fighters approach to the next round. Mikes Team includes but is not limited to; those who contributed funds for support, those who contributed in person through visits to the hospital, phone calls and texts at home, groceries and supplies that arrive at the condo, organizers that put the Steak Night into motion and the great meals prepared by family and friends. It’s awesome that the support is there when needed most. So many individuals contributed in those many ways that it is impossible to name them all.
We are all very optimistic that the final round is being played out now and look forward to Mike looking back on this as a fight that was hard fought and won!!! We all are thinking of him as he goes through what we hope will be the last round of chemo.
The donations have been tallied and will be up on the gofundme page shortly but we have met our goal for funds raised. Awesome!!! If anyone still wishes to donate they can do so.
Look for another update in the next few weeks.