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Joe’s Road to Recovery

$16,555 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 193 people in 4 months
Created February 10, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Tara Olohan-Esteves
My brother is one of the strongest men I know. In August 2018, he was diagnosed with rare stage 3 neuroendocrine cancer in his esophagus, stomach and lymph nodes. After a couple of rounds of chemo and an intense surgery, he is on the road to being a survivor. Unfortunately he has had a few setbacks and a longer hospital stay.  Once he gets out of the hospital, he needs to focus on recovery and not bills. He has always been there for me, so now it’s my turn to return the favor. I started this GoFund Me page so he can put all of his energy into his recovery and getting home to his boys!
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Here is the latest. Joe had another endoscopy Monday to stretch his esophagus again. This time they used the max to dilate it. Hopefully this helps and he no longer feels food getting stuck in his esophagus. Then on Wednesday, Joe had a CT scan of the abdomen and chest. The doctor told him they both looked clean. No signs of cancer returned!!! We are very happy and grateful for that news. He goes back every 3 months for the next 2 years. Insurance denied his second PetScan, so he is getting CT scans for now.
Around mother's day weekend he developed a colon infection most likely from being hospitalized for so long and from being on antibiotics for so long. He has to take medication for that until July, which was not fully covered by the insurance. He has been taking the meds since May. He is starting to feel better but has good days and bad days because of the C-Diff. Again, thank you so much for all of the prayers and donations. He still has a rough year ahead ares he slowly reconditions his health, but we are staying positive. Thank you everyone for all of your support. Continue to think of Joe in your prayers please.
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Joe at the park today with his boys ❤️❤️
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Latest update:
Thanks. Joe had another endoscopy last night in NY. They stretched his esophagus with a balloon tonight because there was some scar tissue. It went well. He has been on a soft food diet and will continue that diet for a few weeks. The feeding tube came out today too which is great news!!! His lungs are slowly recovering from the surgery as he tries to move around and walk some more. Krugs is having a fundraiser on his behalf on 3/30/19! Half of the proceeds made that day will go to my brother! He will try to head over around 130pm. They will hang a little and then maybe go back around 430 to see the evening crowd. It will all depend on how Joe is feeling!! Thank you to everyone for all of their love, support, donations, and prayers throughout all of this!! We are lucky to have so much love and support.
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Here is the latest good news about Joe. He was discharged from the hospital last Tuesday because as Jenn's last update mentioned it was just wait and see how his bdy adapted without the sponge. Since he did well over the weekend, they sent him home to continue to recover with his family while waiting for further testing. We didn't want to post anything until he had the ct scan, which was yesterday. If he had leaking, he may have needed to return to the hospital, but thankfully it looked good and the contrast stayed comtained within his esophagus and stomach. So, the dr. Is allowing him to finally sip and swallow water and tea this week. He has to keep it to small volumes to allow his stomach to adapt. He returns to the Middletown office Monday for an endoscopy which will allow the dr to get a closer look at the lining inside the esophagus to mael sure there are no gaps or tiny spaces where food or pills could get stuck once he moves to soft foods. She will also check to make sure the stomach is movkng everything into his intestines as it should. A few weeks back he had a balloon expand the opening to the intestines because it was tight. He still has a small pocket of fluid near his spleen which they say should work itself out. He still has some congestion in his lungs which is causing him to get winded at times. He is on the feeding tube 18 hours a day. Continue those prayers for continued healing please. He still has a long road to go. Coming home is huge and we are very happy to have him here, but we need him to stay on track in recovering so he can stay home. I will update this after his next procedure on Monday. Joe and I are so overwhelmed by the generous donations, love, and support from everyone on here. We truly appreciate the help during this challenging time. Thank you so much. Xoxo
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Raised by 193 people in 4 months
Created February 10, 2019
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on behalf of Tara Olohan-Esteves
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