Cancer Sucks

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Hello again!

First, to make sure everyone is caught up: In August and September, I was rushed by ambulance to the hospital because I experienced "partial seizures," which is similar to a stroke. While I recovered from them, the unfortunate truth is that it will probably occur again at some point, but I digress... 

Today's concern is that we have just received nearly $7000 in ambulance fees that my insurance has determined they will not cover. We've already attempted to negotiate a lower amount with the ambulance company, but to no avail. So, once again, as much as I hate to, I turn to you for help.

Anything that can be offered would be greatly appreciated, and a huge thank you in advance!


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Hi Everyone, It's Stephan

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I post this update.

On 2/17, my beautiful soulmate, Heather, had a seizure while we were attending a Doctor Who convention.

After rushing her to the hospital, it was determined that the breast cancer we thought we had beaten has metastasized into her brain.

None of us knows how much time Heather has left with us. But barring a miracle (which we are all praying for), it is the horrible truth that her time with us is limited.

Before I ask you to help us again, I want to make something clear. Heather and I are not destitute, but we are by no means wealthy. Her treatment will be expensive, no doubt, but we can most likely handle it.

The purpose of my appeal today is two-fold.

1) Helping me give Heather the best days of her life. While are are going to be ok financially, we certainly don't have the kind of free capital to do much aside from getting her treated. If you know my wife, you know shes got a hell of a bucket list, and I would like to knock as many things as I can off that list.

2) Giving people who want to do something, a meaningful way to contribute. When facing this grim reality, there isn't going to be much that any of you can do for us directly, but I know you all want to. Contributing to this fund would give you a clear and meaningful way to "help". Every single dollar contributed will go toward making sure we can make the most of the time we have with the love of my life, regardless of how long that might be.

This is by far the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my life. Please help me give my wife the future she deserves.


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Hello!

First off, thank you for looking at our GoFundMe page.

Our little family has recently received some bad news-Heather has been diagnosed with breast cancer. There are more tests to be done, but the doctors have identified malignant tissue in a breast lump and a lymph node, so she is definitely looking at 6 months of chemo, surgery, and radiation therapy. We expect the treatment to start within the next three months.

Upon announcing this news, many of our friends and family have been asking how they can help. While it is too early to really know what kind of emotional/daily support we might need, we can say with certainty that, even with decent insurance, our finances are about to change significantly.

Also, some of you also know that we have been saving our pennies for a down payment on a house (that we were hoping to buy early next year). Unfortunately, it looks like not only will our savings plan be put on hold, but the savings we have will have to be reallocated to keep us afloat while Heather is unable to work.

Funds donated to us will first be used to pay medical bills, then living expenses/provide for our baby girl. Anything extra will go back toward refunding our home savings.

 Any help that you can give will be greatly appreciated and a huge thank you in advance!
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So, change of plans....
I'm happy to report that after reevaluating my ambulance bills, Cigna decided to cover them after all.

Now, I have a new challenge...

I have discovered a specialized cancer center in AZ that offers "powerful and targeted treatment solutions made possible by bridging the best in advanced, natural based therapies and state-of-the-art conventional medicine. By taking this approach to medicine, and being on the true cutting edge of technology, many patients that did not find success can have a true 2nd opinion and possibly a new opportunity at life. The key is personalization. Envita has had to develop many proprietary therapies and delivery methods throughout the years that were derived from the needs of specialized testing. We found that the way to better care begins with proper planning, testing and treatment options that are integrated and designed just for your individual expression of cancer or disease. We call this, “the medical blueprint,” in action. With this “medical blueprint,” patients get a much deeper diagnosis that truly drives better treatment."
While this sounds like a great opportunity to get a 2nd opinion and treatment plan that is specialized just for me and my ailments, the challenge is that they don't accept insurance. I talked to their coordinator and she said they have seen the initial consultation and testing cost anywhere from $6,000-10,000. They do have 3rd party financial companies that can appeal to my insurance, but there is no guarantee they'll do anything. Also, it'd be a reimbursement, so I'd need the funds upfront.

I know it's a lot to ask, but if it's as good as it sounds, it could be my lifesaver. And, as usual, you are all amazing and beyond appreciated for everything.
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Hi Everyone, It's Stephan

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I post this update.

On 2/17, my beautiful soulmate, Heather, had a seizure while we were attending a Doctor Who convention.

After rushing her to the hospital, it was determined that the breast cancer we thought we had beaten has metastasized into her brain.

None of us knows how much time Heather has left with us. But barring a miracle (which we are all praying for), it is the horrible truth that her time with us is limited.

Before I ask you to help us again, I want to make something clear. Heather and I are not destitute, but we are by no means wealthy. Her treatment will be expensive, no doubt, but we can most likely handle it.

The purpose of my appeal today is two-fold.

1) Helping me give Heather the best days of her life. While are are going to be ok financially, we certainly dont have the kind of free capital to do much aside from getting her treated. If you know my wife, you know shes got a hell of a bucket list, and I would like to knock as many things as I can off that list.

1) Giving people who want to do something, a meaningful way to contribute. When facing this grim reality, there isn't going to be much that any of you can do for us directly, but I know you all want to. Contributing to this fund would give you a clear and meaningful way to "help". Every single dollar contributed will go toward making sure we can make the most of the time we have with the love of my life, regardless of how long that might be.

This is by far the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my life. Please help me give my wife the future she deserves.

Heather's Bi-lateral Brain Mets
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Had my post-operation follow up today...
The good news: I AM OFFICIALLY CANCER FREE!
The bad news: They are going to make me do radiation. The silver lining of that is the treatment only lasts a month, so at least it will be quick!
They haven't determined the start date for that yet, they have to consult with my plastic surgeon, but it could be just a few weeks away... More info coming soon!
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Well, here we go, surgery tomorrow! I'm anxious to start the next (and, hopefully, last) part of my treatment, but I'm not looking forward to everything that goes with it-especially having to keep my li'l pumpkin at a distance :( Fingers crossed for an easy recovery...
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$16,270 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 206 people in 38 months
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$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
RW
$50
Robin Weiner
4 months ago

Fight on!

IB
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Irene/Kirk Bodily
4 months ago

Prayers for you all

IB
$20
Ingrid de Beus
4 months ago

All love to you and yours.

$200
Reg Franchi
4 months ago

Love you all!

KM
$200
Keith Michaelis
22 months ago

Sending you love, energy and peace during this difficult time for you guys. We hope this helps with Heather's bucket list or whatever you need it for. Love, Keith, Cil, Henry and Noah.

JL
$100
Jeannie Ly
23 months ago
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Sending prayers and love to you and your family. Love you Heather!

RC
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Ralph & Tanya Chapman
24 months ago
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We wish you all the best!

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