NEW UPDATE: we are so HAPPY and BLESSED to share that his Bone Marrow transplant was a SUCCESS. He has very little Cancer left and he has started the maintenance chemo now. The high dose chemo has caused issues with his Thyroid, testosterone, WBC count and Anemia. We were in Georgia for 10 months and because the children were not allowed at the HOPE house we have struggled with stable housing. During his transplant we had to come up with money out of pocket for many expenses. The stress has taken a huge toll on our family and on Chris in particular. We are so thankful to be back home in Spokane Valley, WA. We have found a wonderful duplex to rent, and it is in a great neighborhood close to Amber's new school. Sumer has been sick and Chris is struggling with side effects of the chemo, but we are so proud of our family for handling the tremendous stress as well as we have. We are also SO proud of Christopher for his recent graduation from high school! He was able to graduate on time with his class, and will start at the community college in the fall and then transfer to Eastern in a year.
We are so Thankful for all the money that has been raised to helped get Chris to get his transplant at Emory, get us back home etc. It was such a blessing and saved Chris's life. We still have a significant need for help and ask you to please consider sharing, donating and praying.
Thank you! God Bless -Gomez Family
My name is Chris and I am 39 years old. I married my high school love Sumer 18 years ago. We have 2 amazing children, Christopher Jr. and Amber Dawn, and a loveable puppy, Mr. Zeus. Several years prior to my diagnosis I enjoyed coaching little league, our family enjoyed Going to the Indians baseball games, Swimming, and attending our kids School functions. My wife and I both loved working for non-profit Companies and life was pretty normal. Then, increasing back pain and fatigue started greatly limiting my ability to take part in activities. After a year the pain became unbearable, new rib and sternum pain made breathing excruciating. Finally, The MRI results were in after many doctors and hospital visits. We were shocked to first find out that the severe pain in my bones was from lytic lesions, meaning my bones are filled up with big holes from cancer. I was unable to work and at times even stand without help. After a Bone Marrow Biopsy, we were told the cancer in my bones is a rare blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. MM IS Extremely rare at my age. With no local family my wife became my caregiver and had to significantly cut back on work. I was started on oral Chemo and immediately started having rare side effects to include blisters covering my hands. After a series of treatments and a second bone marrow biopsy, things took a turn for the worse. The results revealed that the cancer was more aggressive than was initially thought and I was moved to the high risk category.
I was immediately started on a high doses of chemotherapy, immunosuppressant's and steroids. This has caused significant side effect but will be worth it once I am able to travel To Emory in Atlanta, Ga and get the cancer treatment and Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) transplant that will save my life.
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