Dear friends and family,
Thank you for visiting my One-to-One Fund.
I'm a recent Cancer Survivor & this is my story. Up until about 4 years ago I was a pretty healthy guy who enjoyed life, long walks, exercise, cooking, maintaining my yard (I’m hands on type person), traveling and spending time with my family. Slowly my overall health started changing - less energy, loss of appetite, weight loss and an occasional unexplained fever.
After a long bout of recurring fevers and increasing fatigue, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in October 2016. Multiple Myeloma is a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow that also afflicted my father who was diagnosed with it in 1997 and died in 1999.
Immediately my oncologist put me on one of the traditional cocktail of medications designed to destroy the Myeloma cells. During this time I stopped working in order to undergo therapy. The initial therapy lasted three months and was very successful. I was then scheduled to receive Chemotherapy and Stem Cell Transplant as a final step to eradicate or dramatically reduce the amount of myeloma cells. I spent two weeks in the hospital and discharged mid March 2017. After 3 1\2 months of recovery I finally returned to work. I am now adjusting to my new “normal” life and getting ready to begin maintenance therapy in October 2017; just about one year after initial diagnosis.
Life is indeed good but cancer like any other chronic illness is very expensive. Being out of work and on disability for 9 months significantly affected the emotional and financial balance of our home. Our challenge now is to meet the past, current and upcoming medical expenses that has created undue stress on my family and a great drain on our resources. In other words I'm surviving cancer but "dying" from medical debt.
the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation’s One-to-One Funds are designed to support patients through this difficult transplant journey. Thank you in advance for your support. All gifts are tax deductible.