This is a hard blog entry to write.
I’ve been preoccupied with a medical condition that is affecting my time and ability to focus on other issues right now. About 3 years ago, after a minor surgery, a very rare form of cancer (Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans) was found in the pathology specimen taken from my shoulder. It was apparent that the initial surgery did not get it all. After seeing a oncologist specialist, I was told I had ten years or so to deal with it, so I shelved the ‘problem’ for the time being.
A few months ago, I returned to the oncologist specialist who upon examination, agreed that it was time for more surgery. I went ahead and had this scheduled in December – and then hesitated once I found out what I might be facing. It wasn’t what I hoped for or expected. I opted instead to see another surgeon who I hoped could perform a Moh’s procedure, which involves less tissue damage. He performed three biopsies and an MRI. I do indeed need additional surgery, I still have the DFSP. This doctor has had to decline the surgery as it turns out – he doesn’t have the expertise on hand that this procedure would require (I have to be put under anesthesia).
I’ve since been referred to the Mayo Clinic where there are surgical specialists who have the skills and experience necessary. I’m now scheduled to have this done next month. My current best estimate right now is the surgeons, anesthesia, hospital, travel and stay is going to cost $25,000.
I’ve had to deal with immense levels of pain for many years (over 30). Diet and exercise help the most (keep moving!) but I’m definitely slowing down. I’m 100% disabled and have been since the early 1980’s (multiple trauma injuries which is where all this stems from) – but this has never stopped me from “doing” as I’ve always advocated here on the blog. I’m not on disability, SSN or anything at all (no income). Nobody knows I’m disabled because I simply never let anyone know. I’ve always been able to give in the past and help others and I am thankful that I could, but now I need the same.
There are two ways you can help:
a) Food Assets has graciously agreed to pledge 100% of the profits from all sales made will be donated to help me through this financial expense. By placing an order on Food Assets, in return you get your order(s) and the doctors, well, they’ll get the profits, but I get to get better!
b) My wife has set up a Go Fund Me Campaign for Survival Acres (now cancelled due to lack of interest). This is a donation that will be used for the costs and expenses related to the Mayo Clinic medical procedure.
Any sort of help or support is deeply appreciated, thank you.