Update from Eric

It has been a while since I have posted any updates here but thought tonight would be a good night to do so.

Tonight, I took my very last dose of chemo. 

NO MORE CHEMO!

The radiation was finished before my surgery in January so there are no more treatments of any kind to look forward to.

My rectal pain still persists. It has gotten a lot better than when it started. To give you some perspective, I started off taking 20mg of Oxycodone every four hours. Now I am taking only 5mg-10mg a day! That is quite an improvement. There are some exceptions(like driving to the beach) where I might take 20mg a day but those are very rare. Unfortunately, I have been able to notice this slow improvement until about a month or so ago. I have not noticed any improvement for a while. 

Now that my chemo is over, my surgeon will take another look at my fissure in July and decide if I need another additional surgery to correct it or not. I really want to be completely healed and have my bag removed so that life can go back to our regular abnormal lives.

I know that God has a plan and I am so very thankful for all that he has done for us so far. I thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

We have not been asking for any additional financial support since the Spaghetti Feed. We did not reach our goal on GoFundMe but thanks to everybody who has contributed so far, we will be fine. The ticket sales to the Spaghetti Feed covered the cost of food and silent auction basket supplies. We did make money on the silent auction and other, generous donations on top of the ticket sales. Thank you to everybody who attended. The Spaghetti Feed was more for my emotional support than financial support. It really boosted my spirits to see so many people there supporting me especially since I have pretty much been a ‘shut-in’ for so long.

I am working with the folks at Clark County HR to get my benefits adjusted to a reasonable amount. Even with all of the support we have received, $2300 a month(starting July) for health benefits will eat it all up in no time. We are also working with another, private insurance agent to possibly get the rest of the family covered on their own insurance and I just maintain myself on the COBRA. We are looking at several options.

On another note, those of you who have been following my life BC(Before Cancer), know that I ruptured my achilles tendon a couple of years ago. May 12th was 2 years exactly. Although it has taken two years to get to this point, my attorney has recently filed the lawsuit to the responsible party. We knew this was coming, we just didn’t know when it would happen as lawsuits tend to take a while. We still do not know when it will be over and we can actually get a check. We would have loved to have this all resolved before I lost my job and before the medical bills started coming in. We still do not know when any moneys will actually be coming our way. It could be months or even a couple more years. I have no intention on making a profit from my cancer. When this is finally settled and and we have money in hand, I will be contacting many of you to pay back your generous contributions to us.

That wraps things up for now. Thank you all for your continued support. Prayers are still very much needed and appreciated.

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