Thursday, August 23, 2012
But it ended up far from it.
For those who are not familiar with the story, I won't but briefly recap....if you want the full monty....see this posting here. That's where it started.
With what we thought was a treated and killed cancer in my throat and larynx, a recent PET Scan showed not only live cells in the larynx.....it had also begun to spread to the right lymph node.
Being a layman, I was under the impression that the ballgame was over.
Called on account of cancer.
I was wrong.
Good Friends, Thomas Knight and David Rea, started an Internet campaign to help raise the funds for a life-saving surgery. My low cost low-income insurance dropped me as well as did Medicaid because I "made too much money".
I receive 1130 dollars a month in SSI. While the VA was an option, the wheels of that organization move much too slowly to address a spreading cancer. While they may provide some help in the future, for now, they are not an option for me.
An Indiegogo account was set up and in a matter of days, over 17K was raised on that page alone. Thomas Knight had also provided a link on his website for people to donate and to date we have 31K banked against my medical costs.
I will never touch that money....Thomas will administrate the funding and see to it that the proper medical personnel and hospitals receive the payments owed.
Still, 31 thousand dollars, facing a radical neck dissection, isn't a lot of money. Things were not looking good.
Until the phone rang on the 21st of August at 10:13 in the morning.
His name is Mickey Jordan and he was calling on behalf of Doctor Peter Scholl. Dr. Scholl is an ENT with decades of experience and specializes in the type of surgery I need.
A surgery which can take from 8-12 hours.
Mickey instructed me to call Dr. Scholl's office and that he wanted to talk to me.
He did so today in his office.
The long and short of it? Dr. Scholl has agreed to provide me the life-saving surgery I need, and will work for whatever we raise. I will be given medication to slow and treat the existing cancer, thus buying me time until the surgery can be performed.
I don't know what to say to you...or to Dr. Scholl. Thank you doesn't come close. The only thing I CAN do is thank you and continue doing what I do at Reglue.
it's all I know how to do.
Apparently, and thankfully.....that seems to be all you expect of me anyway.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 12:55 PM