Dad vs Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Organized by: Josh Allen
Most of my friends have never met my dad. He will turn 62 September 26th. He really has been a great dad. From boy scouts, to fishing, to providing support through college and medical school, he and my mom have always helped me through life, with love as deeply as any parent could. My dad was born and raised in Ft Lauderdale. He worked in the trucking industry for nearly twenty years. About 10 years ago, he decided to become a barber and work for himself. His barber shop is in Brownsville KY, where my parents now reside. He also drives a school bus for Edmonson County School Board. Late 2015, he began developing lower back pain. At first we ignored it like most of us do. But it worsened. Three months later, two vertebral biopsies, we were told he has Stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Stage IV because the MRI showed involvement of the dura, a lining around his brain, and his bone marrow. Without treatment his oncologist told us he had six months to live, and death would be painful. High dose chemotherapy was his recommended treatment, hoping for remission, but not curable. The chemotherapy is intense and risky, hospitalized every three weeks. There's a 10% mortality of the treatment alone. Chemotherapy literally wipes out his immune system. He's had multiple complications; in all, spent more than 45 days in the hospital, after experiencing septic shock twice and a pulmonary embolus. As I write this today, July 8th, he is lying in the ICU, day 6, with a blood and skin infection. He's recovering slowly. Along with the emotional toil, we also deal with reality, health care is expensive. My dad is not able to work. My mom has permanent disabilities that don't allow her to work. My parents are very proud, and would never ask for help. So, I decided to ask friends and loved ones if you have the means, any help would be tremendously appreciated. I'd also like to thank everyone who has reached out to me offering their help. And if you can't help financially, thanks for caring enough to read about my dad. Thank you. I love you dad.