For The Man I Love. Don't Give Up On Us Bill: Cause.
Organized by: Rosemarie Lachman
My husband Bill has worked since he was 14. Served his country in the Navy. We met soon after that, got married. We were young (me 19 & he was 21). 26 years later, here we are. We have 3 boys. Our youngest has a lot of disabilities. He had a stroke at birth, a rare chromosome disorder, learning disabilities ect..... It was scary and overwhelming for us. He has come a long way, always has a smile and has brought us great joy. 8 months after giving birth to him I woke up one day and had lost my vision. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. There's my husband working 2 jobs, coming home caring for me and our kids. As the years went by we decided to move to NC. Living in NY was getting to expensive. My husband found a job right away. Things were going good, then on July 31, 2015 he came home from work not feeling well. As each day went by he got sicker. The 3rd day I rushed him to the hospital and he was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. He was so bad they didn't think he was going to make it. We both were sitting there in shock! I went numb and started crying. At this time we didn't have health insurance because it was to expensive. We hugged each other and he told me he will be ok. The next morning I called his boss to let him know. He was shocked as well. He felt horrible for us. He was able to get health insurance for my husband through his job. We thanked him so much. He said he is there for my husband that he is a great guy and great worker. We were lost for words. Appreciated that so much! He went for extensive chemotherapy treatments. He was suppose to go for 12 rounds but had to stop after 10 because it was damaging his lungs, nerve tissue and heart. He is on oxygen now. The lymph nodes shrank some, but there are some that are still enlarged and they found some cancer cells in his stomach. Like anyone in this kind of situation with no income we fell behind in bills. He feels like a failure as a dad and husband. He's far from that. He doesn't want to see doctors anymore or go for tests. He said we wouldn't have all these financial problems if he wasn't around. He's giving up on us and he can't do that. He applied for disability and was denied. Stage 4 cancer, damaged heart and lungs, worked since he was 14 served his country and this is what he gets! He's an electrician mind you. I'm sure he's not the only one out there. We are appealing their decision, in the meantime we are behind in house payments our electricity and water are going to be shut off in 2 days, our car broke down, not much to eat and bill collectors constantly calling. I don't know how long my husband has, hopefully it's a long time. Him knowing we will be losing our home things getting shut off no food ect... Is not helping his health. He's been there for me and my boys. The least I can do for him is try to get rid of some of our financial problems. I believe in FAITH LOVE and HOPE!!