Rod Suess; The Glass is Half-Full
Organized by: Virginia Fitzsimmons
November 09, 2016
EVENT DATE Sep 29, 2016
My brother, Rod Suess, was diagnosed in June with esophageal cancer.
Shocking, surreal, and unbelievable news.
From my heart, I could not believe that my little brother was facing this! It was too big, too scary, and way too complicated for me and my parents, Charlotte and Jerry Suess, to fathom. I doubt my words could describe how my brother must have felt.
He was told by his oncologist he was at stage 3 upon his diagnosis. Then, a short time later, doctors learned that the cancer had spread to 3 places in his bones. Stage 4.
Rod has kept his usual sarcastic humor and has continued to work as a manager and bartender at The Blue Monkey during his treatments.
His friends, all of you guys reading this, have kept him in the race.
I call Rod my favorite dark horse citing the British definition:
'dark horse' - noun
- a competitor in a race or contest about whom little is known; an unknown
- a person who reveals little about himself or his activities, especially one who has unexpected talents or abilities
As I write today, the tumor that was blocking 96% of his food from ever reaching his stomach has responded well to the chemo treatments and has shrunk by 75%!
The truth is, Rod will have to endure countless chemo pills, pain, bouts of fatigue, and hours of waiting in Dr.'s offices. The tumor is not gone. Dr's have made clear the tumor will need to be attacked continually and with different treatments. The cancer in Rod's rib and right hip and will most likely need radiation. Those treatments have yet to be scheduled.
For a snapshot of the costs of treatments, check this out:
- Each treatment of bagged chemo given intravenously at West Clinic costs more than $9000.
- He has 5 treatments to pay for.
- The next round of treatments start in a few weeks. No cost estimate has been figured.
My folks are helping but they are retired. I love Rod and I love my folks. Rod has qualified for TennCare but there are limits on what treatments and procedures will be paid for.
Your financial support will ease the financial burden and provide hope for my brother's continued treatments.
I boldly ask you to help by submitting a gift to help pay for the past and upcoming treatments for Rod.
This big sister humbly thanks you in advance for your generosity.