Jose's Journey to Recovery
Organized by: Anthony Guzman
In July of 2015, my spouse Jose Ley started to develop what first appeared to be slight tinges of pain in his lower back. It swiftly advanced into something more. During a trip to a local store, he asked to have a shopping cart just to lean on so the pain can subside. While walking through the store, not more than 10 minutes after we arrived, his pain was so debilitating that I had to walk him to the car and immediately rushed him to an urgent care center. After being given painkillers that did nothing, a trip to the emergency room lead to him being told it was a grapefruit-sized tumor in his lower spine. He was also told it may be cancerous. Needless to say, this was a devastating blow to the both of us. We scheduled appointments with a local neurosurgeon to discuss the possible treatments for the tumor. After many visits and talks, a risky surgery was decided and performed in October 2015. As you can well imagine, having a tumor removed from the lower spine can be intrusive to the body. His recovery was thankfully brief (only several months) and with the aid of a walker was back up and mobile. The physical recovery may be mostly over but the financial recovery has yet to begin. After the surgery, doctors visits, medicines, and hospital stays, bills quickly piled up. Our only recourse at the time was to take out loans and credit cards to help pay for these expenses. To this day, we are still well over $10,000 in debt due to the medical bills and keeping our heads above water seems harder every day. Our goal is to alleviate or hopefully eliminate the medical debts that now loom over us. This small action would make such a large difference in both of our lives.